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Communication & Marketing

Geek or Artist… Quote

“Geek or artist? I believe the line separating the two is disappearing.”?Great quote from Kelvin Co’s article in this issue of Sunday| Mag.

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Creative

The Artist’s Fuel

I love being part of the community of church creatives. I may be biased when I say this, but we creatives are of some of the most fun, talented, and dedicated people. My favorite attribute about our group is generosity. Creatives in ministry are very generous. We have no qualms or restrictions about being openhanded […]

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Creative

The Creative’s Fuel

Do we really get to make art? That?s our gig? If you would have told the 12th grade me that I would get to be creative for a living, I think I would have laughed and kept kicking stones down the sidewalk in my Space Jam Jordans. But now, creativity actually has become our job […]

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Creative

The Unknown Designer

If you?re doing something for the glory and attention, you?re doing something for the wrong reasons. We work in an industry that has a very rare facet to it compared to many others. Many people work all day at a job they?re willing to endure for the sake of payment, in exchange for their time […]

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Creative

Sounding Board

I know many graphic designers. I make it a point to surround myself with amazing artists?like the ones who do the work for Sunday| Mag. (This beauty doesn?t just happen by itself.) I?ve met many, though, who remind me of momma birds giving birth to baby chicks. These momma birds spend hours and hours in […]

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Worship

When You Run Out of Gas

?There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.? These words are so familiar to us from the book of Ecclesiastes (and that great song by The Byrds) they have become part of our cultural lingo, inside and outside the church. It?s not uncommon to hear these words spoken […]

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Worship

Writing Songs that Connect

I used to think that I hated discipline. I’ve never been one to take authority well either. Not to say I was a bad kid, but I’ve always preferred life on my own terms. Songs, it turns out, can be like a stubborn child.?They run around in your head, wake you up in the middle […]

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Leadership

The Atomic Structure of a Leader

One of the dumbest ideas I ever had was a Speed Dating night for our college group. I was the college pastor and I started asking people on the church staff what they thought of it. As you can guess it got mixed reviews. But I got just enough positive feedback to convince me it […]

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Leadership

The Death Grip of Control

There is something special about the feeling of ownership. I vividly remember pulling away from the car lot the day I bought my first car?a 1992 maroon Saturn SL1. I saved diligently for that car, and I felt pride in knowing that it was all mine. I didn?t even care that it lacked air-conditioning, although […]

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Technology

The Powder Keg

So much of what we do as church techs revolves around communication between those we work with and us. Clarity and alignment of the overall vision is key. Unfortunately, techs, pastors, musicians, and even attendees are often on different pages when it comes to what the purpose of any given service or event actually is. […]

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Technology

Christmas Killed the Tech

Cheasters. You know, the people who come to church on Christmas and Easter? It?s the two holidays that people tend to invite family members, friends, and others who would not normally come to church. And those folks show up for one reason or another. One thing that is almost always the case is that there?s […]

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Communication & Marketing

When a Message Catches Fire

Fire. It spreads fast. Recently I trimmed some trees and brush in my back yard and burned the debris. I don’t have a good way to haul tree limbs off or a good place to burn them, so I borrowed my neighbor’s fire pit. You know, the kind made to sit on a patio for […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

The Power of Disconnect

Ministry can be the most fulfilling work ever. But it can also be the most draining, if you let it. About two years ago now I was running a marathon in my ministry-related work. I had been leading communication in churches for over 10 years, had recently resigned from my role at my church, and […]