Many of us involved in running live sound, lights, slides, video, and other similar production technologies can grow very fond of our tools, constantly seeking out the latest widget to sweeten up our mix or make our graphics pop.
While there's nothing wrong with enjoying our gear and applying our technical skill to serve our congregation in worship...
Technology is not the point. Worship is why we gather. The technology we use should simply support the mission of the church - it should not become the focus.
I've been professionally involved in audio and video technology for the better part of 20 years. I love it!
And it's a very useful tool.
But it is ONLY a tool.
My sound system is not the Word, it merely helps reinforce the Word.
Like any tool, we should invest in the right equipment for doing the job. And we should train our teams to be effective with the tools we use (otherwise, what's the point?). But we should also take a step back from time to time and consider how we are using our technology.
Is it solving the problems we have?
Are we using it effectively?
Is there something we should be doing different?
That's my challenge to you today.
Spend a moment to consider how you use your church technology and remember that it is simply a tool.
Sometimes less is more.
NOTE: I was inspired to write this after listening to a recent ChurchMag podcast, "When is there too much tech in church?" Eric and the gang have a bunch of other great podcasts and resources available for church tech folks. I definitely recommend listening to their candid, insightful, and fun discussions each week!