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Creative

Creating an Atmosphere of Collaboration

It?s unusual to start a rehearsal stretching on the floor. And yet there were all eight of us as the director wove his way through the maze of actors sharing his thoughts for the scene we were about to create. It felt like we were in some pseudo, combined production of FAME and a boot […]

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Creative

Leadership and Creatives Working Together

As a little girl I dreamed of being a superstar. In my world of make-believe, nightgowns became evening dresses and hairbrushes became microphones. If a performer was on television ? such as my all-time favorite entertainer, Carol Burnett ? I could be found decked out in my superstar attire ready to mimic every movement, every […]

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Creative

What is Design?

Design is so much more than what happens in Photoshop or Illustrator. The beauty of design can reach deeper than any After Effects project, any really good edit, or any interesting live experience. Design is about emotional experience and communication. It’s about the feeling you get when something is right. Design tells stories through a […]

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Creative

Visual Unity

I?ve spent much of my time figuring out?the how?of a design problem. I most often asked myself, ?How are we going to reach this goal?? I?ve often assumed the things coming to me already had the why figured out. I gave those who handed me the project the benefit of the doubt that they’d done […]

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Worship

Soulless Sundays: Being Authentic in a Programmed Age

Five years ago I was leading worship every Sunday in a gym with no moving lights and a basketball hoop over my head. I could add a song on the fly and write a song backstage to play in the next service if my heart desired.?I also had little thoughts of anything outside those walls. […]

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Worship

Songwriting ? Collaboration

I once had a song idea I absolutely loved, but just couldn?t finish. I knew where I wanted it to go. I had a chorus and a bridge, but I couldn?t come close to finishing a verse. One day I sat down at the piano and showed a friend the chorus. I sang through all […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

Bellarive – The Heartbeat I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is, but Bellarive has a remarkable charm to them. I first heard them last summer on a Relevant Magazine sampler with the song ?Love Has Found Us?, which I fell in love with. In fact, I had it on my wake-up alarm playlist for quite […]

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Leadership

Crafting an Experience

The church should be applauded for stepping up to the challenge of bringing creativity, design, and art into our weekend services. We’ve come a long way since clipart and pixelated images. As we continue to embrace the look of church and how we communicate we can now begin to look at the feel of church. […]

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Leadership

Your Creative Team is Too Small

I believe innovation has always been the primary challenge of leadership. Our churches are in an era of such rapid change that leaders must continually work toward change and adaptation ? all the while ensuring the organization remains true to its vision and values. Leaders must recognize the entire staff?s natural capacity to adapt and […]

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Technology

How Community Affects Worship

I met David Leonard and Leslie Jordan while serving at our Sunday morning gatherings. I started serving with David and Leslie by running front-of-house sound. I didn?t know them well, but I had a gift I could use in serving our body. So I did. This is how we met. Serving together created something more […]

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Technology

When Tech Works Together

I was chatting with a creative tech guy last night, and I love what he said. I asked him what he did in the creative tech department. He answered with this: “I do a little bit of everything.” Why did I love that so much? It spoke volumes to me. He wasn’t saying he was […]

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Communication & Marketing

Many Communicators, One Voice

Regardless of the size of your church, there’s no question there are multiple people communicating on its behalf. From your senior pastor on Sunday mornings to the messages printed in your bulletin or posted on your website, there are many different ways your church communicates. Even with multiple touch points, your church has one singular […]

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Communication & Marketing

Communicating Without Words

The Sunday morning worship gathering is about attention and focus. Those in charge of producing the service have the job of arresting people’s attention and helping the community collectively focus on a central teaching or theme. When tasked with communicating a message on Sunday morning, the elements that get the most attention are the sermon […]