Five Creative Ministry Tips: 11/06/2014

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Every week, we’re excited to share a five-pack of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry! Each Thursday, we post practical advice on topics such as media, social networking, design, and marketing. While these tips may be simple, they have the potential to radically improve your church. These images are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ready, so help us spread the word by sharing them with your followers!

Motions aren't universal. Choose backgrounds that fit your unique congregation. Consider age and worship style. Highlighting volunteers on your church's social pages is a great way to inspire others to get involved.
All fonts should be legible and appropriate for what you are communicating. "I'm so glad I didn't waste my time proofreading.” (said no one ever) It's impossible to do everything, but you can do a few things really well. Choose your projects carefully and give them your all.

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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?

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/30/2014

TheCreativePastor.com – Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/29/2014

Every week, we’re excited to share a five-pack of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry! Each Thursday, we post practical advice on topics such as media, social networking, design, and marketing. While these tips may be simple, they have the potential to radically improve your church. These images are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ready, so help us spread the word by sharing them with your followers!

Set your computer's wallpaper to black. If your presentation software crashes, your screen will simply look blank rather than showing the error. Asking questions is a great way to spark conversation on your church's social pages.
Use a consistent color scheme across all of your designs. Choose colors that reflect your church's unique personality. When you feel confident in where you're going with the lyrics, you can be proactive with putting them on the screen.  Just because it worked for another church doesn't mean it will work well for yours. Make changes with your specific congregation in mind.

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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”

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/23/2014

TheCreativePastor.com – Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/23/2014

Every week, we’re excited to share a five-pack of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry! Each Thursday, we post practical advice on topics such as media, social networking, design, and marketing. While these tips may be simple, they have the potential to radically improve your church. These images are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ready, so help us spread the word by sharing them with your followers!

Videos are a great way to spice up your services, but they should be used sparingly or they'll lose their effectiveness. One of the best ways to build an online audience is to post meaningful phrases and quotes that people enjoy sharing. Keep it simple. Rather than using two seperate fonts, use different weights of the same font family. Sometimes the best way to market your church is to show people that your congregation is made up of people just like them. Don't be afraid to get teenagers involved on your production team as long as they can be reliable, teachable, and hardworking.

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