We run the cameras for recording. We run the computer during singing & bible reading. We illuminate the stage with spotlights. We design graphics for fliers & presentations. We run audio/video cables in the ceilings and walls of the sanctuary. We hang all the video monitors & projectors. We design and maintain the website and of course, we run the sound for services! Yet they insist on calling us “the SOUNDmen!”
I make it a point to refer to our crew as “The Media Department.” Our ministry is so broad it goes far beyond the sound system. Don’t get me wrong, the sound can break a service, but our crew is expected to do more than the bare minimum. We expect our crew to arrive one hour before service and leave 30 minutes after service. They are to make sure their station is setup in working order and make sure every task is completed before service starts.
Training is mandatory! If any of the crew miss a training seminar without excuse they have to meet with me for a private training, or they will not be in the booth until the next training seminar. The training seminars go beyond teaching new techniques or giving them new ideas; it deals with what we expect from them spiritually.
I encourage our team to have everything done before the 30 minute prayer we have before service, so they can get their spirit right with God and get in tune with what He wants to do in that service. I also encourage them to worship during the worship service, back up the preacher during preaching, and MOST OF ALL pray for those who go down to the altar.
I plead the Blood of Jesus over the spirit of pride! I bind that spirit of pride in every service in my prayers saying, “Let self be slain!” Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” It’s not hard to miss the voice of God when you are in a ministry that is as demanding is the media department. We must stay in tune with God’s will and be humble.
This ministry is all about being a Servant! You have to listen to your director, the media department head, the musicians, the praise singers, and most of all your Pastor or Bishop. If you can’t be a servant than you need to take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this ministry right for me?” Romans 12:3 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Show kindness and gentleness, because this ministry is very fast-paced and sometimes stressful. The best thing to prevent problems is to SMILE. Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” I have seen media personal cry and breakdown under the pressure, and I had to lift them up. That’s what we have to do is lift our brothers up, when it is time to pray you must look for your team, grab them by the hand and say we’re going to the altar.
Attention! You have to give attention to the musicians, singers, ministers, your director, Pastor, and God. WOW! That may come as a shock to you that you have to give out so much attention, but “this is so.” You have to Watch, Watch, Watch & Listen, Listen, Listen!
Wow Bro. Brandon, this is too much for me!
You can do it! All it takes is for you to be a servant! Whatever your leader says, DO IT, and after it’s done ask them what else you can do.
Remember to pray and stay alert!
If you want to speak to me for advice, training materials, or you would like for me to meet your media department or section for a training seminar, you can contact me through our contact form under our Contact Us page. Just put Attn: Brandon Jones in the subject and I will get back with you A.S.A.P.