Worship–The chief aim of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. One way we do that through corporate worship. There are few things I enjoy more than leading the Body of Christ into authentic worship experiences.
Excellence–I hold excellence as a priority in all things. Continuous improvement is part of my lifestyle, not a simply a program.
Learning–I’m a lifelong student. Even after 20 years of working in the technical arts, learning something new every day is still exciting.
Teaching–I’ve dedicated my life to learning the technical arts and media production. I’ve picked up a few things along the way, and now I can’t decide which is more fun; doing it or teaching it.
how i describe me…
An innovative visionary who sees possibilities that don’t yet exist. Able to visualize a project as complete and develop the most efficient path to the highest quality product.
An ingenious problem solver who learns quickly, analyzes issues and needs, creates and implements elegant solutions, anticipating problems and planning contingencies to ensure optimal outcomes.
A team builder who seeks to invest in the lives of others; a mentor who thoroughly enjoys helping others reach their full potential; a teacher who loves seeing the light bulbs go off in the minds of others.
Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Responsibility, Achiever, Relator.
how others describe me…
“Few people are as organized, driven, smart, and capable as Mike, both from an engineering standpoint and in executing the design build process. Mike is a dream to manage, he’s a self-starter who needs very little maintenance. With solid direction and processes, Mike can accomplish anything (and generally does).”
– Duke, Manager
“This project actually ran extremely well from my perspective. Considering the client added $450,000 worth of equipment to the job 4 days before we showed up on site, you were on top of every change and fed us information in time to keep the job moving forward. I think the whole room turned out great.”
– Nick, Site Lead (co-worker)
“I don’t really have any changes to the proposal; it’s exactly what we articulated in the meeting. This is exactly what we expected, and the budget is spot on. We’re excited to move forward.”
– Sean, Pastor (client)
“The sanctuary turned out amazingly well. The sound of the room, the lights, the speaker system; it’s even better than what we expected. You and your whole team did an amazing job. And now, we get to enjoy that room every single weekend. Thank you!”
– Eric, Pastor (client)
“One of the things I love about working with you is you understand us and what we need. You can make decisions on a project without even asking me, and they’re the right decisions. That takes a lot of stress off my plate.”
– Travis, Production Director (client)
“I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Sunday was a big success and a real big hit. We didn’t have any hiccups and all ran very well. Thanks again for all the hard work and for allowing me to tag along and learn as much as possible.”
– Mike, Technical Director (client)
“I have seriously never had so much support from the tech team as I get from Mike and his team. Their professionalism and competence makes it possible for me to let go and just focus on leading worship.”
– Justin, Worship Leader
“Thank you sooo much for all your help this year during the show. Thanks for putting up with all our crazy requests, you had such a great attitude the entire time. You are seriously the nicest sound guy I’ve ever worked with.”
– Carrie, Vocal Director for Christmas Production
“I’m thankful for Mike Sessler – for his heart, the amazing gifts he has and his determination to use those gifts to enrich The Church (both local and far-flung), and to help others to grow in those same gifts. I’m especially thankful that we are in the same local church and I get to benefit from all that very directly!”
– Mark, Worship Leader
“Mike, I have to say that I’ve hear from more people this year that the sound of the Christmas Production was the best it’s ever been. Other musicians who saw the production said the sound was amazing, so a lot of credit goes to you.”
– Rob, Music Director for Christmas Production
“I’ve worked with some really, really good technical directors and you are right there at the top of the list. Your combination of significant technical knowledge and ability to motivate and inspire people really sets you apart. Your presence here is a huge gift to me.”
– Craig, Creative Director
“Thank yo u so much for all your help. You are a great trainer, a great technician and a great organizer. We’ve had no problems at all this year, and we really appreciate all the work you’ve done to help make that happen.”
– Sandra, BSF Leader; thanking me for training and equipping their media team.
“Just thought I would drop you an email to say how much I value the weekly podcast and blog posts. Please be encouraged that you have a real impact in a church far far away in the north of England.”
– Dave, ChurchTechArts reader, and ChurchTechWeekly listener
“What nice things to say! This is very thoughtful and kind of you to send this to me, and only confirms again the high opinion I have of you each time we work together. You are very talented yet so humble about it.”
– Deb, video tech volunteer; thanking me for thanking her for a great job every weekend.
“And Mike, I feel that you were one of the musicians because of the degree of control you had over our balance, volume and tone. It takes a musical ear and a lot of experience to do a good job mixing a band using only Aviom monitors on stage. Many people who attended commented on how well they could hear everything.”
– Robert, musician extraordinaire; in reference to mixing the Good Friday services.
“The way you talk about team building and organizing has completely change my views on the worship team. I’m now re-evaluating the way I do just about everything when it comes to worship and team building.”
– Mike, Worship Leader, ChurchTechWeekly listener
“Nice job Mike. Seriously – this is awesome. There are so FEW churches that have strong coaching and standardization like this…”
– Melody, Worship Arts Pastor, commenting on an e-newsletter I sent to my sound tech volunteers.
“This is the first time since I’ve played here that I’ve actually heard my bass in the system. And my wife, who is quite attuned to these things has commented on how much better the sound has been [since you’ve been mixing]. It’s been a real blessing to have you here.”
– Bruce, bass player & worship leader; in reference to my mixing of the contemporary services.
“Thanks for working so hard for His Kingdom. I can’t tell you how much I love working with you. Thanks, Mike.”
– Jon, Youth Pastor; commenting on my work with Student Ministries.
“I have been full time at the same ministry for 12 years now and to be honest…. I have been burnt out and ready to throw in the towel for a while. I recently found your website and have been so inspired by what you and the other have to say. I can’t thank you enough for your inspiring positive content!”
– Robert, Technical Director/Audio Engineer, ChurchTechArts reader
“I think we probably complain too much, and I know we don’t say this enough, but thank you. You’re doing and awesome job, the services have never sounded better. Thanks for being here.”
– Mike, worship team vocalist; on my role as sound engineer.
“Yeah…thanks. Really. I love your leadership style. You’re so good at what you do. So…uh…thanks!”
– Bethany, worship leader; in response to some encouragement I offered after a tough weekend.
“Thank you again for your sharing your knowledge, you have inspired me to be more involved with my church and how technology can be a ministry within itself.”
– Jacob, volunteer audio guy, ChurchTechArts reader
“I am sooooo glad you are taking the time to do this class. You have no idea what it means to me and our church. Being a new and smaller church we have limited resources and volunteers so any training or cross training we can receive is crucial to our operations and budget.
Our tech team is brewing with excitement and already looking at our sound board like a new toy that can do more then we ever imagined. I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel of sound. I have also learned a respect for sound and that there is more to sound then meets the eye. (or should I say ear)”
– Rob, lead technical volunteer at another church; comments on a sound training class I presented.