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Five Creative Ministry Tips: 01/08/2015 – Five Creative Ministry Tips: 01/08/2015

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!

Organization inspires excellence. Be committed to keeping your tech booth, computer desktops, and media libraries tidy. One recent stat showed that $1 spent towards a mass mailer will reach 19 people, while $1 spent on boosted Facebook posts will reach 353 people.
Great ideas are simply mashups or remixes of one or more previous ideas. Your next big AHA may result from the inspiration you take in today. Avoid an awkward transition from your countdown video by timing its music to end right at 0:00.  It can be tempting to buy cheap gear in the name of stewardship, but a wise steward treats every purchase as an investment in the Kingdom.

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Five Fresh Freebies You’ll Love

Five Fresh Freebies

Below are five freebies that we found around the web this week and thought they could be really useful in your church. Keep in mind that we regularly share freebies like these as we find them on both our Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us! Enjoy!

Just Sayin' Sermon Series Package  Line Motions
Circle Motions LED Rubik Theme Pack Devotional Stock Video

Just Sayin’  //  Sermon Series Package from
Line Motions  //  Motion Backgrounds from Seeds
Circle Motions  //  Motion Backgrounds from Seeds
LED Rubik  //  Theme Pack from Worship House Media
Man & His Devotion  //  Stock Video Clip from Lightstock

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

My Christmas Pre-Service Playlist 2013


Angels We Have Heard On High – Elevation Worship

Jesus Is Alive – Josh Wilson

Born Is The King (It’s Christmas) – Hillsong

Joy To The World – Citizens

The First Noel – Phil Wickham

We Have A Savior – Hillsong

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Marcy Priest

When Hope Came Down – Kari Jobe

The First Noel (Holy Is The Lord) – Hillsong

How Many Kings – Downhere

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Citizens

God With Us – Jeremy Camp

What’s on your pre-service playlist for your Christmas services this year?

Four Reasons Why I Love Service Packs


When it comes to selecting background motions and stills for worship lyrics, there’s a huge number of options to choose from these days. This variety really comes in handy when you’re searching for a specific look, but can be a bit overwhelming at times – especially for beginners. Plus, it’s not always easy to know which backgrounds will work well together. That’s why I’m such a huge fan of Service Packs. They make it super easy to create a consistent theme for your service. I use them close to 90% of the time and here’s four quick reasons why I think they’d work great for your church, too.

1. Content That Plays Well Together – Service Packs take the guess work out of matching colors, tempos, and themes in your visual setlist. By pulling from backgrounds that were created to complement each other, it’s simple to have a clean, put-together look throughout your worship set.

2. The Bonus Content – Cohesion in your Sunday morning media requires more than complementing lyric backgrounds. Every piece of content that’s displayed on your screen should look like it belongs with the others. Service Packs make this really easy with included countdown videos, announcement slides, and stills that can be used when displaying scripture or sermon notes.

3. Volunteers Love Them – When you provide your volunteers with a Service Pack, you’re setting them up for success. Learning is easy as they create visual setlists for services where they (and you) can be confident that your content is going to look good. Plus, choosing one pack is much easier than 5+ random pieces of content out of a media library.

4. Affordable Pricing – It takes money to do ministry, but that doesn’t mean that we should break the bank. Service Packs offer a huge bang for your buck and are affordable on practically every budget. Trust me…your pastor will thank you.

Here are a few of my favorite producers of Service Packs:
Centerline New Media  •  Church Motion Graphics  •  Shift Worship

Service Packs have proven to be a powerful tool for our media ministry. Have you tried them in your church?

Sunday’s Visual Setlist (5/26)


This Sunday, I used some of Centerline’s Holy Week Volume 1 and was really satisfied with the atmosphere that they created. I stuck with my go-to lyric font, Myriad Pro Bold, and used Bebas on our pastor’s sermon slide. Feel free to download the sermon graphic (including background and a blank version) here. This design was based off of another freebie that you can find here, but I decided to use colors that matched our motions for the day.

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What media did you use this weekend?