4 How-tos for building a ministry gear list:
- A dream list can be built in Excel or Google Sheets. This makes it shareable, plus expandable and scalable. Print a physical copy: keep a three-ring binder in your office or green room with printed up pictures and prices of things the church could use to accomplish its goals.
- Add both crazy expensive and moderately priced items on the list.
- Know WHY you want what you want. Avoid personal preference and lean toward what serves the vision of the church.
- Periodically share this updated list with church leaders and your team. Let them know what the future looks like.
Here’s what my personal dream list looks like, starting with crazy to more reasonable (prices may vary):
$15,000 Upgraded Danley Soundlab Subwoofers
$4500 Neve 1073 Preamp for the church studio for tracking high-end vocals
$3,000 New iMac for Front of House for Video Editing
$500 Extra Fender Jazz House Bass Guitar for the stage
$300 Extra Stage Tuners for all instrumentalists
$100 New Headphones for Soundboard
We all know the idea of planning for a rainy day, but what about planning for a better one? Most local churches are non-profit organizations, which means people can and will make donations to help fund their mission. Local laws dictate whether or not these funds can be dedicated to specific uses, but in most situations, an earmarked donation can and will go to said request (check with your church leadership). Having practical lists like this will give some teeth and action to a churches vision, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your dream ministry gear list.
This article on building a ministry gear list was originally published in MinistryTech Magazine.