Thursday, April 7, 2011

TechArts Staffing Structure….part 2, what it’s really all about

In the previous post I said that having technical directors serving in the traditional job description (jack- of- all- trades) was spreading each of my staff very thin. We were handling many responsibilities that seemed to keep us tied up in systems and tasks leaving very little room to really invest in our people. We found very little time to do quality training or even do some quality one on one time with volunteers. I knew I had to change that. I also came to the realization that we had to do much more than make some time to talk to volunteers. It all may sound very familiar to you if you do technical ministry.

But I wasn’t about to let us continue to keep going like we were. Not only were we devaluing our volunteers but the frustration level and exhaustion we had amongst the tech staff because of it was not healthy. Change had to happen. God was challenging me and I was developing and processing my thoughts. Conversations with my staff moved those thoughts along. And conversations with good friend Anthony Coppedge helped connect some dots. Bottom line, it was really all about people.

That process has brought me, and I’m it will continue to stretch me, to developing two staff teams. One team, we call them specialists, are the true techies. They will be designing, installing maintaining our technical systems across all campuses. They will also be training volunteers across all campuses and maintaining that standard.

The other team, we call them leaders, are ‘people monsters’. They will be leading and developing communities of volunteers serving on their campus. The leaders will have tech knowledge and know their systems and how to operate it but system maintenance and training is not their main focus. Outside of executing details for the weekend services and other classes/events they will be pouring into volunteers. Again, it’s really all about people.

In the next post in this series we will take a closer look at the structure that we are currently evolving into.

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1 Comments:

OpenID firstinlastout said...

Making a change is never easy. Being a leader means moving forward on a plan and accepting that there will be unknowns. It takes courage. Way to go Bill.

April 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM  

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