Yesterday I had the immense privilege to hang out with 20 or so church techs and TDs from all over SoCal. It was a CTL meet up, held at the really hip Planning Center Online offices in Carlsbad. PCO was a very gracious host, with our good friend (and former TD) Daniel Murphy as point man. The guys there are really terrific and I feel confident I can speak for all of us that we felt very welcome.
After a really cool Axient demo by our friend Criss Nieman, we got a sneak peak at some a hot new product that PCO will introduce soon. Sorry, no spoilers; we were sworn to secrecy (and we want to be invited back for lunch again!). But trust me, it’s pretty cool and will be public in a few weeks.
After lunch, we got to spend some time with our dear friend Roy Cochran. He led us through a passage that I really hadn’t seen before in this light—partially because it’s in The Message translation, I’m sure. He read this to us and told us how much is applies to the church tech. As he read, I was amazed at the parallels to what we go through weekly (and sometimes daily). Take a look:
Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details.
People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly...in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Does that strike a chord with anyone besides me (well, and the rest of the guys who were there today)? Some key phrases stuck out to me.
Don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing.
Working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love…
When we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God
If you work in church tech, chances are you can relate to some or all of that. I was encouraged to know that what we experience is not a new problem. The Apostle Paul himself struggled with the very same things. And while the Church still really doesn’t know what to do with us techs, God does. He appreciates what we do—what you, yes you do!—and is pleased when we do it with a joyful heart.
I don’t have much more to add to this; I think it speaks for itself, really. So my fellow church tech, take heart! What you do is important, critical even. The gifts you bring to the Church are being used to advance the Kingdom. Don’t give up hope. While we may not be recognized by the world, we are acknowledged by God. We may have nothing, but we have it all!