Having Team Members Who Are Better Than You

Yes.

This is inspired by 5 minutes ago, when my team and I were handed a dvd after worship, and told we needed it in the message in 10 minutes. Now, playing a video is one thing, but ripping it to a Mac format, importing it into our presenting software, and trying to do it all seamlessly while we’re running the rest of the service on the same computer, and getting those ‘your computer is going to explode’ error messages (yes…even on Mac…I know saying that is like heresy or something)…little more difficult. Actually…hopelessly difficult for me. Enter our sound director/media director/bassist (ya, seriously…if you don’t have a guy like this on your team…get one). He says ‘Can I sit?’ He sits down at the computer and in 2 minutes, we’re ready to go. I just watched and nodded my head every once in a while in pretend approval. ;)

Surround yourself with talent. Then you don’t have to have as much as of it. (And can surf Gear Page while everyone else runs things. And…uh…post blogs.)

Splendid.
Karl.

15 thoughts on “Having Team Members Who Are Better Than You

  1. Gtr1ab– :) It was a beautiful thing to watch. hehe

    Sal–absolutely! :) Then I don’t have to work. haha

    Sam–haha Nice. And that is a good guy to have on the team every single week! hehe

  2. His pastor dreads it when he goes on holiday. There was a time when she called him whilst he was on the other side of Australia visiting family, just to get some technical advice.

  3. Everyone needs a go-to guy… Imagine what the world would be like without it? Edge without Schoo?? *shudder*

  4. We’ve got a couple of those folks, and couldn’t live without them! One could probably take ektachrome slides and get them into ProPresenter in less time than the 5-min countdown vid takes. Problem is, staff, visiting speakers, uh, basically all of us– start to think nothing of throwing unreasonable challenges at the tech folks between the conclusion of morning rehearsal and the start of first service.

  5. I used to have a guy like that! He was super talented in the area of music, guitars, harmonies and stuff… I never had to fret. I would just say, “no worries, my Intern will be there and everything will sound better.” Then I left the Church and he took over… Haven’t been able to find anyone like him since!

    I miss those days! ;)

  6. Sam–lol That’s when you know you’re needed!

    Eric–awesome. :)

    Jamie–haha Great point!

    Charlie–ya, for sure. Sit back and see if you can replicate what they’re doing next time.

    JayDub–that’s a great point. Ya, we kind of get used to their genius, and it makes us lazier. And then we end up calling them Saturday and asking for six videos, two presentations, and maybe a lighting overhaul. hehe

    Eric–you forgot the part where you’d go on vacation and he’d lead for you and do 6 new songs that nobody knew and never ask anyone to stand or clap and then Jimmy would call you and say, ‘Bro. You gotta talk to him.’ lol ;)

    But seriously, you’ve taught me a lot since then, and I really miss those days, too.

  7. I’d love some more talent at our church! I’m kind of the go-to guy for just about everything musical, and it gets pretty taxing at times. Planning for people of differing levels of ability is pretty tough as well.

  8. Thad- I know how that goes, i am one of the better players in my youth group (but i am BY NO MEANS good), and i have a list of songs that we will not play. Also i am the one who usually goes and figures out the song that the band that we had in for camp or winter retreat wrote, and everyone loves, so we have to play it the first Sunday we are back.

  9. Thad–that’s very true…and a lot of the time the setlist is dictated by whom you having playing as well. There’s a lot more that goes into these things than people think! hehe

    Charlie–haha The winter camp thing is so true!!

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