Joyful Service as a Professional Techie

Being a ‘professional techie’ in a church (e.g. a full time Audio Engineer serving on the sound roster) is a hard burden to bear. High expectations abound, but without the understanding or budget to back it up. In such conditions, it can also be hard to not be on the roster for duties every week. As a result, it is not surprising that many of us professional techies suffer from burnout and bitterness in our church ministry, and sometimes make big efforts to steer clear of any ‘work related’ ministry.

Even in the best of situations, as someone who does technical work day in and day out, it can be hard to slot into technical ministry in a church. Being on the team like everyone else is a great way to serve, but is that the best use of our God given skills? Is it the best way to steward our gifts?

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Should I use Two Factor Authentication?

In October last year, over 20,000 hacked emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s US Presidential Campaign, were released to the public via Wikileaks. The contents of these emails included many private discussions relating the campaign and resulted in much controversy in the media and public. The leak contributed to the growing mistrust of Hillary Clinton and her subsequent election loss in November.

Could it have been prevented?

Two Factor Authentication

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Embracing the Internet for The Gospel

In September of 2015 Mark Zuckerberg (founder and CEO of Facebook) addressed the UN as part of a movement seeking to ensure the internet is accessible for all people. He declared “ensuring [internet] access, is essential to achieving global justice and opportunity”. Zuckerberg is not alone in thinking that internet access is a basic human right; many foundations, charities and organisations have been formed in order to promote this idea.

Laptop

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The making of a Live Album Part 2

Last week I wrote Part 1 of this ‘Making of a Live Album’ series. Part 1 focussed on how we put together an event called ‘Communion’, a worship night with new songs written by members of St Barnabas Broadway and Christ Church St Ives. The event was recorded in order to produce a Live Album. This week I’m writing about the process of making the Album. If you want to listen to the album (which I definitely recommend), you can download it at Mountain Street Media or iTunes, or find it on Spotify.

Communion 2015 Album Cover

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The making of a Live Album Part 1

Over the last six months I have been involved with a project called Communion. Communion is a collaboration between St Barnabas Broadway and Christ Church St Ives. The project involved a worship night, held at St Barnabas in October of 2015. The night was recorded with the intention of releasing a Live Album. Most of the songs sung on the night, and all of the songs for release on the album, are new songs written by members of the two churches. Communion aims to support Christian songwriters, give a platform for new music and to inspire churches and church musicians in their stewardship of music ministry.

Communion Graphic 2015

This week, after many months of work, we are releasing the Live Album. You can download it at Mountain Street Media or iTunes, or find it on Spotify. Needless to say, we are very proud of the result and believe that many churches can benefit from the songs appearing on the album.

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