Role of an Audio Director: Plan Both to Succeed and Fail

It may seem obvious to anyone that works in production that planning well out in advance is crucial. However, the hardest thing to plan for could just be winging it.

Role of an Audio Director: Plan Both to Succeed and Fail
If you have a lot of volunteers that mix, having familiar and consistent show file templates for them to use raises the confidence level of those serving. This can particularly be true if you have several venues and mix positions across your church campus.

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Role of an Audio Director: Plan Both to Succeed and Fail

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I’m not sure you are ever prepared to be a leader, but chances are you’ve worked hard and have just become the go-to guy or gal to suddenly find yourself now in charge.

If a software or hardware issue appears, do you know how to work around it?

However, it becomes even more daunting when you take on a technical role, particularly that of an audio director.

No pressure there, only the entire event is being communicated through the audio systems you have become responsible for. To top it off, everyone who is not on the audio team, is an audio expert and will gladly share with you their opinions.

If you are a seasoned veteran of large venues, or a volunteer responsible for the small church down the road, you are always looking for ways to improve those things for which you hold responsibility.

It is my hope that some of the following key areas can be a guide to help you reach greater potential within your audio systems and teams.

Have thick skin

This might not have so much to do with audio, as it does with how you interact with others that choose to share in with what you do. By that I mean your own technical team, musicians, pastors, and yes, even those who can’t wait to tell you what is wrong with audio.

Let me give you the good and bad news right away here.

OK, here’s the bad news: audio is probably hands down the single area of ministry that is most complained about, blamed, left out of conversations, underbudgeted, forgotten, and hardest production skill set to master.

The good news is that audio can have some of the most direct impact to the body of the church as the pastor itself. As much as the pastor gives credit to God for using him to speak through him to the church, the audio systems of the church are also a vessel in which God speaks to the church.

I want to encourage you to have thick skin on those days that it just sucks. Remind yourself of the bigger picture, and of all the great things God uses what you do to communicate through you! At a later time, go back and have some conversations to improve on some of the tougher things that your team struggles with.


More About Debbie Keough
Debbie Keough is currently a freelance audio engineer based in the Orange County area of Southern California. She has held FOH, lighting, media and technical director positions from the largest megachurches to smaller local churches. Additionally, she is an instructor at The Recording Arts Center in San Diego, California. She loves mixing and her heart is to teach, encourage and raise up the next generation of technical artists in the church. She can be reached on Instagram and Twitter @debbiekeough.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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