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Creative Ministry Toolbox: ProPresenter 5

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Creative Ministry Toolbox is a new, weekly segment that highlights one of our favorite tools that we use in the creative department of our church. Have a resource worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below!

One of the most frequent questions that we get at TCP is also one of the easiest to answer.

What presentation software do you use?

PowerPoint all the way. If it was good enough for Jesus in the 90’s, surely it’s good enough for him today.

Of course, I’m kidding.

pro5_overviewChurch presentation software (CPS) has come so much further than PowerPoint would ever allow. And if there is one that outshines them all, it’s ProPresenter.

I’ve had the privilege of working with every CPS available. Whether you’re projecting song lyrics, displaying sermon points, or playing videos, ProP is going to do it better than any other piece of software. I’ve used it in small venues like youth groups, Sunday morning services of all sizes, and even large conferences of up to 20,000 attendees. It’s worked great for me everywhere.

Here’s three reasons why we’d recommend it for any church:

IT’S RELIABLE. You can be confident that ProPresenter is going to work as hard as you do to make Sunday morning great. In fact, it’s one of the most dependable pieces of software that I’ve ever used.

IT’S POWERFUL. I put ProPresenter through the ringer on Sundays and it’s fully capable of keeping up. It has seamless transitions, plays just about any format of media, and has the smoothest playback you’ll find.

IT’S SIMPLE. While it performs like a professional product, it’s very easy to use. I’ve trained volunteers to run a service in a matter of minutes and to create high-quality presentations in less than 30 minutes.

Check out all of the ProPresenter 5 features here.

Version 5, their latest release, is available on the Renewed Vision website for $399 for a single license or $799 for a site license. Keep in mind that you’ll only need the site license if you plan on running ProP on multiple computers at the same time.

For example, you could legally install it on both your pastor’s laptop and the church’s presentation computer with the single license. But, if you wanted to use ProP in the main auditorium and your kid’s ministry at the same time on Sundays, you’d need the site license.

TCP Tip: All of my ProPresenter enthusiasm is strictly directed towards the Mac-based software. If you’ve got an Apple Computer and ProP, you can take on the world. However, in my opinion, you will not get the same experience with the Windows-based version. For PC’s, I’d recommend something like MediaShout, though this will nowhere compare to the performance of the ProPresenter/Mac combo.

What church presentation software do you use?

8 Things To Remember As You Prepare For Easter

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Easter Sunday is less than a week away and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. We all understand that making a good impression on visitors is crucial and that it’s important to communicate the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars. But I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that this week can be really rough on the people working behind the scenes. Because there’s so much emphasis placed on this one Sunday, there’s a lot of pressure to strive for perfection and do extraordinary things, all while still finding time to do all of your normal, weekly duties. It can be downright exhausting.

Here are eight things to keep in mind during this hectic season:

1. Your hard work is worth it.

The hours that you’re pouring into making this service special are so important. Easter Sunday matters because people matter. Each individual who walks through those doors on Sunday was created by God with a purpose. Your hard work and dedication are leading the way for them to connect with the risen Savior.

2. Going the extra mile can make all the difference.

No matter your role in Sunday’s service, give it all you’ve got. When we give our best, we can have confidence that we’ve done our part and that the rest is up to God. Remember that even the smallest detail of a service could be the one thing that stands out to someone; the thing that keeps them coming back to hear more about Jesus.

3. Easter Sunday is important, but so is your family.

This is where it gets tricky. Yes, it’s important to work hard and give our best to make Sunday great. But, we have a responsibility to our family that should always come before the church. In the midst of the craziness, make sure that you’re connecting with them. Be intentional to show love to your spouse. Spend some quality time with your kids. Be careful that this doesn’t become the most dreaded week of the year for them.

4. Two is better than one.

The more people that you can get involved in your Easter service, the better. Not only will it take some of the pressure off of you, but it also helps to get more people to attend your big service. Experts say that you can expect four additional people in attendance for every person involved in an event. For example, if you have 25 people involved, you can expect them to attract 100 friends and family members. Even if it’s a small task, get people plugged in.

5. Everything cannot be perfect.

This is always a tough one for me. I’m all about striving for excellence in everything that we do, but you just can’t do it all. Rather than stretching yourself thin with a long list of projects, focus on a few things and give them all you’ve got. Place your emphasis on the projects that will make the biggest impact on your crowd and are the most noticeable.

6. No matter how hard you try, something is still going to go wrong.

Expect problems to occur – that’s simply the nature of Sunday morning. No matter how many times you rehearse, proofread, or practice, mistakes are going to happen. This is especially true when you’re working with technology. ProPresenter may crash in the middle of service. A microphone may malfunction mid-song. Stuff happens and it’s out of your control. Expect it and prepare for a quick comeback.

7. The power of God is not limited by your budget.

No matter the size of your church, you have to work within a budget. Some budgets are smaller than others, but we all wish we could spend more than they allow. This is a good thing – our dreams should always exceed our budgets. Keep in mind that the power of God far exceeds anything that you could purchase to make your service great. Use what He’s given you to its fullest potential and let Him cover the rest.

8. Jesus wants to connect with you.

In the midst of all of this work for God, we often forget to connect with God. You’re at your best when you’re in communion with Him and you need Him in this season. Be intentional about seeking Jesus in this week leading up to Easter. Remember that this is all about Him. This Resurrection Sunday, let us lead the way in having an authentic relationship with the risen Savior.

 

Introducing The “Shift Media Creator” App

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Unknown-1Our friends over at Shift Worship made a big announcement this week that I believe is going to make a huge impact in the Church Media world. With the release of their “Shift Media Creator” app, you’re able to create custom, high-quality motions right from your iPhone. I downloaded this $5.99 app to check it out for myself and it far exceeded my expectations. No matter the size of your church or budget, this is a must-have for your ministry. The ability to create custom backgrounds for your services so easily is huge.

“You could keep finding worship media the way you’ve always done it. Search. Sort. Search some more. Or you could use that powerful, high-end camera you’ve got in your pocket to shoot exactly the image you want, quickly and easily make it exactly the right size – and make it gorgeous – before sending it straight to your ShiftWorship account to download into your software.

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it puts all the creative power right in your hands. Worship media will never be the same.”

Find out more about Shift Media Creator here.

What do you think about this app? Will you download it?

Free Motion of the Month – April 2014

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This month, we’ve partnered with the good folks over at Shift Worship to bring you an awesome motion for your Easter service. It comes from their new Lightburst collection that’s a recent favorite of mine. Be sure to check out their All Access Pass for more motions like these at a great price!

This freebie is only available for the month of April 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and Still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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Twelve Awesome Easter Freebies

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Easter Sunday is almost here and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. Making a good impression on visitors is crucial and communicating the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars makes a huge difference. To keep you lookin’ good for your big service, we searched all over the web for the latest and greatest free resources for the holiday. Check them out below and spread the word!

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Have you found any other cool Easter freebies? Share them with us in the comments below!