The one thing every sound person needs to have above all else is a servant’s heart. Being a sound person is much more than just sitting in the back turning knobs and pushing buttons. It is for this reason that the first lesson in our sound training begins not with a technical issue, but with an attitudinal issue. It all starts with the heart. As you are serving in the sound ministry, you are most likely going to encounter situations where you will have to exercise having a good heart and a positive attitude. The following points will help you to have a humble heart as you serve in the sound ministry.
Serve The Mission And The Team
As the sound engineer, you have an important responsibility to help further the kingdom of God in your area of ministry. Your church has a vision for how to do ministry that you should be on board with. This belief in the mission will be reflected in the attitude that you have toward others. You may have to lay aside some of your personal opinions and practices, as your skill will only be a benefit when it is aligned with the mission of your church. This means that when a leader or pastor asks you to do something in order to fulfill the mission of the church, you do it with a gracious and humble heart. Always seek to put others above yourself, keeping a positive attitude.
Maintain Healthy Relationships
You should consider yourself an extension of the worship team. It is ultimately the worship team leader’s job to make sure that an atmosphere of worship is created in each service. This includes making sure that the sound is run appropriately. There is a natural chain of command that flows from the vision team to the lead pastor, to the worship directors, to the worship team leaders, and finally to the worship team and sound team. By investing in healthy communication and respecting your worship team leader, you will avoid unnecessary power struggles. Both positions have a very important and specific role in helping the worship service go as well as possible, which is why it is so important that there be unity between the roles. Be intentional to get to know your worship leader and be on good terms at all times.
Communicate In Love
As a sound engineer, you will have to be careful in how you communicate with your team, leaders, and even pastors. Someone will frustrate you at some time or another, so it is important to make sure that when this happens we react in the best way possible: in love. Here’s what it means to communicate in love:
- Not getting defensive when constructively criticized
- Owning up to mistakes and not shifting blame
- Keeping a calm tone when speaking
- Choosing your words wisely
- Listening to what others have to say
- Being honest and clear in your responses
Have A Mentor
It doesn’t matter how long you have or haven’t been doing sound, if you don’t have someone to mentor you, your priority should be to find that person. This person will guide you through this training and answer any questions. They will also be helpful when it comes time to interact with your team as well as run the board. Your relationship with this mentor will change over time. Ultimately, a mentor will give you accountability for your attitude and your skill not only in the realm of running sound, but in life. If you are not sure where to start in finding a mentor, talk with your pastor or church leader about pairing you up with someone who can help you grow.
- Why did you make the decision to be a sound engineer?
- Read Galatians 5:13. Give some practical examples of what you think it looks like to ‘serve one another in love’ in the context of being a sound person?
- What is the mission your church? How does being a sound engineer fit into this mission?
- Describe a relationship that you have had to work at. In what ways was this relationship broken? What steps did you take to mend things between the two of you?
- Describe a time when you did not speak to someone in love.
- Out of the six principles of communicating in love, which is easiest for you? Which is hardest?
- Describe someone who has mentored you. In what ways did this person help you grow?
- TAKEAWAY: Make it a goal this week to call, email, or text your pastor and worship leader with a word of encouragement.