COTMProd Core Values

Last year our church leadership spent some time articulating our church’s core values. It’s been great to keep these in front of our various teams as it has added some focus and inspiration that tend to get lost in the “busy-ness” of doing church. Getting to spend some time hearing these discussions made me think that it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing to articulate a similar set of values that applied directly to the production staff.

As we head into the home stretch of pre-production leading up to this year’s Seeds Conference, it felt like an appropriate time to list these out. These tend to encapsulate the spirit behind the COTMProd “DNA” as well as giving some insight into how we function as a production team when we are stretched to the hilt. It should be noted that this list is a living and breathing entity of sorts, so it will probably always be a work in progress as our team adapts and morphs with where we are headed as a church.

It’s no secret that we do things in a certain way at COTMProd: intentional, focused, controlled. All of these words can easily apply BUT remember that they are effective to our specific situation. That being said, these may not apply to everyone but perhaps can be used to get some similar thinking going on within your own team(s) and situation. Enjoy the list.

1. Believe that you’re the right person for the job.
It’s no mistake that you’re on this team. Having the unwavering knowledge that God put all of us here for this specific time and purpose is paramount to our success.

2. Details are what take us from Good to Great.
Other than God’s power, details are perhaps THE primary thing that can help us achieve a level greater than ourselves. There is NOTHING too small to overlook. Enough small details add up to something significant far more quickly than you can imagine. The people coming in our doors deserve our focus on the small things just as much as the big things.

3. Always have a backup plan.
The best backup plan usually costs nothing. Invest in your own future (and ours) by ALWAYS having a primary, secondary, and tertiary plan.

4. You NEVER have to ask permission to take responsibility.
Responsibility is everyone’s task—no matter what position you occupy on the team. Accepting responsibility for our successes and failures is what will make our team stronger.

5. Adults don’t have to give excuses.
Excuses are not needed on any level until it comes time to evaluate progress. Own the situation. Accomplish the goal or task. Move on to what’s next. Owning the situation is one of the best ways to earn someone’s respect.

6. Be prepared.
There is absolutely no room in our ranks for being unprepared. Being prepared for the task at hand is akin to coming to work with socks and shoes on. God gave everyone a brain to think things through in a qualified manner—use your smarts and savvy for the advantage of the team.

7. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind… Just know the right time to speak it.
You are here for the value and skill you bring to this team. If you remain silent, your value is greatly diminished and the team is not served. Speak up, give your opinion, add value to what we do. HOWEVER, you must learn when, and in what forum, your opinions and thoughts are warranted. Even though this is somewhat delicate to master, it can be a learned behavior. Focus on watching the more seasoned in the group and follow their lead.

8. Learn how to be respectful and communicate like an adult.
There is virtually no function of this church in which we aren’t involved to some degree‚ that creates a fairly long client list. Learn to conduct yourself like an adult, communicate clearly and succinctly, LISTEN to others, be helpful and polite. These things will increase your buy-in with those we serve plus increasing the respect they have for the job we are trying to accomplish.

9. Do not be a “YES” man.
This is not to be confused with “agreeable”. Being agreeable is good while being a lemming (i.e. a “yes” man) is bad. There are few people in this world that are well-served by a “yes” person. You are here for what you bring to the table. If you have a differing viewpoint, don’t be afraid to respectfully dissent. If you remain silent and blindly agree with everything, our team will be the worse for it. Respectful and calculated pushback in our organization is how we keep our swords sharp.

10. God designed each day with exactly enough hours to complete everything we need to accomplish. (Psalm 90:12)
NEVER forget that God is in control of what is in front of us. When we’re feeling overwhelmed or as if time is working against us, it may be time to humbly evaluate what is consuming our time and energy. God’s plan is perfect—it’s up to us to stay in tune with what His will is so that we can accomplish what HE wants us to get accomplished each day.

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.
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