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Creative

Secrets of Creative Leaders

We polled creative leaders from some of the most creative churches in the US. We wanted to ask them their secrets to effective creativity ? especially as it applies to their churches. Read through these, wrestle with them, and let them challenge the way approach the creative process at your church. Stephen Brewster Creative Arts […]

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Creative

The Appeal of Mystery

The rules of storytelling tell us this: When a sequence of events begins to unfold before us, it naturally piques our curiosity. For instance, if I told you that two weeks ago I was laying in bed, asleep, when I heard a sound coming from my kitchen that sounded like a small animal shuffling across […]

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Creative Social Media

The Secret to Design Zen

We all struggle to find peace in our chaotic lives and schedules ? especially us artists. But the weird thing about artists is that we view the world differently. And though we may not want to admit it, sometimes we thrive in chaos. But even with our unique wiring, we can find ?design zen? ? […]

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Creative

The Generation Gap

My passion is visual worship. I get to travel around the country and help churches use standard projectors as a visual worship tool in their services ? environmental projection. Whenever I start the conversation with churches about incorporating visual worship into their services and on their walls, they always ask the same question: ?Won?t this […]

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Worship

The Secret Power of Words

A few months ago I sat down with one of our pastors to ask how I can be a better worship leader. I wanted to know in what areas I needed to grow. Our conversation was great. But at one point he began sharing how he tends to see weakness in worship leaders in a […]

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Worship

Worship Leader Confidential

I will never forget the terrifying feeling of my first performance conducting the amalgamation of my band with a full orchestra of hired guns as a worship leader back in the early 90?s. We were playing the music of the Michael W. Smith Christmas album with hand-written scores I had obtained by personally calling arranger […]

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Leadership

Revealing New Ideas

People are naturally afraid of new.?Sure, some people like new stuff. Some people want to be on the bleeding edge. But most people are just fine with how things are today, how they will be tomorrow, and how they will end up being later. (Those people don’t usually work in creative arts.) As artists, we […]

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Leadership

Work Less

Work less?! The health of my team is important: spiritually, physically, and relationally. Making sure these areas stay strong not only helps maintain an environment where a creative can grow, but where my entire team can grow. There?s an old adage: You?re only as strong as the weakest link. So the health of my team […]

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Technology

The Secret to Getting New Volunteers

I am blessed to serve at a church that values volunteers. At South Hills, we couldn?t do what we do without our volunteers showing up early and leaving late at night. These true servants do everything from parking cars to holding babies to running presentation software. The jobs are many, but the workers are few. […]

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Technology

Earning the Band’s Respect

There?s an invisible problem in many of our church services. It?s a division that can happen, even in a perfectly executed service. The congregation won?t notice it, and even the pastor might not. But, it?s in the atmosphere; in the relationship between the worship band and the production team. Maybe it started with a misunderstanding […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

Codes and Secret Handshakes

You?ve heard the adage, ?Find a job you love and you?ll never have to work another day in your life.? I want to offer a similar statement: ?Find someone who?s passionate about your cause and you?ll never have to do another marketing campaign again.? Before we go on, let?s get something straight. No matter where […]

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Communication & Marketing

Cutting, Slicing, and Editing

It?s the middle of the night. I?ve found my victim ? the one I?m going to make bleed. He?s young. He just arrived to the party. He?s filled with enthusiasm and ready to make his mark on the world. But we?ll see just how much impact he?ll have when I take my first slice into […]