27 episodes

Are you a church tech director? If so, this podcast exists to serve you specifically. Each week we pull the tech director out of the booth and place them onto the stage to share their most outlandish stories and hidden wisdom from the tech trenches. Hosted by Toby Walters and Blake Hodges.

The ChurchGear Podcast Toby Walters

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Are you a church tech director? If so, this podcast exists to serve you specifically. Each week we pull the tech director out of the booth and place them onto the stage to share their most outlandish stories and hidden wisdom from the tech trenches. Hosted by Toby Walters and Blake Hodges.

    Cory Edwards on Elevation, Touring, and Eating Raw Liver [Studio Mixer]

    Cory Edwards on Elevation, Touring, and Eating Raw Liver [Studio Mixer]

    How do you bring the uniqueness of Elevation worship tours to your church?



    Cory Edwards has some advice that you'll be able to use immediately.



    Cory has been a FOH engineer for Elevation worship, Lauren Daigle and many more. He is now focusing on studio mixing at his home in Franklin TN.



    In this episode you'll hear: 
    1:30 Guess the celebrities Toby saw in CA7:40 Toby creeps Cory’s doppelganger out 10:10 Five Truths and a Lie with Cory 16:55 Cory’s path into production 23:00 Mixing on the road 24:00 Mixing with physical gear27:00 Gear that will improve your setup 29:00 Elevation worship tours 31:30 Touring live vs. Mixing in the studio 33:00 Bringing the uniqueness of worship tours to your church 39:45 Disaster story 45:00 “Who said it”48:00 Tech Takeaway on stepping up on stage to say hello

    Plugs: Check out his site here or on Instagram here.



    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 53 min
    From Lifelong Church Tech to Family Mentor [Wally Grant, Uganda]

    From Lifelong Church Tech to Family Mentor [Wally Grant, Uganda]

    When you've been in church tech for 30 years, what do you do next? Go to Uganda of course!

    Wally Grant is the former director of audio at Saddleback church and former Sr. Consultant at Clark. He is now a family mentor at the Amazima school in Uganda.


    In this episode you'll hear: 
    1:15 A Monkey eats all the prescription medicine 5:17 We introduce Wally Grant! 12:45 Wally bumps into Bob (Zimmerman) Dylan 18:10 Wally’s time at Saddleback and Clark Integrators 24:30 How did Wally end up in Uganda 28:00 Balancing audio and your marriage 31:00 Having boundary conversations with your pastor 34:30 Better gear isn’t always better 38:15 Life in Uganda 41:35 How to have a close church tech team 43:15 How to support Uganda’s ministry 48:45 Tech Takeaway on reading the manual and never stop learning 

    Plugs: https://amazima.org and reach out to Wally here: wgrant@amazima.org



    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 54 min
    Leaving your Church so Well You Can Return [Prestonwood Baptist’s Bryan Bailey]

    Leaving your Church so Well You Can Return [Prestonwood Baptist’s Bryan Bailey]

    How do you leave your church so well that you're able to take a job at that same church again in the future? 

    Bryan Bailey is the director of media at Prestonwood Baptist Church and has been working in church tech for over two decades. 

    In this episode you'll hear: 
    1:20 Toby explores a 90,000 sq ft warehouse  9:08 We introduce Bryan Bailey 19:25 Bryan’s start as a Church Tech 34:00 Leaving so well you can come back46:00 What is a church media director? 52:30 Who is Cuban Pete? 55:00 Tech takeaway on the importance of having and using your checklist 


    Plugs: Worshipmediaman is Bryan's handle. Prestonwood.jobs to apply to work with Bryan!



    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 1 hr
    Alex Fuller on Saying No Strategically [LD at Zion City Church]

    Alex Fuller on Saying No Strategically [LD at Zion City Church]

    What do you do when Covid has canceled all the live events? Do you got back to the Church Tech Director life? 


    Alex is the Pastor of live Production at Zion City - Southwest and owner of Production & Lighting design at Fuller Lights.



    In this episode you'll hear: 
    2:00 Toby hacks the Penske truck system 4:40 We introduce Alex Fuller, Lighting Design Director at Zion Church13:00 Alex’s journey into the Church Tech Life16:30 Saying no strategically 18:20 How does a small church make a “Bethel Level” production?24:00 How do you pull people into worship with lighting design?28:00 Why is church lighting the third letter in AVL?32:00 Going back to church post Covid39:00 Tech Takeaway on small, constant improvements 

    Plugs: Email him at fullerlights@gmail.com and reach him online at fullerlights.com



    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 41 min
    Dennis Choy on Building Church Tech Teams [Saddleback Church]

    Dennis Choy on Building Church Tech Teams [Saddleback Church]

    How do you recruit and build a church tech team in a post Covid world? 



    Dennis Choy is the church tech director at Saddleback Church in California. He has spent his years training teams to accomplish more together than they ever could separately. 


    In this episode you'll hear: 
    1:00 Toby’s first time at Saddleback Church 7:20 We introduce Dennis Choy15:05 Turning down the FBI 18:55 Mixing for Switchfoot 30:25 Why church techs are leaving ministry37:45 Saddleback Church’s training for church tech volunteers 43:40 New Amplio camera set up 47:10 Challenges as Saddleback’s Tech director 50:00 Recruiting for your church tech team 53:20 Tech Takeaway on not arguing on the weekends 


    Plugs
    Connect with Dennis at churchtechcoach@gmail.com 


    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 59 min
    Stephen Brewster on Creativity and Producing Elevation Worships records [Live @ FILO]

    Stephen Brewster on Creativity and Producing Elevation Worships records [Live @ FILO]

    How do you go from moving to Nashville to escape music to producing Elevation's albums?



     Stephen Brewster leads the Harmony Group and helps churches like Elevation release original music. 


    In this episode: 
    1:00 Toby’s recent celebrity sightings 9:33 We introduce Stephen Brewster at FILO 21:45 Christian music’s critical component 24:30 Why every church should write original music 26:45 How many Elevation records are actually live?29:30 How Stephen knows if he will work with a church or not33:55 The process of getting an album created 36:00 A literal angel sang on the record?38:20 Encouragement for continuing ministry 40:00 Creating the Elevation look at smaller churches 42:00 Tech Takeaway on pressing pause and creating creativity 


    Plugs
    Instagram Stephen Brewster.me


    Resources for your Church Tech Ministry
    Does your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.

    Connect with us: 
    Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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