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Creative

Dreaming the Creative Process

Creating, by its nature, often escapes form or process. And while that?s great for making music in your garage or painting for enjoyment, it poses a much larger problem when ideas are under deadlines. Oh, the deadlines. Even the word ? dead line ? is so final and creepy. But we all have them and […]

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Creative

Turning a Pastor’s Dream Into Reality

Creating something that looks and sounds great is one thing, but creating something substantive that supports a vision is a completely different ball game ? a ball game where we must show up. The Church has come a long way in the last ten years. When I first started feeling a passion ? stirred by […]

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Creative

I Dream of Visual Worship

I sat down with a friend over coffee, and I heard it again. ?It sounds horrible, but sometimes I feel like going to church on Sunday is just wasting my time.? I have to be gut-wrenchingly-honest and confess I know precisely what he means. Perhaps some of you reading this have been struggling with the […]

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Creative

Inspiration, Not Copying

I admit it. I?ve committed a cardinal designer sin. I?ve straight up, unabashedly, embarrassingly…copied. Don?t judge me like you haven?t done it in a pinch?okay, maybe you haven?t, but I admit it I have. It?s shameful, especially since I?ve also been the guy who?s called people out on the internet for copying. Ya, I was […]

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Worship

The Dream Worship Leader

Oh, to have a magic teakettle! When you rub the side of it, instantly your dream worship leader appears ? ready to serve at your church. Oh, to make ourselves into the dream worship leader that churches are looking for! If you could define what makes a dream worship leader, what would they be like? […]

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Worship

Blame it on the Sound Guy

During my fifteen plus years on various church staffs, I?ve probably mixed audio for 2,500+ church services and events. No matter if you?re the musician or technician like me, we?re both striving for the end product to be the best it can be. And we both have a vision for how it should sound when […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

All Sons & Daughters – The Longing It seems like yesterday when I gleefully discovered All Sons & Daughters? first EP. I remember thinking to myself, ?These guys are gonna be big.? Not long after, they started touring with Chris Tomlin gaining an even bigger fan base. That shows two things: (1) All Sons & […]

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Leadership

Building a Dream Team

All of us want a great team. That’s a given. The problem is there’s usually either a shortage of good people or a shortage of money to hire those good people. So we’re left dreaming of what we could do “if only?” I know it’s a frustrating place to be. You feel powerless to change […]

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Leadership

Starting from Scratch

Over the last year and a half, the church I?m part of has embarked on a major transition. We began as a twenties ministry called Status about nine years ago, and in July we launched out as a unique expression of the local church called City Beautiful Church. As God took us from one era […]

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Technology

When Nightmares Come True

I was treating it like a typical service, even though we had some special guests.? When I do that, my team performs more consistently. They just do what they always do. But what was about to happen was very unusual. At National Community Church, our Saturday night services are quite unique compared to our other […]

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Technology

Waking Up to Opportunities

I recently got to spend some quality time with some of my peers. It was a chance to learn from each other, encourage each other, and remind us being a technical director in the local church isn?t just for the insane. As my peers each shared the amazing things happening at their churches, I became […]

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Communication & Marketing

Getting Into Their Dreams

The human brain is more active during sleep than when watching television. Think about that for a minute. Your brain has more activity while you’re unconscious than when you’re catching the latest episode of Honey Boo-Boo. Why is this? The answer is simple: imagination. When the brain watches television (or, more precisely, when your eyes […]

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Communication & Marketing

Entertaining Your Message

There is a concept that is often debated in evangelical Christianity ? the presence and role of entertainment in our worship services ? specifically in sermons. There have been numerous blog posts, books, and conferences on the topic. With the mega church movement in western culture, it?s a debate I don?t see going away any […]