Continuing our series of blog articles coming out of the Interactive Church Conference, today we look at some tips for success in church technology projects.
Let’s face it, a lot of church technology projects – whether it be the development of the church website, a new audio/video system, or whatever – bomb! (Ever been there?) Many either don’t live up to expectations or they don’t get completed at all. In fact, I would hazard a guess that more projects fail than succeed.
But on the bright side, most of the causes of failed tech projects are avoidable. So here are 20 tips for success in church technology projects.
1) Invite God into the process. You are doing this for Him right?
2) If you’re the leader, lead and inspire rather than manage
3) Leaders – be there to support your geeks
4) Don’t lead by committee
5) Don’t micromanage
6) Trust your talent
7) Minimize the red tape
8) Focus on doing a few things well.
9) Be cost effective, not cheap.
10) Plan well, create an accurate budget
11) Spend money when required
12) Identify the right people
13) Pay for talent when required
14) Encourage and grow talent in house
15) Task volunteers to use their gifts
16) Understand volunteers talents
17) Don’t try to do something out of your league
18) Know your audience. Use surveys. Don’t develop something that doesn’t fit with your culture or people won’t use.
19) Don’t rush. It’s going to take longer than you think.
20) Strive for quality. This will go down on your permanent record.
Which of these jump out at you? What additional tips would you add?