WMC Podcast – 0143 – Jonathan Malm – (Part 2 of 2)
Nov25

WMC Podcast – 0143 – Jonathan Malm – (Part 2 of 2)

Interview with Jonathan Malm In this episode we get to finish up our discussion with Jonathan Malm, and we get to talk about his newest book, Unwelcome. If you’re unfamiliar with it, you can go head over to his page and check it out. Jonathan shares with us some practical insights on how to make your church more welcoming to those who may not be familiar with you or your church. If you don’t think you’re familiar...

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WMC Podcast – 0141 – Jonathan Malm (Part 1 of 2)
Nov18

WMC Podcast – 0141 – Jonathan Malm (Part 1 of 2)

Interview with Jonathan Malm In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Jonathan Malm. If you’ve been on any worship site, podcast or blog lately, you’ve come across his name! This guy is everywhere. We don’t know how he does it! As you listen to this part 1 of our discussion, you’ll find out why he’s so popular. He’s not only creative, but he’s got a great heart and his...

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The Creation Emancipation – Free eBook Download
Nov14

The Creation Emancipation – Free eBook Download

The Creation Emancipation – Free ebook! We are excited to share with you, for the very first time, the brand new eBook, “The Creation Emancipation.” What is it about? We’re glad you asked! It’s a plea for creativity in the local church. As you know, that’s what drives us, the local church. There is so much potential in the local church, and we’re afraid it’s being lost. How? Well, you’ll have to read the book. But, what we want you to...

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5 Tips for Leading Worship In a Rapidly Changing World
Oct20

5 Tips for Leading Worship In a Rapidly Changing World

As I’ve said in the past, we often wake up to a world that has changed over night. I was looking back through some of my posts from a few years ago, and it was kind of comical to think back through some of the transitions we (as a culture) have had in the past few years. I remember back in the day that we actually had our own social network on Ning. Those were the days. When we started WMC, the iPhone had just come out less than...

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Focus – A communion Idea – A set of High Resolution Images
Oct17

Focus – A communion Idea – A set of High Resolution Images

This is an idea I used for communion a while ago, it would also work for a worship starter or sermon illustration… As we think about communion, the point is to remember. We need to remember what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It’s an amazing story and an amazing sacrifice. Without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we have nothing. The cross must be central to our churches, our worship and our communion. However,...

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Acts 2 to U2 – What is the Purpose of the Church and How Do We Get Back?
Jan29

Acts 2 to U2 – What is the Purpose of the Church and How Do We Get Back?

(Yes I realize U2 isn’t the chart-topping machine they used to be, but I like the alliteration and what not…) In episode 0124 of the podcast, we talked about the purpose of the church and how it affects our worship ministry. I wanted to follow up that episode in hopes to get some conversation going about how we should be doing church as opposed to how we are doing church. What is the Purpose of Church? When we look at the...

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WMC-0117 – Interview with Dan Stevers, Part 2 of 2
Sep04

WMC-0117 – Interview with Dan Stevers, Part 2 of 2

Thanks for listening to the second part of our interview with Dan Stevers. Make sure to check out his website at www.danstevers.com and follow him on twitter.If you missed the first part, make sure to check it out here. We talk about some of the nitty gritty of doing mini-movies for worship services and church use. We also get to know a little about Dan and his journey into doing video for his church, as well as getting some great,...

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WMC-0116 – Interview with Dan Stevers, Part 1 of 2
Aug24

WMC-0116 – Interview with Dan Stevers, Part 1 of 2

Thanks so much for tuning into the first part of this two part interview with Dan Stevers. If you don’t know about Dan or his work, make sure to check out his website at www.danstevers.com and follow him on twitter. We talk about some of the nitty gritty of doing mini-movies for worship services and church use. We also get to know a little about Dan and his journey into doing video for his church, as well as getting some great,...

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16 quotes from Tribes
Jul06

16 quotes from Tribes

Okay, I know most of you probably read this book a few years ago, but I’m just now getting to it. If you haven’t read it, here are a few quotes that might wet your appetite to go out and get it. (Tribes by Set Godin) “When you fall in love with ‘the system,’ you lose the ability to grow.” “Ordinary thinking and ordinary effort are almost never enough to generate leadership.” “The...

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Got Cliche?
Oct25

Got Cliche?

Not too long ago, I was driving and saw a bumper sticker that was “borrowing” from the very popular “Got Milk” ad campaign. It said “Got Hope.” It was a political bumper sticker, and it drove me nuts. Not because of the political agenda, but for two other reasons. The first being it was an idea that got burned into the ground a few years ago. The times are different, the message should be too. But...

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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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