We are back. That’s right…ENGAGE 2013 has been set in motion For September 12th-14th and the Engage Conference Team is ready to go! Our first ENGAGE Conference back in 2011 was absolutely AMAZING.
Once in while we (tech crew) are given the great opportunity to upgrade our audio/video (A/V) equipment. Throughout the years, I have learned a thing or two about best practices when it comes to upgrading church equipment.
There are times when all your budget will do is get basic upgrades of your A/V inventory. And that is ok, take advantage of the opportunity to make things better. Sometimes we can easily get disappointed by not getting everything we asked for, but remember, your assignment is to make the most out what has been given to you. You are in charge of the A/V systems in your church and not in charge of the finances, so trust your leadership when financial decisions are made. There will be times when more money will be given, and when that day comes, be a good steward of what God has entrusted you with.
::Have a Master Plan::
At this point, I assume you have a plan for your upgrades. If you don’t, stop and get back to the drawing board as soon as possible. The most common mistake people make when upgrading A/V equipment is to make decisions without referencing a master plan. Ask yourself a few questions and make sure you don’t move forward until you have all answers you need. When we don’t have a master plan, we sometimes end up with the common mistake of spending extra money on additional devices and adapters to support the new equipment with the current A/V system, and that often means we spend more money than what was budgeted to upgrade the equipment in the first place.
::Ask for Help::
It does not matter how knowledgeable you may be regarding your A/V system, when upgrading your system, you should seek help. Technology constantly changes, and it is always good to ask for help so you know you are making the best decision when it comes to spending God’s money on new equipment. Many companies specialize in churches or houses of worship. So when asking for help, I don’t recommend you ask for the help of someone who also has an interest in selling you equipment. At the end of the day, selling equipment is their business, and what you are looking for is good advice. Here are few things I recommend:
Finally, don’t upgrade equipment without looking at your entire system. Make sure your upgrade is part of a long-term commitment of doing things with excellence. Sometimes you will be allowed to only upgrade one piece of equipment, and as long as the upgrade is part of a master plan, you will not lose money in the long run. Also, if you have the option to invest in infrastructure first, do it. Infrastructure will allow you to move faster and add more equipment as you go along. Without the infrastructure in place first, you will most likely have to spend extra money on “Band-Aids” to make your new equipment work.