Media professionals tend to get caught up in making everything excellent… and rightly so! We, like everyone else, want what we do to be a positive reflection on our business (i.e church and ministry). So we strive and push for better tech, newer lights, and the best shots we can possibly get. Our production can get so excellent that it’s on par with anything the professional world does.
If that’s you, kudos. You have a heart to make your elevate and make your church be as excellent as it can be, which is admirable. However, in your quest for excellence you need to be very careful you aren’t becoming unbalanced – overlooking the needs of the very people you are working for.
In our drive to produce a great service, we need to be careful to strike a balance between the professional and the ministry. Sometimes guests and congregants need something specific to help them connect with God. Sometimes that means awesome band shots, sometimes that means sticking on a ‘boring’ closeup of the worship leader for longer then you would like so visitors can really focus and hear what he is saying.
We as media professionals in the church need to be sensitive to God first and foremost when we produce a service. It’s good to want excellent, but remember that you aren’t producing a Bruce Springsteen concert… your producing a church service thats connecting people to God. What we do helps set the atmosphere for God to move in the church. It may not sound spiritual, but having the wrong shot or bad lighting can jar someone out of worship and cause them to miss the move of God around them.
Our goal first and foremost should be striking a balance between our professional tendencies and our spiritual obligations. Make it a point this week before every service to pray, seek God and listen to His voice. Be open to change as you follow His lead and produce your service. It will be worth it!