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Six Great Mini-Movies For Thanksgiving Sunday

Six Great Mini-Movies For Thanksgiving Sunday

Thanksgiving Sunday is almost here and these mini-movies will work perfect in your services. Because of all the busyness, cooking, and shopping, it’s easy for this holiday to pass right by without us really taking time to thank God for our many blessings. I’ve found that showing mini-movies like these is the perfect way to inspire your congregation to pause and reflect on the subject.

These are my personal favorites from the large collection over at WorshipHouse. Check them out and tell us in the comments below which is your favorite! Or, if you have another that you’d recommend, let us know!


You can purchase “Give Thanks Worship Intro” here.


You can purchase “Thankful People” here.


You can purchase “A Prayer of Thanksgiving” here.


You can purchase “Messy Blessings” here.


You can purchase “The Cure” here.


You can purchase “Give Thanks” here.

12 Gifts For Every Church Creative’s Wishlist

TheCreativePastor.com – 12 Gifts For Every Church Creative's Wishlist

1. Space Bar (Monitor stand + 6-port USB hub) – $99.99

Space Bar: Monitor stand + 6-port USB hub

2. Created For More (By Jonathan Malm) – $9.01

Created For More (By Jonathan Malm)

 3. Decoded (13″ Leather Slim Cover for MacBook Air) – $99.99

Decoded 13" Leather Slim Cover for MacBook Air

4. MOS Spring Cables (Lightning & Micro USB) – $30.00

MOS Spring Cables (Lightning & Micro USB)

5. Sennheiser CX 215 (Earphones) – $39.99

Sennheiser Headphones

6. Olloclip (Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens For iPhone 5) – $99.99

Olloclip (Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens For iPhone 5)

7. Tile (App-based Location Device) – $20.00

Tile

 8. Cordito (Leather Cord Organizer) – $40.00

 Cordito (Leather Cord Organizer)

9. PowerCurl (MacBook Power Cord Wrap) – $9.99

PowerCurl (MacBook power cord wrap)

10. The GaffGun (Genius Gaff Tape Applicator) – $199.99


You can find the GaffGun here.

11. Converge (4-port USB Charging Station) – $69.99

Converge (4-port USB charging station)

12. Mophie Space Pack (iPhone 5S Case, Battery, + Storage) – $149.95

Mophie Space Pack (iPhone 5S Case With Battery + Storage)

What’s on your wish list? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Things To Remember When Service Goes South

TheCreativePastor.com – 5 Things To Remember When Service Goes South

We’ve all been there.

You plan all week for Sunday’s service to be an incredible experience. Your worship team rehearses their songs. Your pastor writes a carefully thought-out message. Your media team prepares lyrics, backgrounds, and sermon slides.

But what happens when, despite all of this preparation, your Sunday service doesn’t go as planned? What do you do when mistakes happen? What do you do when your service goes south?

On Sunday, I faced this head on. While each of our teams had done their homework during the week, something just wasn’t clicking for us. Several production volunteers called out sick last minute. We had a few issues with our sound equipment. The computer running our click track acted buggy throughout the entire worship set. Despite going through two proofreaders, we had a major typo in our sermon slides. (And yes, it was displayed on the screen for all of our audience to see.)

And, in what might be added to the list of most horrifying theater church stories, the audio from the movie previews started playing……mid-sermon.

As you can imagine, at the conclusion of service, I was feeling extremely discouraged.

It was a bad day. Except…I found out that it really wasn’t.

Shortly after service, a first time guest left this message on our church’s Facebook:

I have to say, for the first time in my life I actually heard God speak to me today. I needed that more than anything. Thank you for your wonderful message today!

Only a few moments later, I received word that five people had marked on their connect card that they had made decisions for Christ in that service.

It was then that I was reminded that we play only a small part in peoples’ lives being changed on Sundays. While we seek to create experiences that point people towards God, it’s still ultimately Him who touches hearts.

I walked away from this experience being confident in five things. Not only will I remember them the next time Sunday doesn’t go quite as planned, but I encourage you to do the same.

1. It’s Never As Bad As You Imagine

While you know and understand all of the intricate details of your service, most of your congregation doesn’t. You may walk away with a list of ten mistakes, while your audience only really noticed one or two.

2. It Happens To Everyone

Everyone has bad days. Everyone. I’ve visited some of the largest, fastest growing churches in America and witnessed major fumbles. Mistakes are a part of life. You’re in good company.

3. You’re Better Than You Feel Right Now

When we make mistakes, we tend to start thinking irrationally. We immediately feel embarrassed and our insecurities begin to kick in. It’s important to remember that you’re still awesome at what you do. Just because you have a bad Sunday doesn’t mean you have a bad team. Or church. Or life.

4. Great Things Can Still Happen

Despite our many fumbles, amazing things still happened in that service. People connected with God in a big way. That’s what’s important. What positives can you find in your service that didn’t go exactly as planned? Were lives impacted? Did people hear about Jesus? Was there still life-giving community?

5. Next Sunday Is Coming

When you have a service that goes south, you have two options. You can wallow in your failure and stay where you’re at OR you can pick yourself up and try again. Use each of your mistakes as a tangible way to make improvement. Next Sunday, your audience will be back. Will you make the same mistakes again?

8 Social Media Posts Your Church Should Try

TheCreativePastor.com – 8 Social Media Posts Your Church Should Try

Since social media has become a part of the daily lives of so many people, there is such an incredible opportunity for the local church to use this tool for outreach. In fact, because it’s a part of people’s daily routines, it’s really the perfect tool for connecting with people throughout the week.

I love using social media in our ministry because it’s not only a chance to show people outside our congregation what we’re all about, but it gives our church family something to get excited about Monday through Saturday. And, when your congregation is excited about church, they’re much more likely to spread the word to their friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

When it comes to getting started with social media, one of the hardest tasks is coming up with what to actually say. So, to make things easier for you to begin posting, here are eight kinds of social media posts that have worked well for our church. We use these images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would also encourage you that you do not have to use images. It may be a great option for you to start by using text posts to get things off of the ground.

Have you used any of these posts at your church? Do you have any others that you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

1. The “Sermon Quote”

2. The “#SundaySetlist”

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3. The “Meet Our Team”

4. The “Sunday’s Coming”

5. The “Inspirational Phrase”

6. The “Team Selfie”

7. The “#LyricsFromSunday”

8. The “Event Recap”

8 Essentials For Every Church Production Team

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More than ever, I have a huge heart for church production teams. Every week, I receive emails from our readers with questions not about the technical side of this ministry, but on topics such as building teams, inspiring change, and avoiding burnout.

It’s almost like the technology is secondary compared to the ongoing personal and relational struggles that come with church production. I’ve observed this is my own ministry, as well. Only about 20% of my time is spent on equipment. The rest is focused on making myself better, building relationships, and keeping our team ready for Sunday.

With all of this in mind, I’ve come up with eight essential tips that work to support these areas. While you won’t find tips here that directly improve your actual production, if you put these into practice, I can guarantee that you will get better every week. In fact, I would be willing to bet that you’ll even walk away feeling more whole and satisfied after each service.

1. Set Yourself Up For A Win

Show up earlier than everyone else. Give yourself enough time to have your area prepared and ready to go before your worship team takes the stage. This will give you the opportunity to work out any glitches and still have time to make improvements.

2. Know Your Environment

Every room is different and comes with unique pros and cons. The key is to use the tools available to you as best as you can to make that room engaging for people. Know your limitations and continually test them.

3. Be Confident In Your Setlist

Whether you’re running sound, lyrics, or lighting, it’s vital that you know the songs that your worship team is singing in service. You’ll have the confidence to act faster when you know what’s coming next. I’ve noticed that this significantly cuts down on stress, as well.

4. Don’t Miss The Big Things Due To Little Things

It’s easy to become so preoccupied with fixing one element (changing lyric fonts, adjusting LED color, enhancing the tone of one microphone) that you neglect making the whole system work together. Focus on the big picture, because it’s likely that most people won’t even notice that tiny detail.

5. Look Up Often

Don’t bury your head in your computer or console. Look up at your audience, gauge their response, and respond accordingly. Don’t become so focused on your particular area that you miss what God is doing around you. Be aware of what’s happening with your team members working alongside you, as well.

6. Do What’s Right For Your Congregation

Industry standards won’t always work for your church family. You may have to make your lyrics slightly larger or reduce your volume, for example. Just because something works in other churches doesn’t mean it will work for you.

7. Step Out of the Booth (and Your Comfort Zone)

Production Team members are often characterized as introverts, but it’s so important to connect with other people in church! Build relationships and trust with your team and leaders. Chat with the musicians and singers before service begins. We’re all better together.

8. Approach Services Prayerfully

Want to know how to give your production team an edge? Pray. Ask God to use you in the service to do more than project lyrics, run sound, or operate lights. Pray that He’ll help you to create a distraction-free environment of life-change.

Do you have any other essentials that you would add to the list?