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Communication & Marketing

Fun Giveables

Looking for some fun giveaway items for a series on emotions? Try these cool, emotional watches.?[Source: Like Cool]

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Creative

Distracting the Creative Process

The night was cool, and the wind whistled through our backyard redwood trees. The moon had taken refuge behind a bank of clouds, so the space was dark and solemn. An empty deckchair invited me to the edge of our barely rippling pool. It was God calling me to that place, but I didn?t know […]

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Creative

How to Be As Distracting As Possible

Are you new to the creative church game? Has leadership decided creativity is the way to reach new people and grow your church? You probably went to a killer conference and saw that a good bit of creativity can make your church services awesome. Creativity is pretty cool.? And if you do it right, creativity […]

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Creative

Practicing the Art of Visual Dissonance

Good storytelling always involves one very important thing: conflict. I was afraid of getting fired a couple weeks ago. I was working on a new creative concept for a series on Corinthians. I knew I wanted to design something different. The thought of using Corinthian architecture seemed clich? and boring. So I spent one afternoon […]

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Creative

Distractions in Lights and On Screen

As I write this, I’m being distracted.? My phone’s pinging, the TV’s calling, and of course the new email notifications keep popping up. I don’t think you will find anyone who doesn’t want to minimize distractions in our worship services. But what does that really mean? How do you even attempt to do that in […]

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Worship

Bringing Modern Liturgy into Our Worship

One day I was sitting in my church office when our pastor came flying through the door.? (He enters each room much like Seinfeld?s Kramer ? exploding with energy and ideas.? Nothing is ever boring when he?s around!) He grabbed a marker and drew a circle on my white board, then split it up like […]

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Worship

Men, Women, and Distractions in Worship

What?s a distraction in worship? There are a lot of different ways to answer that. But for this little article, I?m going to touch on distractions for guys and gals. In most worship settings, we get the opportunity to create space for both men and women to pray, sing, and engage with God. It?s an […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

The Royal Royal – Royal I’m absolutely in love with this band. Besides having some great worship tunes, the album is very refreshing to listen to. It’s a complete departure from the typical pop Christian worship. The album ranges from melancholy indie rock to a bit of electro-pop. At times they remind me of one […]

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Leadership

Creating a Culture of Feedback

I worked for an advertising agency early in my career. They never bothered with creating a culture of feedback. The environment was toxic.?Most of my mornings were like this: “Hi Ambert, that ad you created last week ? that has to go to press today ? well, I finally got to see it. It sucks. […]

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Leadership

Learning From Kidmin About Distractions

When I?m planning a kids’ worship experience, every word, song, and moment is “on purpose”. We make sure everything we do points to what we want the kids to learn, and we don?t include anything that distracts from that message. It isn’t so different from “big church”. Just like in kids’ church, adults deal with […]

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Technology

Minimizing Tech Distractions

Living in our world means being torn in different directions ? whether by people, technology, work, or issues from the past week. Being part of Sunday morning is no different. It can be full of distractions. Church can be a place where refocusing perspective and change takes place, but it doesn’t happen without the prompting […]

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Technology

How Creative Should a Sound Tech Be?

In last month?s issue Zac Marcengill discussed how to add creativity to the mix. As a tech who has spent most of my career as a sound mixer, one of the most important questions I can ever ask myself is: when mixing, how creative can I be? To answer that question, we should clarify what […]

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Communication & Marketing

How to Cut Through the Noise

Communication is a miracle. In even the simplest of communications, there are two drastically different personalities trying to share extremely abstract concepts clearly enough that there is understanding. Each of those personalities has different life experiences and values. Then you add noise the mix… Noise is anything happening between the giver and receiver that distracts […]

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Communication & Marketing

Communicating Your Need for People

Dear Ministry Leader in need of volunteers, Hi. I’m Jason Young. I’d like to volunteer in your ministry, but I’ve been burned out from years of working in the church. If there is one thing I know, it’s that without a support structure, you will burnout. I’ve seen it first hand and it’s not pretty. […]