It would be an easy argument to make that the most overlooked part of any production team is good culture. With all the scheduling, countdowns, deadlines, euipment fixing, training, recruiting, demands for excellence, and typically undermanned staff teams, it’s really easy to focus on all the practical aspects of maintaining a great production team. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, the whole church notices if a projector doesn’t work, but not very many people notice if the culture of a production team isn’t great – at least not right away they won’t.
Perfect production team culture is not something that we have fully figured out – no one has. However, our team culture is something that is a big focus for us, and has been for quite some time. However, I will admit, it wasn’t always a big focus for us. Naturally, as a tech guy, you think as long as we have the best equipment, and we are great at what we do, then our production team culture will be perfect! When in fact, great production team culture must be emphasized (with words: written and spoken) and practiced before it starts to take hold.
Tech people naturally geek out at new equipment. One major component to tech people joining the production team in the first place is getting to serve via the use of technology. Technology speaks to some people in a way that music speaks to musicians, and colors speak to artists. However, the practical side of any discipline will only speak to a person for so long before the need for motivation arises.
Let’s look at it this way, it will take an average person an hour or two to figure out how to run propresenter, but what’s next? Does a volunteer just keep clicking the same slides week in and week out? The short answer – Yes. But what keeps great volunteers coming back is the understanding that what they are doing has a greater impact than just firing slides. Our team sums it up this way:
One of our worship leaders mentioned this statement in one of our prayer times, and it has stuck to our team ever since. Everything we do is profoundly spiritual. Every slide we click, every cable we tape down, every bulb we replace, every (fill in the blank here), has a profound spiritual impact. Now that’s a great motivator. It’s become the mantra of our team. It’s something that we start every training with. It’s something we bring up in conversation. It’s even something we say jokingly when we are doing hard tasks like pulling cable across an entire campus, in the ceiling, with no air conditioning, in the middle of summer, in Texas. But even in those joking moments, it’s a constant reminder of why we do what we do.
That’s the foundation of our team culture. That’s square one. In the next post, I’ll continue the thought of foundations by addressing three ways that statement practically impacts our team.