I talk a lot about bridging the divide that can sometimes exist between tech people and the people on stage. Not only is there a large physical distance that separates us from each other (the distance between the booth and the stage), but there is also a world view that can be very different.
So, what do you do in a situation where you are working 50 hours/week, training volunteers as fast as you can, and still aren’t understood or appreciated for the work you are doing? What do you do when only the shortcomings of your ministry are noticed and the gains are overlooked?
You are not alone – there are many tech people all over the world that struggle with situations like this every day. The evil one wants to thwart us every chance he gets, and the relationship between you and your worship leader or senior pastor is a prime target for him to mess with. What can you do? How about finding another TD at a church in your area and reach out to him/her. Pray for each other, encourage each other. Join ctdrt.com and connect with other TDs. We all struggle to one degree or another. Know you aren’t alone, and reach out to those around you.
God created you uniquely – even though you may not be understood or getting along with your counterparts in ministry, God created you specifically for a purpose and it is important to push through difficult situations and taste a more beautiful version of the way God created the Body of Christ.
Perseverance Builds Character – Blah, blah, blah. That sounds like something my parents would say to me. But in James 1 it says:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Stick with it. God is using your current situation to form you into the person you were meant to be. It certainly isn’t easy, but it is necessary to not only form you, but to fulfill the purposes of the body of Christ where you are.
What is your unique contribution to the church that you have been called to?
In what ways is God calling you to push through in order to get to the other side?
How can I reach out to another church production person and encourage them to continue on?