This has become something I've started thinking about lately as I'm spending more and more time in our churches tech ministry especially during the summer months. This is not something that's just come about either. I've been blessed enough to have started in my church at the young (at least to most) age of 12 running sound, I'm now 25. I have been blessed with 12 years in the sound ministry and am still fully involved. I started originally running it 2 Sundays a month, then went to 3 plus 5th Sundays, then even 4 for a while.
Then someone new, who knew nothing about it, took over as the lead tech so I gave him 2 of the Sundays. Eventually, per his idea, we got a tech for each Sunday, and he kept his and took 5th Sundays, as well as started to do the Funerals and weddings. (Up to this point I did all that too) Fast forward a 1/2 year. I start doing my Sunday which was moved as well as 5th Sundays and most funerals. Then we started hosting our summer evening service in the fellowship hall, because of air conditioning. I mix 95% of services and other events down there. On top of mixing, because I'm the one who knows about all the equipment, I am responsible for upkeep, getting purchase approval, and purchasing the actual equipment, even the 9 volts to use in the wireless. I still am not even the head of the tech committee but know the most about all the stuff including the power point computer and projector. Also, a point I feel I should also make here is that I also spend around an hour in my church a week, setting up for Sunday worship, even when it's not my week, so when the praise team gets there everything is ready. Being honest I'm the only tech that's there before praise team.
The church Janitor recently asked if I was paid, because I spend time at the church during the week. When I said, "No" he couldn't believe that. Since next to paid staff, I'm the only one who spends time of my own at the church during the week, especially when I have to move stuff around for events.
I wondered if that's common? In all that time no "gift card", no "Thank you" card, no kind of compensation just to even say thanks. I mean all the staff gets fruit baskets at Christmas, or cookies from Sunday school kids, or pie from the gems, even the janitor and grounds people get that stuff.
I love doing what I do, 100% But this is a "thankless Job" if you will, and sometimes just a little appreciation would be nice. I'm not asking a lot, I don't think but just wondered:
First: Do any of your churches do anything for that kind of person, and if so what do you do?
Second: Is that a position worth paying, if so around how much? (If your church pays a tech, put that as well as $)
Third: Is a person like that really appreciated?
Fourth: How would you make sure not to lose them?
Thanks for your time in this matter, I'm just seeking some opinions: