By Mike Sessler • March 22, 2011 An individual networking with his mentor. This article is provided by ChurchTechArts. Recently I sent out a tweet asking the question, “Who do you have pouring into your life?” If you’re a TD or a volunteer tech leader at your church, it is imperative that you have someone (preferably a few someones) who can speak into your life and encourage you when you have a rough day. Like it or not, the TD role is often a lonely one. There are typically no other staff members who get what we do, and our very nature makes it hard to reach out for help when we need it. This is a shame. As believers, we’re called to be in community, yet we techs often neglect that. My friend Roy calls us a tribe, and we need to reach out and get to know others in this tribe. This point was driven home personally to me a few years ago when I was in a different (and much more difficult) situation than I am now. I had some really tough stuff going on, and was growing increasingly discouraged. Thankfully, I had developed some relationships with other tech guys (albeit guys who were in different parts of the country) that I could reach out to. I spent several hours on the phone with them just venting. I don’t recall anyone saying anything particularly profound that changed my situation, but just the fact that I could tell them what was going on and know that they got it was enough. I had the opportunity to be that friend recently. A good friend reached out to me and a few others after a really bad day. I called him up and we talked for over an hour. Really, he talked, which was fine; he just needed someplace to vent. All I had to do was listen and acknowledge. When we do that for each other, we’re living out what Jesus calls us to. There’s nothing magical about it; we just need to be involved in each other’s lives. I feel pretty strongly that we need other techs involved in our lives. Talking with wives or girlfriends can be helpful, but often times they want to come to our rescue or take up our offense, and that isn’t always what we need. Read the rest of this post 1 2 About Mike Mike Sessler Project Lead at CCI Solutions Mike has been involved with church sound and live production for more than 25 years, and is the author of the Church Tech Arts blog. Based in Nashville, he serves as project lead for CCI Solutions, which provides design-build production solutions for churches and other facilities. http://churchtecharts.org Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Audio Church Sound Engineer Live Microphones Mixers Poll Sound Reinforcement Technician Worship Audio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.