Ultimately, any sound system is only as good as the people operating it. Their ministry is crucial to the effectiveness of much that takes place during services. Therefore, it is very important to provide the same level of personal and spiritual attention to the sound tech staff as you would any other church ministry group. We all know that a certain investment must be made in order to produce quality sound in a church. However, it is not the value of the equipment alone that assures the quality of the sound. It is also the level of importance that each member places on what they do. We often evaluate the technical aptitude of the sound team members but fail to consider their spiritual fitness. The leader of such a ministry may not necessarily be the most experienced technical member. He or she must however be a strong spiritual leader.
One of the most critical and often forgotten elements in any endeavor is the understanding of clear direction and purpose. Without this, the focus of what we do or why we do it can be lost. The need for such a statement is especially important for sound techs. Because of the highly technical aspects of their work there may be a tendency to focus on the hardware and its operation instead of why they are serving and Whom they are serving. . Our mission statement keeps us focused on why we do what we do.
The Sanctuary Sound Team exists for one purpose:
“ To aid, assist and support every ministry endeavor that requires the technical expertise of our ministry,
to the end of drawing others to Christ.”
Statement of Purpose & Commitment
We are committed to God, our assembly and its leadership, and the mission to which we are called.
We are committed to being professional in our craft, and in the execution of our skills.
We are committed to following the guidelines of this ministry as unto the Lord.
We are to encourage and support other members of the team with whom we serve. We are to submit to each other in love as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are to build up one another, and have the responsibility of eliminating any word or action that is not constructive to our ministry team and the unity of the body.
We are responsible, individually and as a team, for our technical and spiritual development through study and commitment.
As we serve, we embrace the scripture “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
We seek to enhance the worship experience for all those who attend.
We seek to show by example how to operate as a team and still be leaders individually. (1Cor. 12:12)
We seek to minister to the Father, and to the church body during every service, recognizing that there is a corporate anointing that takes place when we enter into his presence, and that this corporate anointing is far more powerful than we might experience alone.
We seek to find ways to minister to each other, and stir up our God-given gifts. (2 Tim 1:6,7)
We seek to be available. We don’t over-emphasize skill and underestimate total dependence on the Lord. (John 15:5)
We seek to pursue God’s best through technical excellence in everything we do, honoring Him through a “whatever it takes” work ethic. We understand that God isn’t looking for perfection, but excellence, which is giving Him my best and striving to reach my full potential in Him. (I Cor. 9:24-27)
Through these we will continue to build and strengthen a ministry of people who care for and pray for one another. We desire to spend time building God honoring relationships with one another. We will help each other grow in an understanding that our purpose is found only in God, not in our performance or ourselves.
Delivering a flawless worship service requires focus and sensitivity on our part. First, we need to be focused on the task at hand. Our part of the service is a sacrificial offering to God and helps others to enter into true worship. If we allow ourselves to get distracted, if we are not fully focused on the task at the moment, then we could easily miss a mic cue, allow a bit of feedback to get out of hand, not start music trac on cue, and so on. The congregation should hear exactly what they need to hear, at the moment they need to hear it, at the exact level they need to hear it.
We are called to excellence in this ministry. We give God our best. It honors Him. It’s one way to say we love Him.
Understanding that there is a relationship between my worship and my service, I seek to please God in both. Even though I must focus on the technical aspects of my ministry during times of worship, I must do so with an attitude of worship. My worship is merely an expression of what is already going on inside my heart. Jesus called the religious leaders of His day hypocrites, saying that they “…draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” May this never be true of me as I worship and serve Him in this ministry or in any other.