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Using Motions To Create Engaging Atmospheres

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Do you have “specials” as a part of your Sunday service? For our church, this is often a member of our Worship Team singing a song that isn’t a part of our normal repertoire. This may have something to do with the weekend message or it may just speak to the Body in the particular season that we’re in. Specials don’t stop there, though. In Andy Stanley’s latest book, Deep & Wide, he speaks about his church using special skits and interviews as methods of creating a tension that his sermon can address.

Regardless of the “special” that you have planned for this Sunday, have you considered what you’ll have on your screen during these moments? Since I try to avoid blank screens as much as possible, up until recently, I had trained my media team to default to our church logo in these times. But then I considered the power of using motions to create an engaging atmosphere during specials. (Or at any other part of your service for that matter.) Here’s a couple ideas of how you could make this happen in your services.

During Special Songs
Because our church normally uses songs in these moments to speak to the congregation rather than necessarily getting them involved, I often won’t display the lyrics on our screens. For us, it’s more important that they feel the song rather than know every exact word. In cases where we would like the crowd to sing along, we’ll display key parts of the lyrics such as the chorus or ending. But most importantly, I like to set the tone of the stage by using a motion that coordinates with the mood of the song. (You’ve probably seen this done at concerts, award shows on TV, or American Idol.) You’ll be surprised how much this added visual really takes the song to another level. A logo just doesn’t compare!

During Skits/Spoken Word
It’s important during spoken word and skits to keep the audience’s attention on the talent, but you can really set the mood for their performance by using a background motion. Be sure to do your homework, though. While you can find the tempo of a special song with just a trip to iTunes, you’ll want to meet with your drama team to coordinate the right media for their moment. Yes, this does require more work, but the results can be incredible. You’ll be glad you put in the extra effort.

Overall, this concept isn’t something revolutionary or extremely out of the box. It does, however, point back to the powerful idea that visuals connect with people. So why not give it a try? Are there times in your service where adding a visual would create a greater connection with your audience? What kind of “specials” do you do on Sunday mornings?

WHM’s Twelve Days of Freebies 2012

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Every year, the crew over at Worship House Media fills our December with twelve days of free media just as a ‘thank you’ during the Christmas season. I’ve always said WHM is like the Walmart of church media—they’ve got just about every producer and video that can be found. Be sure to visit their site each of the following days so that you can rack up on these great giveaways!

Check out all of the freebies here!

Free E-Book – Stage Design Starter Kit

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Have you heard of ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com? If not, prepare for some intense inspiration for making your church’s stage design look awesome! Jonathan Malm has done an excellent job of creating a one-stop shop that does much more than just show you really cool stages, but also gives instruction on how you can make it happen in your own church. You’ll also find on each of the posted designs an estimated cost which is really helpful in deciding which look is right for you.

Jonathan recently put together a really great e-book that teaches how you can get started with church stage design and I knew our TCP readers would benefit from it. It’s got five easy starter designs, as well as some general lighting info. The best part is that it’s absolutely free!

Click here to download your own free copy!

Twelve Days of Freebies

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Every year, the crew over at Worship House Media fills our December with twelve days of free media just as a ‘thank you’ during the Christmas season. I’ve always said WHM is like the Walmart of church media—they’ve got just about every producer and video that can be found on their site. Be sure to visit their site each of the following days so that you can rack up on these great freebies. To kick it off, they’ve got a great mini-movie from Floodgate Productions.

Check out all of the freebies here!

Freebie: “Trust” Kid’s Song Track

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Be sure to grab this great song track from Worship House Kids that will work great in your children’s ministry! This FREE video comes with three versions: Full, Instrumental, and Split Track.

Download It Here!