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World’s First Color Film

[tentblogger-youtube XekGVQM33ao] Check out these amazing color films from 1902 and hear about the process they used to make it happen. Genius!

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The Service

The 2011 Willow Creek Christmas service had three main elements. Christmas carols, creative element, and the message. This has become their Christmas liturgy. The service began with some Christmas carols to give the audience their fill. Then you had your typical announcements, offering, and year-end fund discussion. They segued to their creative element. Then Bill […]

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Creative

The Planning

A month or so after Easter, the creative team at Willow Creek sat down to brainstorm for Christmas. It was a huge meeting with all the creative teams. Everyone was throwing around ideas. The recurring theme that kept coming up was that Christmas was just the beginning. The? story of Jesus’ miracles and teaching wouldn’t […]

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Creative

The Visuals

This year, Willow Creek Community Church kept their visuals very simple. They didn?t have a big theme planned ? they were focusing on a Christmas service for their community. They put most of their visual prowess into the feature film they showed during their services. They let that be the big eye candy since that […]

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Creative

Stage Design and Lighting

The folks at Willow Creek had a huge challenge in designing their stage for Christmas. They had three unique, distinct sections in their service. How do you decorate the stage for one section without giving away the next portion??How do they visually backup the Christmas carols without giving away the feature film? How do they […]

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Worship

Planning Worship

Matt Lundgren and Aaron Niequist were responsible for the worship music segment in last year’s Willow Creek Christmas services. They got together in September and asked, ?How do we take people on a 30-minute journey ? telling them the Christmas story through a worship experience?? The big creative element ? the feature film ? wasn?t […]

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Worship

The Set List

Here’s a glimpse at the set list from the Christmas carols portion of the 2011 Willow Creek Christmas services. Movement 1 3:06 – My Deliverer – Chorus Only 4:16 – Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Driving, Arcade Fire Type Indie Version 3:56 – Angels We Have Heard on High/Go Tell it On the Mountain […]

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Leadership

Leadership Lessons

Many of you might be saying to yourselves, ?We could never do something this creative at our church. Our pastor would never go for it.? But even the creative team at Willow Creek had to do something convincing. Normally, the creative elements are decided on by the team, then taken to Bill Hybels for the […]

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Technology

The Challenges

One of the biggest challenges last year for the Willow Creek tech team was the big creative element ? the feature film. Not only did they score the feature film with a live orchestra, they had to sync up external video content and the audio from the movie. They plugged a Ki-PRO directly into their […]

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Technology

Rehearsals and Services

With such a huge Christmas program planned, rehearsals started early. They devoted the whole month of December to rehearsals ? for both staff and volunteers. Their rehearsal schedule went like this: Night 1 – Music Rehearsal This rehearsal is all about the first portion of the service. This is where they covered the Christmas carols. […]

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Communication & Marketing

Communicating Christmas to the Community

In the past, Willow Creek Community Church has done a huge themed event for Christmas. But last year, they tried something new. Instead of inviting someone to something so creative and cute like ?Imagine?, they decided to invite their community to simply experience Christmas with them. They didn?t theme it any more than a simple […]

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Communication & Marketing

Communicating Christmas to the Congregation

The folks at Willow Creek realized their best bet for promoting Christmas was to get their congregation excited and mobilized. They realized once the congregation gets excited, they invite their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. So after Thanksgiving they started building sets and altering the room for Christmas. They staged things so they can build […]