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Creative

The End of the World

Are you a Christian artist, or an artist who is a Christian? It?s a debate in the Church. Some people feel pretty strongly about one side of the debate or the other. Regardless, God?s providence works through everything?especially art. I have learned that God wants art to flourish?even art for art’s sake. Robert Shaw, renowned […]

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Creative

Scheduling Creativity

There’s a tension that all of us face when it comes to doing creative work. It’s the tension that exists between our ideas (or the lack thereof) and our deadlines. I think we’ve all been there before. I know I certainly have. Sunday’s looming and you haven’t the slightest idea of what you’re going to […]

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Creative

The End of Obvious

There is an interstate that runs in pretty much a straight line all the way across South Dakota?Interstate 90. It is as unending as it is uninteresting, at least if you are interested in scenery beyond vast tracts of farmland. This half-day trip is only slightly superior to driving across Kansas, punctuated by the occasional […]

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Creative

Fight for Your Work

Make the logo bigger. Use this picture I found on Google. Make it look like this movie. Add my picture to it. Make it pop more. Every artist has been there. It?s frustrating. It feels demoralizing and disrespectful of your abilities and is an ingredient for tension between you and your pastor. So what do […]

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Worship

The End of an Era

Today, I am writing to you from the future. Your future, to be exact. It isn?t exactly what you are expecting or planning for it to be, but it is good. Should I mention that you are no longer wearing skinny jeans? Bell bottoms are back in and, being the trend-setter that you are, you […]

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Worship

Dealing with Irresponsibility

Question? how do you deal with a brilliant but irresponsible musician? The absurdity! Musicians are always on time, always responsible. They?re never forgetful and never indulge in the tempting things of life. Never. Right? Well? Often with brilliant artistry comes weakness in other areas. It might be time management, might be pride or ego, or […]

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Leadership

The End of Yelling

Steve Jobs, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, and Jack Welch. All successful. Very visionary and competitive leaders. And every one with a well-documented reputation of raising their voices?strongly. Yes, they yelled, and it was a big part of their style. Turn to ESPN any evening and you will find famous coaches from every sport yelling at […]

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Leadership

Freedom from Volunteers

Most of us decided to work for a church because we get to do what we love and we get to do it for a greater purpose?sharing the gospel and changing people?s lives through our craft and art. Our church hired us primarily because of the creative and technical skillset we bring to the table. […]

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Technology

Leading Worship from the Booth

When I was a younger version of my tech self, I spent a lot of time serving the needs of those around me. I felt like my role was to facilitate the ministry of other people. And from a production stand point, the majority of my energy was used up trying to get out of […]

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Technology

An Introduction to Untrained Volunteers

Most church tech teams run on volunteers. Finding, training, and retaining those volunteers is one of the hardest things technical leaders have to do. And once we find someone who expresses an interest in joining the team, how to we get them engaged? It?s pretty rare we find someone who already has experience in live […]

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Communication & Marketing

The End of Budget ? Cutting the Right Corners

?We?ve got to do a lot more with a whole lot less budget?? I?m sure I?m not the first one to receive those marching orders. They?re the ones I received last fall, as our Executive Team was deep into the throws of the budgeting process. It would be nice to have unlimited resources at our […]

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Communication & Marketing

Weak Point, Yell

You?ve heard the story about the old hellfire and brimstone preacher, right? The one who would write, ?Weak point, yell,? on his sermon outline every week? It?s worth a few laughs, but in reality, countless church leaders are doing precisely this to their congregation and community every single day?through social media. When you neglect to […]