3 Critical Checks for Sound Team Leaders
We are called to grow in our spiritual gifts. This includes those with technical skills who are serving in the church. As a Sound Team Lead here are some practical checks you can regularly make that will have a lasting impact on your personal growth and also on those you disciple.
1. Check with your team.
As a sound lead your goal is to build a ministry team. It’s too common for the Sound Board area to become a walled castle, where a single sound tech stands alone running the production for the service. As a lead you want to disciple and grow more servants who have gifts in technology and sound. Every week you need to check with your team and see how they are doing. You want to know them personally. If someone is stressed at work or at home you need to know because that can impact their ability to run the sound system. This also helps you remain aware of any signs of servant burnout – an all too common symptom of servants who are over stressed yet unwilling to step back from serving out of guilt, resulting in frustration and in the end, a hardened heart against their calling, or the church as a whole. All this to say, treat your team as a family and keep engaged with them.
2. Check with the Worship Leader
You and your worship leader need to be in sync. It’s a bad sign if the Worship Leader still refers to you as “Sound Guy”, or “Hey, Buddy”. You can create that relationship if it doesn’t already exist by checking in with them before every practice, rehearsal, and service. Let them know you are part of the team and are supporting them. It’s also a good time to reaffirm your mutual role in serving the congregation. The Worship Leader can provide you with any last minute updates on the set list, or specific direction for the service.
3. Check with your Pastor
The Pastor is responsible for shepherding the congregation and leading the church. In a sense he is your boss as the Sound Team Lead – even more so if it’s a paid position instead of a volunteer position. Seek his input before service on the overall atmosphere of the service and look for feedback after each service. In addition to his personal preference for the feel of the sound in the church – he also gets more direct feedback from the congregation if someone doesn’t like the way the service sounds. Give him an opportunity to pass that along to you for immediate resolution. Remember to remain humble and approachable.
By Michael Nettis
Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.