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Creative

Rebel with a Cause

I was probably eight or nine years old the last season I played baseball. I mostly played the outfield. More accurately, I mostly played in the outfield. Meaning, I?d stand in the outfield and dig holes in the sandy soil between the weeds or daydream about being somewhere else doing something else. One hot, Florida […]

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Creative

Turning Off the Critic

Another Sunday in the books. Four services, thousands of attendees, hundreds of volunteers, even a dozen commitments for Christ, and yet I couldn?t shake this gnawing sense of dissatisfaction. In fact, this aching feeling was becoming common every Sunday night as I drove home tired and spent. For all the effort and all the good, […]

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Creative

Adding Your Signature

I have always had kind of blurry vision, but I never wanted to admit it. Admittedly, it wasn?t that bad; I could still function without any challenges. In fact, it wasn?t until I actually got my first pair of glasses that I realized how bad my vision had been, and how much I had missed […]

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Creative

Championing Atmosphere at Your Church

When you?re working in ministry, it?s very easy to become focused on the big hitters: what songs you?re going to sing, what sermon you?re going to preach, or when the next big event is going to be. Unfortunately, as we put so much emphasis on these few elements, we often neglect one of the most […]

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Worship

How to Make Rehearsals Amazing

One of the fastest ways to improve the quality of your service is to improve your rehearsals. Making a few changes to how you communicate and run rehearsal can make a world of difference. Communicate early, often, and in a language your people speak. We communicate with our team before, during, and after rehearsals. The […]

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Worship

Developing More than the Musician

So much of being a leader is about calling the best out of the people with whom we work or serve. As ministry leaders, we have the responsibility to encourage the best out of our people. This includes helping them grow deeper in their spiritual walk with Christ. It goes without saying that we want […]

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Leadership

Playing it Cool

We were just out of high school and so cool. Our ride was a pristine cherry red Beetle with a white convertible top. It wasn?t spacious, but we didn?t mind squeezing in. We savored the head turning attention as we played it cool cruising the streets. As I?ve pondered those joy rides, it occurs to […]

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Leadership

Growing Love

?Let?s take this time to turn to the person next to you and welcome them to church this morning.? We?ve all heard these words from our pastor as we enter into that ever-awkward greeting time. For some, this might be the opportune time to take that bathroom break or covertly check your phone to avoid […]

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Technology

Rebelling Against Complexity

?Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius ? and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.? – E.F. Schumacher Seven days. That?s how much time we have to develop a new service each week. It?s been said the most challenging part […]

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Technology

Mixing in Fear

I used to call it ?mixing in fear?. We were going through a difficult period in our church, trying to figure out what the ?right? volume was. Our worship leader had one idea of how loud things should be and our pastor had another. It also seemed everyone else in the room had other ideas. […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

The Lies We Tell

Marketing is a funny thing. It requires a particular amount of spin that we have all come to live with, whether you notice it or not. Let’s be honest. Coca-Cola will never bring world peace, a MacBook won?t make everyone cool, and eating at McDonalds is hardly a healthy choice. There is a gap between […]

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Communication & Marketing

The End Result

I saw an ad recently that caught my attention. I watched it several times while I was streaming a TV show on Hulu and thought it was pretty amusing. The commercial was so entertaining that, of course, I wanted to share it with some friends a few days later. Except there was one problem?I couldn’t […]