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Creative

Making Connections

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty?because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because?they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.? -?Steve Jobs When I was a […]

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Creative

Why Your Message Missed

As church communicators, I believe it?s fair to think of what we do as aiming at targets. Artists are often free to sit down at a canvas, piano, or Pages document and just let it flow?whatever comes out is what comes out?but your job probably doesn?t work that way. Mine doesn?t. Instead, we spend our […]

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Creative

Connect with the Now

I was working with a church not too long ago, helping them with an environmental projection installation for their main worship center. We partnered with a local audio/visual supplier helping them connect the dots of all the technology during the installation process. I spent three consecutive weekends with this community leading up to Easter. I […]

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Creative

When It’s Okay to Break the Rules

You can?t successfully break rules without knowing they exist. You most certainly can?t break them with any kind of intentionality or purpose until you know?why?they exist. Rules exist to protect us. Stop signs exist to protect cars (and people) from each other. Speed limits are rules of the land that are decided and agreed upon […]

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Worship

Connecting the Older Generation

More and more we?re seeing conversations around age and worship leaders. We have come through the worship wars, most churches have picked their camp, and now the young punks who were pushing their way forward are in their 30s and 40s. Contemporary worship leaders are the new song leaders and have become? traditional. As the […]

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Worship

Right People, Right Fit

The basic principles of team building are the same in every context. No matter if you are leading worship with a volunteer band or managing a million dollar business, there are similar approaches. Jim Collins, in his well-known book ?Good to Great? uses the analogy of a bus when describing teams. On his metaphorical bus, […]

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Leadership

Developing the Right Networking Skills

I’m pretty terrible at networking. When it comes to music and technology, I’m usually an early adopter. However, when it comes to branching out into new relationships, I’m like my Grandma Evelyn who still pays for CARMENfan6127@aol.com. As fulfilling as my relationships are, I’m often a skeptic on the front end. Heck, I dread meeting […]

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Leadership

Safety, Structure, and Red Tape

Structure is a word that inevitably hovers around discussions about Church today. For some, there is not enough structure. Structure improves, streamlines, amplifies, and expands what God is doing in a community of faith. More structure, better delivered is the future many leaders desire. For others, however, structure is suffocating. It prevents the Spirit moving. […]

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Technology

Connect with Your Gear

When I first started my personal blog, I was obsessed with writing about the latest and greatest stuff on the market. At that point in time, I was only mixing smaller format shows and didn?t have the slightest concept of lighting or video?except that I knew I was interested in it. Because of my personality, […]

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Technology

Mind Your Transitions

Train wreck. Car crash. Awkward moment. Bumpy ride. Kludge. These are just some of the phrases many a technical professional has uttered under their breath during an event that is going, shall we say, not so smoothly. I have been a part of, as well as witness to, many events that had very bad transitions. […]

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Communication & Marketing

Connecting with Your Community

When I worked full-time on a church staff doing communications, we were always trying to find a better way to spread the word about our organization and the initiatives we started. We found that the best way to market an event, program, or organization is to mobilize our community as a marketing tool. Having a […]

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Communication & Marketing

Word-of-Mouth Marketing

I’ve got good news and bad news. Whether you?re a pastor, communications director, or ministry leader, you have a role to play when it comes to marketing. Marketing doesn’t have to be an ugly or secular word. It’s simply sharing next steps and opportunities for your church to engage in.[quote]Marketing doesn’t have to be an […]