How Committed Is Your Tech Team Volunteer?

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Need to know if your volunteers are 'all in'? Bryan Brooks' list will help.

When it comes to leading a tech-ministry, especially a solely volunteer-based one, it can be easy to make the assumption that each volunteer on the team is as committed as you are. But in fact, we all know that’s not reality. Volunteers are all over the map in terms of their commitment level because of a myriad of legitimate reasons.

To help stabilize the varying commitment levels and seek out those committed volunteers, run each volunteer through the eight commitments in the list below. If you discover that he or she cannot commit to any one of these, it could signal that they are not as committed as you might have thought:

Have a teachable spirit.

This is uber-important. When this trait exists, they can be corrected without feeling rejected, they are teachable and will listen to constructive criticism.

Staying current in their craft.

They should be open-minded to constantly learning new things. If running the tech-ministry systems is not something that they have trained for in school or in life, they should be willing to work at earning the craft through attending seminars and workshops, reading books / articles on the subject, participating in online discussion groups / forums and so on.

Be faithful to their commitments.

Attending scheduled practices, church services, conferences and events on time and ready and willing to serve. Be there when you commit to be there. Be there early. Arrive early enough to get to your position and be ready to perform.

Strive for unity with their team members

who serve alongside them in the tech-ministry and worship teams. This means that they will do their absolute best to avoid gossip, not allow unresolved disagreements to fester and clearly communicate their feelings or needs in a loving, graceful manner.

Participate in tech-ministry housekeeping activities.

Helping with set-up and clean-up of equipment in tech-ministry operational areas. With every team member making a contribution, the work gets done faster and properly.

Availability to serve.

Serve as much as is practical while keeping God’s priorities for their life intact. Also, when and where possible provide support coverage for tech-ministry team members when they are not available to serve.

Being responsible and accountable for their serving assignments.

It is their responsibility to show up and fulfill their serving assignments. If something pops up last minute that results in them not being able to fulfill the serving assignment, it is their responsibility to find a replacement.

To read, be responsive and acknowledge all team communications

that are delivered via phone, email, SMS Text or notifications.

Bryan Brooks Bryan Brooks is a blogger, author and technology coach. He also worships and serves as the Director of Technology at The Fathers House Church in Vacaville CA. To see more of his work, visit www.bryanbrooks.com

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  • yellowrachel

    I actually ran across this article by mistake, Bryan, and when I saw the title, I literally did a double take out of shock because I had just been discussing this issue with my hubby. I am the Fine Arts Director at a church 600, booming with growth, about to start a 3rd service on Sunday morning, but with an outdated sound system that is complimented with brand new odds and ends, added on a per need/per case basis, and a low budget for anything technical. But we have an amazing all-volunteer tech team that is really committed to every rehearsal for our Sunday services, including separate choir/band/praise team vocal rehearsals. Though none of them are formally trained in audio/visual capacity, through workshops that we do with them and through their own reading and study, they do an amazing job with what limited resources we are given (which may be part of the reason why money is never put aside for tech equipment, they really make magic happen with our stuff! lol)
    We recently added a new associate pastor who is the “producer” for our services now, controlling the flow of the service and the type of graphics, sound levels, introducing different presentation software and computer interfaces, etc, often going into the sound booth during “big days” to correct things….and our team is hemorrhaging insecurity and a bit of an offense at his very presence. As amazing and committed as they are, they have become negative and fearful and easily embarrassed and at our weekly planning sessions they will joke about not being paid for this or that they might need a break or are thinking of quitting.
    I have been at an impasse trying to come up with a plan for keeping my team during this awesome transition (I really do think it’s necessary to have this wonderful new staffer to bring us more into the vision that we have for our church and our community), and making them feel appreciated and loved, without pay, and without putting a stop to these changes.
    So, last night, I was discussing this with my husband and I actually asked that question: I think that my wonderful team has been kidnapped by aliens, what’s happened to them? Are they going to quit? Have they not “bought in” anymore? I thought they were committed.”
    So, when I saw your article, and read it, it really encouraged me, cuz my team is still my team according to these really good points you have listed here. God give me wisdom to come up with a plan soon so that I can carry us through this transition :)