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Creative

The Broken Artist

New art is created. In February 2010, my aging mother began complaining of stomach pains and other abdominal issues that were making her life uncomfortable. She visited our family doctor on several occasions, but they offered no definitive diagnosis. She began losing weight quite rapidly, so we admitted her into the largest hospital in town. […]

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Creative

Fracturing the Creative Process

It was 2am. I was writing pages and pages about an idea that jolted me awake. It was brilliant. The next day I would dazzle the staff with my insight and creativity. My moment came. The floor was open for new ideas. But something held me back. What if my fellow church staff members didn?t […]

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Creative

Breaking Free from the Rut

The life of an artist is unpredictable. It’s like a roller coaster ride at times. There are days you feel full of inspiration; where you feel like a design super hero, wearing a Photoshop cape, and conquering the world with your color choice and innovation. But then there are times when it just doesn’t seem […]

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Creative

What Your Pastor Wants

Every job has its challenges. For those in the creative realm, sometimes the hardest part isn’t actually creating something. It’s trying to figure out what someone else wants you to create. If you do design for a church, you already know the drill. The pastor has an amazing and powerful idea for a sermon series, […]

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Worship

Breaking Band

A few weeks ago, the shrieking cries of hipsters all around the world rang out as they learned “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” had caused The Civil Wars to abandon their touring plans. Heartbreak. Something broke the band. Ever been a participant in a band breakup? The only thing worse than the impact […]

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Worship

Breaking Free from the Norm

It?s a real challenge for any local church leader to stay fresh. My dad calls it ?beautifying the basics?. It?s the leader?s task to make old things new, just as God makes old things new. He makes the new dawn as beautiful as the last ? yet unique ? and there?s nothing older than the […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

Jesus Culture – Live from New York After a brief hiatus from Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala during the Emerging Voices album, they?re back with an all-new live recording featuring former Deliriou5? frontman Martin Smith. This particular release features some incredible worship songs like ?Show Me Your Glory?, ?Holy Spirit?, and ?Set a Fire?. If […]

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Leadership

When Trust is Broken

Most church people take their Christmas production very seriously. At The Oaks, as Christmas approached, the excitement and buzz around what to expect for the year?s Drummer Boy presentation was palpable. My first Christmas as Creative Director at The Oaks, I decided to stir things up with what I thought was a brilliant idea?and I […]

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Leadership

Making Volunteers Feel Valuable

As a little girl, my church was the incubator in which I first developed my leadership muscles. I braved the stage to sing ?special music?. I gave my first piano recital. I single-handedly created the summer VBS program. I spoke to our high school youth group, and I led my peers in the annual candy […]

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Technology

Breaking the Bank

How do you get the decision makers to free up money for new gear? Upgrade time is always one of those bittersweet things. On one hand, excitement builds as you dream of all the new and exciting ways you?ll be able to do ministry with new gear. On the other hand, when a large amount […]

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Technology

The Danger of Disengagement

For the last 28 years, most of my worship experiences have been from behind an audio console or a director?s station; standing on a camera platform, or from some other technical position. One of my primary pathways to connect with God has always been through serving the Church through technical ministry. I don?t do very […]

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Communication & Marketing

Breaking the Guest Experience

We can all agree on the number of ministry areas in the church that are needed and important ? including children?s ministry, student ministry, music, and preaching. But what if the church is overlooking one very crucial are of ministry? What if I told you about one area of focus that could make or break […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

What Your Community Wants to Read

Social mediums like Twitter and Facebook have been around for a while, but many churches are still struggling with how to use them well. There may be a few churches who excel in this area, but most have yet to really engage online with their congregation and community in a meaningful way. The purpose of […]