Heart of the Console
by Kent Morris
sound in church is totally different
from mixing audio in any other environment.
Mixing in clubs is all about making
the red lights come on to the faders
and making the people go deaf. Mixing
at a festival is all about making it
so loud that you drive people back to
the concession stands so they buy more
sound is all about worship. It's about
conveying the message of God's Word.
Since the aim of church sound is to
convey the message of God's Word, the
church audio team mission statement
ought to read something like this:
goal of the church audio team is to
provide audio that is worthy of the
worship of Jesus Christ. This goal is
best accomplished by ministering to
the technical, physical, and spiritual
needs of those who have entrusted God's
Word to us (those ministering to the
congregation) so that we can impart
that message to the hearts and ears
of the Body of Christ.
to 1 Thessalonians 2:4-10, we are: To
please God and not man (v.4). That's
good because we cannot please man. Someone
complains that it's too loud. Someone
else complains that it's too soft. Another
complains, "The only thing I can
hear is the keyboard." Another,
"The only thing I can't hear is
the keyboard," (usually, the keyboardist's
with the gospel (v.4) When someone speaks,
prays, or sings the Word of God, it
flows through our system. Everything
flows through us and flows out from
us. So if Satan gets to us, or if we're
not on top of our game for any time
during that hour, it affects the entire
service. That's why it's so important
that we remember that we're dealing
with the gospel.
be a burden lifter (v.6) Consider in
Luke 10, the account of Mary and Martha.
Martha was encumbered with much serving.
Mary, on the other hand, was worshiping
at Jesus' feet. Martha was enabling
Mary to worship by her work, but she
didn't have the right attitude about
it. We too enable others to worship.
We are there to lift others' burdens
so that they can worship. We can work
very hard, but if we don't have the
right attitude about it, if we're not
working to enable others to worship,
we're not doing our job.
be gentle as a mother (v.7) Paul speaks
in this passage of a nursing mother
caressing her child. That's how we are
to treat those on the stage. Those on
the stage are servants to the Body of
Christ. We are servants to the servants,
sub-servants, so to speak.
labor night and day (v.9) We are to
be the first ones there and the last
ones to leave. That's normal.
be holy, just, and blameless (v.10)
Our job is to have a heart for God and
an ear for sound, so that we can provide
ministry to the ministers and ministry
to the Body of Christ as a whole.
person is capable of providing audio
worthy of worship. Audio is a learned
set of skills. Given a basic understanding
and a decent amount of hearing, anyone
can learn this skill set. What is much
more important than the technology is
the ability to take your heart and put
it on the console.
need to be able to interface with people,
not just so that you can make them sound
good, but so that people can worship
God. It's all about reaching people
for Christ, reaching the unchurched
with the gospel and edifying the churched
through an encounter with God.
don't notice all the things you do.
That's fine. The only thing that matters
are the two words that you will hear
at the judgment: "Well done."
else is irrelevant. You do well for
Christ, then nothing else matters. If
you think about it, God doesn't really
need us to do this. He did it with Christ
on earth without any of this technical
help. Today he chooses to utilize us
as technicians to further His Word.
That is a responsibility that you and
I bear. Let's bear it honorably before