Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little
Jul08

Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little

I just finished up another book from Dr. John Maxwell. If you’ve followed me for long, you know I’m a fan of his, and have read and recommended many of his books to you. This book was great on a few different levels so I wanted to take just a minute to share my thoughts with you in case you hadn’t heard about it. (Or in case you had heard about it, but weren’t sure it was for you.) First, it’s not just a...

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Photographic Team
Jun29

Photographic Team

A while ago, I wrote a post about how I have done photographic teams at churches. I put a lot of practical advice in there for running the team. Today, I wanted to focus in on one aspect of the Photographic team, and that is the Sermon Photography/Stock Photography aspect. We live in a Graphic Design World. And one thing that many graphic designers need/use regularly are images that are isolated. Let’s say for instance your...

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Creativity the missing pieces(s) – Part 3 – picking the team
May25

Creativity the missing pieces(s) – Part 3 – picking the team

In case you missed them (because it’s been a really long time since I wrote them) here are the first two articles in the series: Part 1, Part 2. In this article, I wanted to address the topic of choosing the team. There are a couple of issues to think about before you pick your team. It’s hard to lead creative people. If you’ve never spent a lot of time with creative type, you may not know, but doing so can be an...

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Why Sermons? If Jesus came today would he preach?

I know that I’m walking a tight-rope with this post, but it’s something I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about (as with worship services in general). (This post is only meant to invoke thought, not bash sermons.) I know the history. I know that Jesus taught. I know that Peter and Paul and others preached. But why sermons? Why the passive listening? Do we actually learn from sermons anymore? Are that many...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0038 – Flow

Do you know what I’m talking about? You know….(long awkward pause)…. quiet song …… (long awkward pause with weird, random instrument noises) …. Loud song (scared to death from the shock of the loud sound, heart rate jumps through the roof). ….. beuler….beuler…. Etc. Picking up from last week’s episode we’re talking once again about creativity, and specifically about how...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0037 – Creativity

Routine, Rut, habit, pattern, whatever you like to call it, we all get into them. Well, this week, we’re trying to Bust Out. Not necessarily on the podcast, but in our Worship Services. Have you found yourself there? You want to be creative, you want to do things that people aren’t expecting, and you want to do things that will inspire people to keep coming back. And yet, for some reason, we keep doing the same old thing....

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Creativity Takes Patience, Silence, Time, and …

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Creativity lately. I know that many of you are a part of creative teams at your churches and you all have your own process for how come to your end result. I’ve been wanting to write what I know about how to utilize creativity in the local church, and have had trouble narrowing down the ideas, so I just decided to start writing and work it out along the way. First, let’s start...

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5 Elements of a great song – Chris from Canada

I just found a great article over on Chris’s page. Here’s the link: http://www.chrisfromcanada.com/?p=1033 Here are some of the highlights from the article: 12:37 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #1 Define Your Purpose 12:38 Chris – ‘Songs that have universal appeal fall in to that trap. They have no specific purpose and no specific meaning.’ 12:40 Chris – Lots of worship songs are filled with...

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