Transparency in the Booth


A podcast that I definitely have not kept up with, is found at When I was thrust into the church media world several years ago, I found Colin Burch. I was searching for something that had been bugging me since I started prepping and running worship media. Colin struck the nerve that was bothering me. Transparent Amplification

I admit that often, I have failed. Our production team (3 of us) is not transparent 100% of the time. We’ve often had last minute changes or computer glitches that cause everyone to turn the heads and wonder what is going on up in the booth. When this happens, worship is hindered. Colin writes:

If at any point the audience loses focus on God and is paying more attention to the technology itself (because of some glitch or mistake), then we have failed to meet our objective. This may sound harsh or melodramatic, but we are attempting to reach a culture that is used to getting their information in quick bursts and catchy sound bites. If there is a technical glitch during a national newscast, it is a statistical reality that a large percentage of the audience will change channels in search of a more polished delivery of the same information.

One of the points of my blog was to be transparent. I want to focus on my struggles and hopefully grow in holiness. That said,  I still get hot headed. When those times come, especially when it is at church, it is so difficult to simply worship God. 

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Every part of the body is vitally important. As the Church, we need everyone. Whenever there is anything that takes away from corporate worship of God, that means that there is a part that is not doing its job heartilly to the Lord. 

2009 I want to experience fewer technical glitches. I want to know that I can come in on Sunday morning and the praise team (that we are a part of) can be in sync and totally transparent. I don’t want us to get in the way of authentic God-focused worship.

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