Friday, April 1, 2011

TechArts Staffing Structure….part 1, I guess

God is doing some amazing things around The Crossing. That doesn’t surprise me at all. What does is that fact that He allows me to be a part of it. I got to join The Crossing as their first Technical Arts Director in July of 2007. There were four weekend services on one campus. Today, we have eleven weekend services in three venues on two campuses. And we are working toward opening our third campus in the Fall of this year. And have some crazy plans for the future that haven’t even been talked about just to keep up with the growth God is allowing around here. And, that is just the weekends….weekdays and evenings can be just as crazy. And…well, you get the picture.

We definitely see the need to continue to stretch and grow a tech arts team ( and staff to keep up with the vision of this place. After all, we hear it often from our senior leadership : we are technologically liberal while being biblically centered. Technology is a tool that we will use to the fullest. Its one of our core values : we, the church, should be culturally relevant and relationally authentic while remaining doctrinally pure.

As our ‘tool belt’ fills up the need for people to wear that belt increases also. My heart and passion will never allow us to fill all the technical positions executing weekend services up with paid staff or contractors. Two reasons – we could never afford it and the more important reason – I never wanna rob someone of an opportunity to serve the way God has wired them.

So in the first three paragraphs you have learned that our growth continues as we utilize technology to communicate the Gospel and we love to do life, as messy as it is, with people that want to give back to God by sharing their passions and gifts with others in a very unique way. We deeply value people and technology and because of the culture we serve in I found that having technical directors serving in the traditional job description (jack- of- all- trades) was spreading each of my staff very thin. It was causing frustration in some areas as well as leaving little to no margin for ministry.

This was all suppose to be one post focused on the actual structure but I set out on a tangent. So I will continue a series of posts over the next week or so discussing our situations, needs and vision behind the structure change.

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