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Creative

Myths of the Creative Church

It?s amazing just how much the church has shifted in the last decade. Think about it. Just a few short years ago, most churches didn?t have any sort of ?creative? team working to craft every moment of every weekend. There were no fancy lights, no inspiring set designs, and no soaring worship tunes. We sang […]

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Creative

Myth: Creativity is the Priority

I often sit and talk with pastors, creatives, and volunteers who serve the Church. I?ve seen there?s an unspoken myth creeping into North American church culture that creativity is the priority. We erroneously believe that resources equate results. And sometimes we can believe technology trumps transformation. No one would openly admit that within their specific […]

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Creative

Tall Tales of Visual Worship

Introducing artistic, visual worship elements that illuminate blank sacred spaces can produce many kinds of reactions. This can make for some timely conversations about the role of art in communal worship. If you’re stepping into the realm of leading visual worship, this article is for you. When humans experience something moving, powerful, and mysterious, we […]

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Creative

A Case Study in Visual Productivity

Team productivity experiment time! I was a part of an incredible experience in May with Creative Missions???a missions trip where church creatives use their skills to help churches in other parts of the country communicate better. This article isn?t about that. It’s about team productivity. But check out Cleve Persinger?s site, MediaBleep.com to learn more […]

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Worship

Dealing with Prima Donnas

Q: What?s the difference between a diva and a prima donna? A: I don?t know but where?s my water?! If you are involved with leading people in any capacity for any length of time, you will undoubtedly come across someone who has tendencies which aren?t ? shall we say ? conducive to team-building and cooperation. […]

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Worship

The Myth of Christian Music

This article isn?t aimed at encouraging you to stop doing ?Christian music” in your worship services. I?m not proposing you sing Carly Rae Jepsen?s ?Call Me Maybe? pre-service, mid-service, or even post-service (though that song is infectious in all the right ways). No, you don?t need to worry about me asking you to do ?secular? […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

Hillsong Live – Cornerstone Year after year, Hillsong is a huge player in worship music. And this year is no different. The newest release from the Australia-based church is Cornerstone; one of the most anticipated worship album releases of the year. Unfortunately, it doesn?t really live up to its expectations. Last year?s God is Able […]

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Leadership

Your Church’s Standard of Living

Churches need money. There?s no way around it. We rely heavily on the generosity of the people we preach to. Therefore, we encourage them to live according to God?s standard of financial stewardship. We ask them to give. We provide financial courses for people to learn (or relearn) how to handle their money and resources […]

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Leadership

Tempted to Replace Volunteers with Technology?

I was about to make a tragic mistake. I was leading the guest experience for my mega-church. We needed to re-tool how we were interacting with anyone that called into the main phone number every day of the week. I fought for the implementation of an automated system to replace our current receptionist so we […]

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Technology

The Grumpy Tech Sasquatch

I have a confession to make; I have seen the ?Nick Burns? of Church Tech on many occasions lurking in my church. He is real! If you aren?t familiar with this legend, Nick Burns is a mythical character on ?Saturday Night Live? played with spot-on indignation by Jimmy Fallon. Nick is the stereotypical IT guy […]

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Technology

Myths About the Tech Department

Every church has them ? the mysterious creature lurking in the shadows that typically goes unnoticed until something disastrous happens.? Then, you see it!? Sometimes they quickly scamper out and are seen only for an instant before they return to the shadows.? They are a critical part of the food chain and are important for […]

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Communication & Marketing

Myth: Communication is Easy

Communication in the church has come a long way in the last couple thousand years. But it has never been is easy. If you’ve been involved in the church for even a short time, you’ve likely experienced at least one of these situations: Your church had an event and very few people showed up ? […]

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Communication & Marketing

Church Website Myth: More is More

You’ve heard the expression “less is more,” right? Good. Put that on the back burner. We’ll get to it in a second. Right now? I want to talk about more. There are times when more is appropriate: Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream, hugs from your toddler son, and rainy, lazy Sunday afternoons. In […]

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Communication & Marketing

Viral Videos

[tentblogger-youtube eWTx-NDCwSk] What makes a viral video and where is the phenomenon going?