more gadgets than Batman.
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Why do we as worship guitarists feel like we need the best in every category? When do we decide we've got enough gear, and start putting our surplus money to better use elsewhere? Why don't we spend more time thinking about how our gear habits reflect on how we're (often negatively, in guitar communities) seen as Christians and are actually part of our witness? Is it really okay to use money from the church budget to get ourselves shiny new gear?
The part in bold is something I doubt is happening with most of the guys on this thread. I've been a gearhead since 2002, been on staff at numerous churches. My worship budget is sizable, and we spend it every year, but usually on things like new cameras for the building stream ($5k/camera) or lights ($2.2k/programmable spotlight) or replacing DIs or wireless mics.
They don't pay for any of gear, or strings, or tubes. They DO offer to pay for us to go to music lessons for continuing education / musical development.
On materialism, I probably have one of the most egregious collections and rigs on here. I'll admit/confess/discuss that I have at times had conversations with my mentor and my wife about the way that I've used gear to "get through" clinical depression at times. Is that healthy? Not particularly, but my mentor, wife, and counselor are all pretty unequivocal that as long as I'm being honest about what is going on, it is the sort of habit that is more easily checked and far less destructive than other typical coping mechanisms. For me, the gear becomes something I can fixate on and get excited about and control when I feel things spiraling out from under my feet.
Could I spend the money better? Sure, I suppose I could spend it on anti-depressants, but I'd rather some Veritas, Strymon, Chase Bliss, and Suhr gear.