When I started driving a car it was completely foreign to me, and I honestly thought driving was scary. If you personally know me now, you are probably thinking I’m joking -- this is not a joke. I was scared to death to drive a car. At the time, people would reassure me that I would get used to it until it became second nature, but it was hard to believe them as I was thinking of all of the things I had to focus on while operating this metal machine while moving at speeds up to 70 MPH: check the mirrors, who is behind me, who is beside me, don’t miss my turn, oh and of course not to mention remembering to use my turn signal. Needless to say, I was intimidated to drive a car. While thinking through my predicament, I realized that it is almost impossible to live in the United States and not know how to drive a car as the American lifestyle requires this for daily life. So I decided I had to overcome my emotional response to an unknown and learn to drive a car.
In my current position, I often find that people are intimidated by technology similarly to how I was intimidated to drive a car. After spending time with such people, I have come to realize that this intimidation usually comes from a place of misunderstanding. Just as with a car, modes of technology such as Facebook, live streaming, Propresenter, websites, Multitracks, sound boards, etc all look extremely scary and intimidating because they are new and one might not understand how to use them. I have been working with technology for a while and I’ve even had moments that I think “this is impossible and I will never figure it out.” However, with time, practice, and some help it gets easier and one day it will just click.
I want to encourage you that despite your age or background, technology and new things can be learned, and they can be utilized for good in this world. Here are a couple of ways this can be done.
Try it out
The first step is the hardest, but there is no getting around it. We are all scared of the unknown even if we know the place we are in now isn’t the place we need to stay. I remember back when I ran my first tech team I told the church I needed help and wanted to build our team up and if anyone is interested to come find me. I had a handful of people come to me interested in assisting in the production team, but there was one in particular that stood out to me. He was older (retirement age) and he came up to me and said, “I’m not the most technical person but I’m willing to help and learn if you will have me.” I have to admit I was skeptical but to my surprise he turned out to be one of my best team members. Each time he served, he arrived on time or early, attended all my training classes, and served as much as he could. But most importantly, he had a heart to learn something foreign to him, despite his age, which really impressed me. I’m sure that he felt completely out of his element at times, but that didn’t stop him from showing up and taking the time to try and do his best. To this day I always say I was wrong in my thinking about someone older using technology. It just takes a willing heart and the braveness to take that first step.
Now that you have decided that you want to learn a new thing or tackle a new area to expand your ministry, the next step is asking for help. For example, I set out to make my church’s worship sound better and I didn’t know where to start. I figured out how to make sound come out of a sound board but from there it was all guesswork. I had to try and fail at so many things within sound to achieve my goal of making it sound better but at a point I hit a wall. I started to search for worship sound training courses and finally ran across Worship Sound Guy
(if you are interested check them out and use code OUR10 to get an extra 10% off). After I convinced our pastor to invest in this training course my eyes were opened, they made the complicated things simple and I had so many “so that's what that does!!” moments. There will be a point in your quest where you need help, so I encourage you to seek out people that care about churches and ministry, and do not be afraid to bring in people that will take your knowledge to the next level.
Don’t give up
Now that you have tackled this new thing to grow your ministry and asked for help along the way, it is important to realize that it is possible to get complacent after a while. The newness will wear off, and it’s at this point that it becomes difficult to strive to become an expert or even just finish the task that you set out to finish. For example, I work with many ministries on their website and there is always an excitement at the beginning of the process but this always fades with time. The real test is if a church can continue to manage and update their content regularly. The ones that set to have a better presence online, sought out help to get a website going, and then continue to manage, update, and opportate it in excellence will see the fruit of their decisions. As with everything, don't give up halfway through. Modern church technology can seem intimidating to master, but with a motivated mindset, the right help, and a determined attitude anyone can use technology as a tool for letting the world feel the love that Jesus commissioned us to show people.
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