Team Development: Empowering Your Team As A Whole

Foster in your team members a sense of competence. Provide technical training or send them to seminars. Direct them to role models who can make them better.

Team Development: Empowering Your Team As A Whole
Buying my audio engineer the latest, greatest audio console, with the intent to “empower” him or her to create a better mix will get me nowhere, if I don’t provide the training necessary for them to understand how to use it. Foster in your team members a sense of competence. Provide technical training or send them to seminars.
Team Development: Empowering Your Team As A Whole
Buying my audio engineer the latest, greatest audio console, with the intent to “empower” him or her to create a better mix will get me nowhere, if I don’t provide the training necessary for them to understand how to use it. Foster in your team members a sense of competence. Provide technical training or send them to seminars.

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The call or email finally comes from the executive pastor’s office, that it’s time to move forward with the capital project they’ve been hinting at for so long.

Distribute power and leadership at all levels of the team.

As the Team Leader, what is your response? Do you look at this as an opportunity to be a genius/hero, one who will single-handedly design the most amazing AVL system ever experienced (and will therefore be named after you when you’re gone), or do you engage your team to bring their knowledge and experience to the table, in order to ensure all possible aspects of the project have been addressed? 

How about a situation that happens on a more regular basis: You don’t have a paid staff team. You instead rely on volunteers to operate the gear from week to week. How is your control booth laid out? Do you have all the positions set up with enough space for each person to work, or are the controls packed together, so you can run it, “just in case none of the volunteers show up to help?” 

I could go on with so many more scenarios like these, but the point is, whether you are the lonely staff member trying to drum up some volunteer help, or the lead position responsible for a staff of 20, you are at the mercy of the effectiveness of your team to get the job done.

In this day and age, I truly believe the most important skill to possess as a tech director has little to do with technology. Today’s tech director must know how to empower his or her team. 

What does “empowering your team” even mean?

First, let me be clear as to what it is not.

Empowerment is not giving team members free reign to make their own decisions, and take the ministry/organization in whatever direction they see fit. Empowerment is not emailing out all the orders for the week, so that you can focus on the handful of projects that you actually enjoy doing. Empowerment is not a way to manipulate your team to feel like they have freedom when, in reality, you are still directing their every move.

Instead, here are five “senses” to instill in your team, to achieve true, healthy empowerment.

Sense of Competence

Let’s be realistic - I can’t empower my team if they aren’t very good at what they do.


More About Bryan Bailey
Bryan Bailey is the Director of Media at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He recently joined the Prestonwood team after serving at First Baptist Dallas as the Minister of Media for six years.Throughout the years, Bryan has developed a desire to train volunteers to operate technology at the highest levels of excellence. Bryan’s passions are training volunteers and pushing technology limits in worship (as well as fishing). Bryan lives in Murphy, Texas, with his wife, Jenni, son, Caden, two dogs, and a bunch of saltwater corals.
Get in Touch: bbailey@prestonwood.org    More by Bryan Bailey

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