WAVE is proud to announce that Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida, has been featured recently on the Meyer Sound website as one of it’s featured facilities! Head on over here to check it out!
Velocity is the rate of speed. What speed are we moving at?
OUR CULTURE PUTS A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON SPEED. Speed is daring and exciting. Often as the church we fall into the trap of needing to run faster and faster. We believe the faster we accelerate the more impact we will have. Often we have a different kind of impact as we hit the wall head-on.
WE CAN ALSO MOVE TOO SLOW. This can happen when our leadership lacks a clear vision and are paralyzed by the complexity of decisions before them. We don’t hit the wall. We simply never get to the wall.
VELOCITY IS ABOUT A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPEED. It is about keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. Jesus invites us into a new world. This world is His Kingdom. There are times when we must speed up. There are times that we must slow down. This is the velocity that we embrace.
Join WAVE at Mountain Lake Church this February as we help church planters find their velocity! We are also pleased to announce that our own Armando Fullwood will be speaking!
January 29 – February 2 WAVE is proud to announce that we will be part of Awakening Revival with Celebration Church in Jacksonville Florida. This FREE 5-night revival is sure to be a powerful experience where together, we encounter the presence of God. Each night will be filled with incredible speakers and powerful worship. You simply won’t want to miss it. Speakers include Stovall Weems, Bishop TD Jakes, Steven Furtick and others as well as worship by Grammy Award Winning Israel Houghton and New Breed.
At WFX 2012 in Atlanta Georgia, WAVE is honored to not only be teaching and sponsoring the HOT Classes (Hands On Training) but will also be the creative designers and producers for this years HUB! If you’re coming to WFX this year make sure you stop by the HUB and say hi, our booth will be located right there. Can’t wait to see you there!
This week August 29 – September 1st the WAVE team is honored to be producing Deeper Conference hosted by Israel Houghton! This year Deeper Conference is featuring Pastor Steven Furtick, Pastor Jetzen Franklin, as well as Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton and many other incredible performances and presentations by some of the biggest names in gospel and contemporary christian worship. Click on over HERE to get more info!
Deeper Conference includes workshops to help teach techniques in leading worship, empowering leaders, and equipping musicians to reach greater heights in their worship environments. Check it out!
Sometimes, it starts by opening a Word document, tapping on the screen of a tablet, or scratching it out on paper. It could be forced or natural but the important part, to us, is that our ideas are thought out and executed with technical excellence. We pour our time and passion into the ideas we create thinking out each detail so that it flows perfectly. It all leads up to the Sunday morning service. Everything makes technical sense and we’re ready to go. Then, a worship leader comes in and in our minds, “messes things up” or a pastor comes in to check out what you have ready to go and says “that’s gotta change”. We feel like someone kicked us in the gut. It made technical sense; why is this wrong?
If you’re taking the time to read this, chances are you’re passionate about church production and using this medium to further the Kingdom of God in fresh and new ways. You’ve not only received a call from the Lord, but you have embraced it and you thrive in doing what you feel like you were created to do. God requires nothing less than all of you. The gifts you have been given are not yours to keep, they are to be invested and given freely. I think we all understand that.
But, what happens when your fiery passion, enthusiasm and talents collide with what church leadership wants or the direction they want you to go?
I may not have been around the block as many times as some, but I have worked with production teams in quite a few different churches over the past few years. This tension is common and probably isn’t going to just go away. However, there are some areas we can pay attention to and focus on to make our teams work together more smoothly. As you read this, think about what areas you are strong in and what areas need work. Here are five things that I’ve found helpful as a fellow technical director in the journey:
Get the Proper Perspective
If it’s all about Jesus, then it simply can’t be about us. If we’re all working towards a common goal, then it will set us on a path of unity in our direction. Otherwise, we will have placed ourselves on a higher pedestal then God Himself. Effectiveness comes when we realize that we have to take our passions and our talent out of the context of us and put it in the context of others and the ultimate goal of reaching people for Christ.
Drop your ego.
We must make sure we balance the passionate focus of our respective fields and dealing with other people. We can’t let our own personality take over. No one wants that. We should strive to develop our skills and let our artistry and flow from creativity based in our God-given giftings, rather then our flawed human personality.
Leave your ego at home and focus on learning your craft well and giving out of the spiritual outpouring on your life and overflow of your heart.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
When we talk about team unity and we talk about iron sharpening iron. But, if you think about it, if does sharpen iron, there has to be contact. There is pressure involved as well as time. We must come together and communicate as well as give adequate time for the sharpening process to occur. Our leadership should give us enough time to accurately execute what we have been talented and skilled to do. If they don’t or can’t, we get frustrated don’t we? But, by the same right, we can’t drop a bombshell request on our leadership and ask them for an immediate decision on something that we’ll be working on for the next week. Any good leader will almost definitely review the decisions they have made and think through what they have done. They may change their mind and then impose changes on us making our lives more difficult. Nothing can change unless we communicate our ideas clearly and intentionally.
We must remember to be confident in what God has called us to when we present our ideas, but also be humble and willing to listen. Remember though, it works both ways. We must hear our leadership out respectfully when they present their ideas to us. We can’t shut them down right away if we don’t like their idea. It’s important that we evaluate what they’re saying and help them scale the idea to fit the church, time frame and other contextual factors.
Also, during the sharpening process, metal is cut away from both pieces of iron. Sometimes, we need to let go of some things that may not belong or be worth our energy and effort in order to build something better, sharper, and more reliable. The greatest thing is also not only that we make our own skills sharper, but also we are helping those who work with us to continue honing their gifts and talents into what God wants them to be. It strengthens the entire body of Christ.
Don’t hide your frustration
Conflict isn’t always bad; it can alert us to areas where attention is needed. I think most creative-type people tend to push rejection and the hurt caused by that judgment aside because they feel like if they dwell on it, they won’t be able to move forward. If we ignore frustration and ignore the things that cause it, there is no chance for healing. And as with any pain or sin, it will eventually affect everyone around you. Sometimes, you’re not the only one in pain. It helps us to know that we aren’t the only ones right? Don’t bottle up emotions. Find healthy ways to release them. Otherwise, you’ll eventually self-destruct as a person and as a creative and your gifts will be lost.
Spend time with likeminded people
In my area, I will occasionally meet with other fellow church technical directors who have very similar responsibilities and challenges. It’s refreshing to know we’re not alone in what we are struggling with or working through. Support each other and pray for each other. Draw strength from each other and learn from one another.
In review, we must keep things in the right perspective. God is sovereign and He will build his kingdom with our without us. It’s a privilege to be a part of it. There’s no room for our pride or our ego to come in the way. It is simply too important of a calling. We must depend on each other to be effective and be in communication with one another. It may not always be comfortable or easy, but it has to happen in order to sharpen our skills and ideas. Communicate those ideas to others who are like you and learn from them. Learn to listen and embrace the tension. It’s the key to being effective.
Jason Castellente serves faithfully in the technology department of National Community Church, one of the country’s most vibrant and innovative churches. Check him out on Twitter and read more of his writings over at his Blog!
Recently WAVE’s own Matt Moreland spent some time down in Houston at Lakewood Church designing lighting for 4 time Grammy Award winning Israel Houghton and Newbreed‘s newest live DVD! When the advertisements came out for the upcoming DVD we were very happy to see Matt’s awesome work right in the middle of it all! Check out some shots of this historic project and don’t forget to watch out for the upcoming DVD and CD!!!
Matt is credited with being the Lighting Director at Free Chapel in Gainsville Ga as well as being a lighting designer for both BJ Putnam and Ricardo Sanchez. To catch up with Matt connect with us via the website or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org!