Anastasia Technical Arts & Production Ministry Service Opportunities
On any given weekend the Technical Arts Ministry team could have a many as 8-10 people serving in many different capacities. Considering that we can't work every volunteer every week and every service, we could use as many as 30 different people a month to keep this ministry running smoothly all year long.
Our primary job is to support all aspects of the weekly services through audio, lighting, video, lyrics, and stage work. The Technical Arts Ministry is a great place for people who like to be behind the scenes. We are rarely in front of people but are always supporting the work and vision of the church. The tech ministry is a great place to serve for people who love music and techie stuff but may not have musical talent (although many of us do).
Shown below are various service position opportunities and we welcome anyone who may feel like they are being called to serve with us here. Although some positions do require previous experience, there are a lot of places that you can serve without any technical experience whatsoever.
The Contemporary Worship FOH Audio Engineering position requires previous experience in audio FOH mixing. This is a very demanding position that typically cannot be satisfied with unexperienced personnel. Yamaha M7CL48 digital console experience is also preferred but not necessary.
Traditional Worship FOH Audio Engineering position also requires previous audio experience. In addition, an understanding of traditional worship music consisting of orchestra and choir is also required.
Our mid-week service, LifeHouse, is a great place to start if you have a desire to begin learning how to serve in the audio department of the Technical Arts Team. With just a handful of instruments and a much more laid back service order, it allows for more time and opportunity for teaching and learning.
Intelligent Lighting Operator
DMX lighting design and programming must be color matched with the motion graphics that are selected for any given service or event. Past experience in DMX programming and protocols is required in order to satisfy this position.
In addition DMX programming must obviously happened during the course of the week prior to the upcoming services or event. So it's imperative this individual work during the week programming lights for the weekend services.
Theatrical Lighting Operator
Theatrical lighting is controlled exclusively on a Strand lighting console. This position does not require any previous lighting experience. The only requirement is to learn each light setting for each section of the service.
It is quite simple to learn but is a very important aspect of each service. Controlling the house lighting, lighting for the deaf ministry, and invitations is crucial.
Song lyrics, title slides for pastors & speakers, sermon notes, motion graphic backgrounds, static graphic backgrounds, and more are all controlled by the Lyrics & Backgrounds Operator. This position (all though extremely important) requires no past technical experience whatsoever. In fact it's more suited for someone who really loves worship music and loves to sing along with the songs.
This person should have a keen eye for detail and be able to maneuver around a computer without too much trouble. The Lyrics & Backgrounds Operator will advance cues in the software platform ProPresenter at the same time as the Lighting Operator advances. This keeps color and motion moving in time with the order of service, creating a very smooth transition within the order of service.
The Camera Operator will provide live video support through choosing which camera angle and position to use during any given service or event. There are 3 Sony robotic HD video cameras in the CLC and 1 in the Traditional Sanctuary. This position requires no previous technical experience and can be learned quite easily. It's a very important support role that allows a large congregation of people to feel much closer to the people on stage, which helps make a personal connection. After a few hours of playing with the cameras and learning the sensitivity of the joystick control, almost anyone would feel comfortable enough to serve in this role.
The Switcher Operator works with the Camera Operator by supporting which cameras are being selected for live shots verses which ones need to be selected to set up a shot before it goes live.
This position requires no previous technical experience but does require good listening skills. Learning this job is very simple and after an hour or so almost anyone would feel comfortable doing it.
Although we currently do not view the Video Editor position as a volunteer position, there are many ways to be able to serve in this area. Typically previous experience is necessary in this position but some training could be provided during the week.
Our Video Editor is primarily responsible for preparing the video recording of the message for upload to YouTube and anastasiabaptist.org We utilize the Adobe Cloud Suite, so it's desired that anyone wishing to help in this area of the Technical Arts Ministry have some experience with this software suite. But as previously stated, some training could be provided during the work week.
A Stage Manager is the person who helps control the flow of traffic to and from the CLC stage. With a worship team band as large as 10 or more people some weekends, multiple pastors and staff moving on and off stage for announcements, and offering prayers, it's imperative that everyone knows where they are supposed to be and when.
The Stage Manager position requires no previous technical experience. It's a great way to work directly with many of the people on staff here at A.B.C. It's important for the Stage Manager to always be keeping an eye on the stage to identify any problems that need attention.
The Stage Manage will communicate with the Service Director through a wireless comm headset system that allows direct communication with the sound booth upstairs.
If you have an expert level skill set in any of our technical fields, then we invite you to share 3-5 minutes of information about a single topic in your area of expertise to help develop training content for the Technical Arts Ministry.
We will shoot a short video allowing you to help develop the skill set of both our tech team and the tech team for other churches who may not have experts in your particular field. We will then upload the video to the Educational section of our website for people to access at any time.
If you have such a skill set and are interested in helping develop skilled tech teams in support of serving Jesus Christ, then please contact our Technical Arts Director, John Jenkins.