Church Technical Leaders is a community of full time, part time, and volunteer church technical artists serving in their local church throughout the United States of America and internationally.
Leading with a vision, Bill Swaringim (TechArts Director at that time, The Crossing, St Louis, MO) gathered a small group of church technical directors to form, in July 2009, the Church Technical Directors Round Table (CTDRT). This group was established as a community to serve full time technical ministry leaders. In April 2010, the CTDRT launched an online community that focused on the part time and volunteer technical artists called Church Technical Artists Network (CTANonline). Both online communities are based on fostering relationships amongst its members, facilitating peer learning, and encouraging synergy through the sharing of ideas.
As Swaringim watched these two resources develop and CTDRT hosting over 15 local and regional RoundTable events he realized that God’s vision was bigger than he realized. Bill invited North Coast Church, Vista, CA) and Jeff VanderGiessen (former Production Technology Director, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, WA) to join him in visioning and leading so to better serve the members of CTDRT and CTANonline. Together they have invested many hours of praying and planning, structuring the organization and planning initiatives for this community of leaders and artists. This resulted in the bringing both resources under one organization and Church Technical Leaders was birthed.
Today, Church Technical Leaders continues to be a resource led by full time church technical leaders. We will pursue our mission of fostering relationships amongst members; equip leaders by facilitating peer learning and encouraging synergy through the sharing of ideas while wrapping our arms around serving the local church through the technical arts. This is the beginning of a new journey and we look forward to seeing what God has in store!