Churches want worship and tech arts people who are well rounded; people who have a diversity of skill-sets and can handle every aspect of their job description. The problem is, a well rounded person is also called “a Jack-of-all trades, but master of none”. But don’t fret! You don’t have to know it all; you just have to be networked enough to know who has the answer.
Remember, it’s not how much you know, it’s who you know.
If you ever have the chance to hang out with pastors during their sermon development time, you’ll typically find a huge library of books they reference for research. Today that might also mean additional research is done online via podcasts of other preachers, blogs and E-books, all for the purpose of pulling together the best content to help them deliver a well-crafted message.
In the same way, worship and tech arts needs a large reference library, too. In fact, there are a few books that I think are worth buying and reading that help any of us in the creative arts ministries. Here’s a partial list:
- The Heart of Technical Excellence
- Branding Faith
- An Hour On Sunday
- Guide to Sound Systems for Worship
- The Blogging Church
- Can We Do That?
- The Starbucks Experience
- Emerging Worship
But more than books (which are great), knowing who you can call or email is a huge – possibly the biggest – asset.
The greatest tool for creative artists isn’t software or hardware; it’s peopleware.
- Who can you call when you run into a technical snag?
- Who would respond to an urgent text message if you needed help with a last-minute project?
- Who do you email to get a second opinion on that new quote for equipment?
- Who could you call when life and ministry are just plain tough?
You don’t have to be the person who knows it all. You just have to know who to call.
It’s not how much you do, it’s how much you get done.
Have an address book full of people who are experts where you are weak, helpful and available, friendly and compassionate, creative and inspiring, industrious and resourceful and spiritually strong and faithful. You simply can’t have too many people in your network!
Here’s your assignment:
- Reach out and introduce yourself to at least 5 worship/tech/creative arts people in churches within a 20 minute drive.
- Have a monthly lunch with area worship, creative and technical arts peers. Mix it up and make sure it’s not just techies or just worship leaders. Be consistent and meet regularly.
- Subscribe to both secular and Christian trade publications and reach out to the authors that intrigue you the most by contacting them via email.
- Heck, email me. Introduce yourself and provide your contact info. I love being networked. anthony AT anthonycoppedge.com
- Tweet with me! I’m very accessible on Twitter: @anthonycoppedge
- Connect with me on Facebook: Facebook.com/anthonycoppedge
- Finally, share this blog post with at least 3 peers who you think need to hear this assignment from God.
I can’t wait to see how God expands your ministry, reach and influence! And I can’t wait to connect with you!