Tech Guys in churches are islands. I am not sure who coined that phrase but it is so true. The team that is first to arrive and last to leave often goes unnoticed. They are also often times not understood, “What do you mean we need a video switcher? We just bought one 10 years ago.” So while staff meetings are good, and going to lunch with other departments is a great thing, (see my other post: Taco Tuesday) you need some solidarity with like minded people.
Here in the Indianapolis area we have a group of Tech Directors that meets every month for lunch. We gather on the 2nd Wednesday at a central church and meet in their common area. Sometimes we’ll have a leadership lesson, other times the conversation is just to good to interrupt. This time together re-energizes me, it allows me to talk through issues and get new perspectives. The great thing is that it is attended by churches of all sizes, and since we all agree that we’re on the same team we leave denominational issues at the door. We also leave church size out of the conversation, we can talk tech and how things are working, but we want the church of 300 to contribute just as much as the church of 6,000. Through this relationship, we have become somewhat of rental houses for each other. Swapping mics, stage design pieces, and lights with one another to help out.
These relationships are imperative to keeping a healthy ministry going, you cannot survive as an island, so build a bridge and get out there.