6 Essential Priorities to Empower Tech Leaders
With so many production responsibilities, how can technology directors get it all done without working 60 hours or more each week?
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Here are practical tips to stay focused on the big picture, shuffle priorities, all while remaining humble.
Worship leader, sound technician, graphics designer, stage designer, video editor, Web producer — it’s not uncommon for these job duties (and more!) to be performed solely by a church’s technology director. With so many production responsibilities (and an ever increasing desire among church leadership to use technology in creative new ways), how can technology directors get it all done without working 60 hours or more each week?
By staying focused on the big picture, respecting priorities, and remaining humble, the tech director’s responsibilities can be managed. The six tips below will get you headed in the right direction.
1. Get The Priorities Straight
Managing priorities goes well beyond the task-oriented to-do lists facing technology directors. It’s important to maintain a perspective that includes the big picture.
First, tech directors need to focus on their relationship with God first. After all, this work is Spirit-empowered work. You wouldn’t expect the pastor to go the entire week without time for Bible study, would you? Start by being with God. Then, you can do His work.
After God comes family. If your children think the church is your home, then you need to reevaluate your time.
2. Remember Who’s In Charge
Your pastor has the final say. For any tech director who works hard on a great idea, it can be discouraging to see it dismissed. No matter how good your ideas may be, however, it is still the pastor’s role to approve or redirect. Good communication with decision-makers can go a long way in mitigating wasted time and maximizing efforts.
3. Know Your Limitations
We just can’t do it all. While trying to do everything may seem heroic (and playing the martyr may get a few pity points), the truth is: It’s up to us to be honest about what we can reasonably complete. Trying to plan Sunday services, edit videos, visit people in the hospital, schedule volunteers, and write click tracks is a big load for one person. So, be clear with yourself and with those who lead you about what you can and cannot do and about the limitations you face.
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