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Creative

The Gift of Sharing

How do you give your congregations a gift that?s worth sharing with their friends and family? How do you create memorable experiences that make an impact in people?s minds? Each and every day, thousands create videos, launch websites, plan services, and write sermons. At the heart of every creation is a desire from the Creator […]

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Creative

Creating Life in Your Service

?Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.? – Stella Adler I recently came across this quote from the late, Stella Adler, American actress and acclaimed acting teacher. It forced me to stop and reflect on what it meant for me as a Service Program Director for our […]

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Creative

The Trojan Horse of Freedom

When it comes to creativity and limitations, I think we have it all wrong. As a designer, if you were to ask me how I prefer to work?with no restrictions or within a tight set of guidelines?my natural reaction would be to say, ?Give me freedom!? But practically speaking, that?s probably the worst way to […]

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Creative

Creating with Crayons

I still remember the day I walked into the halls of middle school. I had apprehension and that strange sense of anticipation one only gets when they first walk into a place they know will change them from that moment onward. I recall searching around and soon finding out a new reality that lay within: […]

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Worship

Giving Up Your Weakness

If you?ve been in a leadership position of any kind, I?m sure you’ve had this thought: ?I just can’t do this anymore.??I know in those days and weeks leading up to the end of myself in ministry or relationship, I have felt like there is a slow-moving train headed straight for me that I can’t […]

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Worship

Being Humble But Awesome

Over the past few years we have heard a lot of people talking about how worship leaders should not be rock stars. You have probably even had conversations about it with other worship leaders or members of your team. It is definitely one of the first things that a new team member hears in their […]

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Leadership

Six Gifts Only Leaders Can Give

Leader, you have gifts to give that can revolutionize lives, reshape organizations, and rejuvenate languishing teams. Your most meaningful gifts are those that you can?t touch or see. There?s no wrapping paper involved. It?s about people touching people. And it doesn?t matter your zone of leadership?worship leader, creative director, or team leader. You have the […]

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Leadership

Getting Talented People Involved

“Where do you find good people?” Isn’t that age-old question? Every church, whether big or small,?one-site or multi-site, volunteer or full-time staff, is looking for capable, talented, and hard-working people. So where do these people come from? Or perhaps the better question is, “Can I do anything to attract them?” In my experience the answer […]

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Technology

Do You Have a Poverty Mentality?

There probably isn?t a technical director anywhere in the country who has everything he or she wants. More budget, more gear, more time. More people. If only I could hire a staff person to help me out, things would be better. If only I had more volunteers, then I wouldn?t be so overwhelmed. If I […]

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Technology

The Cancer of Cynicism

It seems inevitable: we?re the first one in, last one out. Every church technical leader can relate. It is our job. Managing details, leading volunteers, and ensuring our gear and systems are in good working condition can be a quite a load to carry. Add anything from a last-minute video request to a full-blown holiday […]

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Communication & Marketing

Selling a Product You Don’t Use

Two years ago I decided to take a step out of doing church work exclusively and picked up a few ?marketplace? clients to test the waters of the corporate world. In a few short months I had picked up a number of great clients and was finding I had great success. After time, though, I […]

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Communication & Marketing

Copycat Communication

Got Jesus? Yo quiero Jesus. Breaking Bad?habits. Do these cheesy marketing ideas that rip off pop culture marketing actually work for the Church? Every day there are thousands of new campaigns, messages, and advertisements competing for our attention. With catchy tunes, witty slogans, and compelling images, why shouldn?t you use the same ideas for your […]