Have you ever thought to yourself “Am I being a distraction?” as you run camera or tech during a service? Sometimes you can chalk this feeling up to inexperience. After all, you can’t expect to feel comfortable holding a camera on stage in front of hundreds of people overnight. But even after you have mastered your craft, you need to be asking yourself if you are helping or hindering the move of God.
There are a couple different types of distractions. Some distractions are barely noticeable and are even expected. When the sound guy runs up to hand the pastor a mic, it’s a little distracting but it still is something you expect to happen. Even seeing a camera or jib floating above the crowd can momentarily distract you, but since it’s so common place you barely give it a second thought before focusing back on worship.
Other distractions, however, can be jarring. Remember that drummer that wasn’t paying attention to the worship leader and got into his own beat? That was distracting. How about that time a camera op got right in your face during worship and stood there for 5 minutes. Definitely a distraction.
We need to constantly be asking ourselves if what we are doing is distracting people from the service, or driving them towards meeting God. If you have been a distraction, welcome to the club. It happens to the best of us. However, it’s what you do next that’s important. Evaluate what you did that was so distracting. Talk to your director. Come up with a plan to get the same shots or effect in a different way that minimizes your distraction. It can be done. And in that 1% instance that there is no other way to accomplish something without being a distraction, you have to ask yourself if its worth it. Unless it’s vital to the success of the production, it’s probably NOT worth it and you should just nix the entire distracting idea.
Together, let’s work on minimizing our footprint during service and start driving people towards God.