Role of An Audio Director: Team Building

The aspect of training is a vital part to the role of an audio director, in their never-ending effort toward building a team, where you take the time to invest in each of your team members.

Role of An Audio Director: Team Building
Among the five steps when it comes to training is Help Me, where the volunteer watches us, as we show how it is done, and they ask questions.
Role of An Audio Director: Team Building
Among the five steps when it comes to training is Help Me, where the volunteer watches us, as we show how it is done, and they ask questions.

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The role of an audio director, with each passing year, has become more prevalent with the increased importance of audio systems within churches.

We all have had people in our lives that have helped us get to the place we are today.

With the advancements in technology, the role of the audio director has become a vital part of a church environment.

From my perspective, if people can’t hear the Word, then they can’t receive it. Therefore, we must build a team, and this is one of the most important tasks of the audio director.

The audio department can’t be solely dependent on one person.

I’m a firm believer that we should be training the people around us, to eventually work ourselves out of a job. What that means is that we should be duplicating our abilities down the line.

I once heard it said that if you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, you can always say one thing, that he didn’t get up there on his own. We all have had people in our lives that have helped us get to the place we are today. If you now find yourself in the position of an audio director today, I believe you can recall a time when someone invested in you. Take that as a lesson to share your knowledge down the line.

The audio director needs to be building his team, and training is a vital part to that.

Therefore, you need to have people, for instance, that know how to mix for your services.

I like you use a five-step process when it comes to training: Watch Me, Help Me, I Help You, I’ll Watch You, and lastly, You Do It and Report Back to Me.

Watch Me is the stage where the volunteer is watching us while we mix and asking questions.

Next is Help Me, the stage where we are teaching them, while they are helping us.

That is followed by I Help You, the stage where we have taught them enough where they can get on the console and can step in and serve as our hands. It’s us telling them what to do as the service is being held, where they are basically doing things as we tell them.


More About David Bonilla
David Bonilla was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and was raised in Orlando, Fla. He's been a pastor's kid all his life. David started doing sound at his father's church at the age of 12. In 2004, he began to pursue a degree in communications at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors in Communication-Broadcasting degree. During his time at the school, he became the university's audio director, where his passion for audio grew. Shortly thereafter, he began working for a production company called Mabe Production and Installation in Lakeland, where he was the production supervisor and toured all over the United States. In 2010, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, to follow God's call and became the Audio Director of Westover Hills Assembly of God. From there, he worked and lived in St. Louis for three years, serving as the technical director for Church on the Rock. There he was in charge of all production needs for services. Recently, he returned to Lakeland, Fla., to once again work at Mabe Production & Installation, this time as the production manager. He lives in Orlando, Fla., and has been married seven years to his wife, Melissa, and has a daughter named Zariah.
Get in Touch: david@mabepro.com    More by David Bonilla

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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