A New Chapter Begins

As I mentioned in my last post, my time at Coast Hills has come to an end. It has been an eventful five years, and as I look back on it, I am very grateful. When I arrived, the technical systems were a mess and the volunteer tech team was discouraged and very small. By the end of June, nearly all our AVL systems will be new throughout the building and we have a solid tech team. I feel good about what I was able to accomplish and am ready to turn it over to new leadership.

What will I be doing now? Well, it’s a funny story. In January, when my wife and I were talking about the next season in life, she asked me if I wanted to work for a church again. I wasn’t sure and said, “What I’d really like to do is work for a top-flight architecture firm as the in-house AVL guy. That way, I could be there to advocate for the tech systems from the beginning of the project all the way through to the end. So many churches get that part wrong, and I really want to help fix it.”

Fast forward a few months. I was on vacation in March and I received a call from someone I’ve met a few times and know through friends. His company, Flexstage, was bought by Visioneering a while back and he was looking for a project manager/designer type guy. He went on to essentially describe the job I had described to my wife. 

I thought that was interesting but told him that my wife and I were planning on moving back East sometime in the next few years. He said that was alright, that I could do this job anywhere there was a major airport. And besides, they had opened offices up in Denver, Austin, Charlotte, and Nashville. The last one caught my attention because Nashville is on the short list of places we’re thinking of moving. 

Long story short, after much prayer, discussion, and advice from friends later, I decided to take the job. One of the key factors is that the guys at Visioneering really want me to maintain this website, the podcast and our trade show/conference coverage. We both view the job and this website as mutual ways we can help churches. 

My desire for many years has been to help churches improve their AVL systems, and encourage and train the technical artists that run them. This new position will afford me the opportunity to do that on a larger scale than ever. 

In the near term, we’re staying in SoCal, getting up to speed with the Visioneering/Flexstage process. We’ll be able to get our girls through school and settled into their next phase of life. I will still be able to finish up the remodel at Coast Hills, and volunteer at FOH. That last one will be fun as I haven’t been a volunteer sound guy in nearly a decade. I’m kind of looking forward to that. 

What’s been really cool is that I already have tons of ideas for new things on ChurchTechArts. I think you’ll enjoy the broadened perspective and projects we’re working on. And if you’re a church that needs some help, feel free to reach out. I’m excited that my job is now to help the Church even more than ever. Stay tuned!

Roland

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