But truthfully, it’s somewhat of a miracle that we’ve been able to do this in our church of 140. I know many churches five times our size that are not able to do this or have hired several full-time videographers in order to make it happen. My son, though, leads a team of 30 volunteers each week to make it happen. To add to the difficulty, we’re a mobile church. That means that everything has to be set up each and every Sunday morning, and adding the additional video equipment and lights has only added to our volunteers’ work.
I have just enough knowledge to know that what our team is accomplishing each week is incredibly high level stuff. The complexity is certainly way beyond my level of understanding, and most of our volunteers have learned along the way. One of my favorite parts of every Sunday morning is watching all our people seamlessly work together for the glory of our Lord. To me, that’s what the church is really all about—I just didn’t expect that to be highlighted through our use of technology. The best relationships, both with God and each other, are built through our time serving the Lord together side by side, even if that’s while working on a video camera.
Because I’m certainly not going to jump in to help with lighting anytime soon, one of my important roles in helping the technology efforts advance is to appreciate our volunteers. I want to make sure they don’t burn out, so I’m constantly encouraging them and thanking them. I check in to see how they’re doing with the additional stress, and I communicate my concern for their well-being. I’m encouraged by their commitment to the ministry and to finding new and more efficient ways to use technology in our context.
This has been a huge change to my role as pastor. When we planted our church, there were only three of us who planned and set up for services. We made the bulletins, the slides, the coffee, and refreshments. It’s amazing to see the transformation from our simple beginning to where we are now.
The Balance Between Building and Managing
In church planting, there are two responsibilities: building and then managing what you’ve built. I find myself continually shifting gears between these two very different roles. I think I’m an okay manager, but to be honest, managing drains me. What gives me the most energy is starting new things—after all, I was called to plant a church. One of my biggest challenges is finding a healthy balance between the two, especially as our church grows older and there’s a bigger need for me to manage rather than start new things.