Focus on Spiritual Health Leads Tech Leaders Retreat Panel Talk

One of the most common words that came up repeatedly from each of the panelists was the element of relationships.

Focus on Spiritual Health Leads Tech Leaders Retreat Panel Talk
David Leuschner, formerly of Gateway Church and currently the Executive Director for Digital Great Commission Ministries, speaks during the Tech Leaders Retreat at the WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas, as Jeff Sandstrom, a music producer and engineer, who has partnered with North Point Ministries, listens.

Photos & Slideshow

Focus on Spiritual Health Leads Tech Leaders Retreat Panel Talk

WFX News

Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix
Space Quickly Transformed for Worship At WFX
A Glimpse Into WFX 2017
Learning Solutions Laid Out in Solid Sessions at WFX

WFX Resource

Affordable Portable Video: Within Reach
Even with 4k and 8k now on the market, HD-SDI (720p or 1080p) is the most cost effective option for an affordable portable video system.
·

With a packed conference room for the annual Tech Leaders Retreat, with more than 200 attendees taking in the four-and-a-half hour session, four tech team leaders discussed a range of topics, from avoiding burnout, how to be a good communicator, and the matter of building trust among members of your staff.

“Part of communication is listening, even though people think it is just talking.”

Two in the group, Justin Firesheets, Production Manager for Church of the Highlands and David Leuschner, formerly of Gateway Church and currently the Executive Director for Digital Great Commission Ministries, have previously been part of the Tech Leaders panel at WFX. This year, they were joined by Andrew Stone, Production Manager and Audio Director for Church on the Move and Jeff Sandstrom, a music producer and engineer, who has partnered with North Point Ministries.

During the preconference workshop at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Conference Center in Dallas for the WFX Conference & Expo, the group mixed things up, between discussing things as a full panel, or where each panelist held the floor for about 20 minutes or longer discussing a series of subjects, to also having a handful of breakout sessions, including asking attendees to discuss current challenges facing their tech teams and possible solutions.

One of the most common words that came up repeatedly from each of the panelists was the element of relationships.

To Firesheets, he asked the attendees the question, “How do I manage all those relationships (within the tech team or those you work with), to keep them healthy, honoring and respectful? When confronted with bitterness, anger and division, it can poison everything we do, he noted, likely derailing one from being in the correct frame of mind, to where “a little bit of reflection time is needed, to get a relationship healthy again.”

In that realm, Leuschner discussed having worked at a church 15 years ago, with “a 5,000-seat auditorium, and it was me (running the tech side largely on his own). The situation had deteriorated to a point where he noted having to “define what an emergency was, and everything was. And that was not healthy.” In attempting to improve the situation, though, he explained having a series of conversations, to where “I was attacking … it did not go very well.”

From that, Stone talked about the need to be “rocking with a servant’s heart,” and how after taking a position at Church on the Move in 2005, he had a rather awkward meeting a year in with the then-tech team leader. “He was visibly nervous … he was petrified,” noted Stone.


More About Andres Caamano
Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
Get in Touch: acaamano@ehpub.com    More by Andres Caamano

Latest Resource

Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


Article Topics

News · Team Management · Leadership · Spiritual Health · Team Development · Volunteers · Andrew Stone · Church · Communication · Dallas · David Leuschner · Jeff Sandstrom · All Topics

Support and Enhance the Worship Message

The latest strategies for sound, lighting and facilities can help you better attract and engage with your congregation. With Worship Facilities’ insights on leadership, communication and administrative tools, each issue shows you how to design and maintain your facility and how to adapt it to meet the changing needs of today’s members.
Explore the success stories of others, and find ways to enhance your weekly services. Get a free subscription to Worship Facilities magazine. Subscribe today!

Comments

©2017 Worship TechDirector · A Division of EH Publishing, Inc. d.b.a EH Media. All Rights Reserved.