puffy paint and scrappiness

This is a guest post by Chelsea Pribyl, FILO Chief Operations Officer.

One of the final items that I discovered on a big closet re-org project recently was this shirt. Just as the production swag items in your closet can probably relate, it’s a t-shirt I’ve had in my collection for a really long time. About 13 years. This one stuck out to me as I purged.

This shirt reminds me of my early years of ministry. For me, my early years of being a church technical director were in youth ministry. Where expectations were massive and budgets were rather tiny. Where most volunteers were unreliable. I’d receive the inevitable “no-shows” on Sunday morning. The equipment wasn’t functioning well. Stresses were often unbearable.

But in my younger years of early ministry I was scrappy, adventurous, and up for a challenge.

This shirt was made by hand. By a 19-year-old female leader eager to unify the tiny team she did have. She made the shirt with puffy paint and a template cut out of overhead projector transparencies and an Exacto knife.

It meant a lot to that girl when someone would say, “You’ve got this! Keep going!”

So as I reflect on this little treasure today, I am eager to not lose sight of that scrappiness and adventure and challenge. May I never lose touch with where I began, how far I’ve come, and the people who guided me along the way.

Related Resource: To continue developing your skills as a tech artist or as a leader, learn more about FILO Coaching with Todd.

Chelsea Pribyl

Chelsea Pribyl

Between having worked in the technical arts for a decade at Willow Creek Community Church and now being married to an audio engineer, Chelsea easily relates to the FILO tribe. In 2016, Chelsea realized that serving the FILO community was exactly where God wanted her. She has a strong passion for training and equipping the FILO tribe and her heart explodes when they all gather together and worship at events. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys eating at new gourmet restaurants with her husband, marathon shopping trips with her sister and snuggles with her pups.

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MAY 2-3, 2023