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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?

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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Five Tricks To Click With Confidence

Five Tricks To Click With Confidence

Projecting worship lyrics on Sundays may not be the most exciting part of Church Media, but there’s no doubt that it’s important. It plays into what I consider one of the most essential responsibilities of the local church – going above and beyond to make it easy for people to get involved. When you provide lyrics to your worship songs, you put everyone in your auditorium on an equal playing field. Whether they’re in a pew every Sunday or haven’t darkened the doorway of a church in years, providing lyrics makes it easy for everyone to participate.

Because lyric projection is such an important part of the Sunday morning experience, I consider it the responsibility of those involved in Church Media to give it their all. You are just as crucial to that moment as those on stage! You have the potential to point people towards Christ or be a distraction.

Here are five tricks to help you stay on top of your lyric game and click with confidence:

1. Label Your Song Elements

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.38.42 PMThis is a small adjustment that will make your life easier for years to come. Labeling all of the components in your worship songs makes it super simple to follow along with your worship leader. When you’re in a pinch and need to display a verse or chorus quickly, you’ll be thankful for this simple labeling system.

2. Outline Your Lyrics As They’re Sung

pro5_song_groupingThis may not work in all churches, but it’s awesome for worship teams who sing their songs in a particular pattern each week. Outlining your lyrics in the exact order that they’re sung enables you to confidently click to the next slide. Not having to worry about displaying the wrong words makes a big difference when you’re making an effort to display the next line before it’s sung.

3. Listen To Your Worship Set All Week

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.53.12 PMThis is an easy habit that everyone involved in worship on Sundays should pick up. Have your worship leader create a shared Spotify playlist with your worship set for that week and listen to it as a part of your daily commute. By the time Sunday comes, you’ll already have the songs in your head.

4. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.57.04 PMFor congregation members, once they see a typo in your worship lyrics, it cannot be unseen. It will stick out like a sore thumb and distract for the remainder of the song. Avoid the chuckles by proofreading your lyrics before service. There’s nothing worse than a tap on the shoulder with the news that you’ve been projecting “How grate is our God” for the past five minutes.

5. Test Everything Before Service Begins

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.58.52 PMThis tip not only applies to lyrics, but every element in your service playlist. If your motion background is too fast or skips, you’ll want time to fix it before you have a crowd staring at your screens. Make sure your words are clearly visible over all of your motions. Confirm that your sermon slides are in the correct order. Ensure that your mini-movies play correctly. When you’re confident that everything is in tip-top shape, you’ll move through each service element without stress.

Have you tried these tricks before? Do you have any others that you’d add to the list?

New eBook: Developing A Series

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The year of the ebook continues! Church Media blogger, Jonathan Malm, just released a new guidebook for planning, branding, and marketing an effective sermon series. Developing A Series does a great job of outlining a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a great sermon series. Some of my favorite parts were the snippets of wisdom from different churches on what they’d done in their ministries. This ebook is packed with do’s and don’ts – the exact kind of content that you’d hope to find in a guide like this. And it only costs $2.99!

Chapter topics include:
Why your church should do sermon series’.
How to break down a complex and obscure concept into an easily brand able series idea.
The importance of developing a unified visual theme for your sermon series.
Planning individual messages, illustrations, and sermon titles.
How to brand your sermon series so it’s memorable.
Getting the word out about your sermon series.
A discussion on planning ahead and how far ahead is far enough.
Using pop-culture brands to assist in branding your series.

You can get the e-book in two different formats: Amazon Kindle and iBooks.

Purchase Amazon Kindle version from Amazon. (Also readable on Windows/Mac machines.)
Purchase iBooks version from iTunes. (Also readable on Mac OSX machines.)

FREEBIE: Along with the release of this ebook, Jonathan released a free, printable sheet to help you keep track of your sermon series planning. It will help you keep track of and organize your thoughts and ideas. Download this planning sheet here.

That Time I Ran Jentezen Franklin’s PowerPoint

That Time I Ran Jentezen Franklin's PowerPoint

My heart was pounding so hard that I was sure the crowd would hear it over the sound system. As I sat backstage, illuminated by the glow of my computer screen, my eyes were locked onto the bright stage lights shining on him.

Ten years ago, rather than running his sermon slides, I was in the audience of this youth conference with my life being turned around. But now, Jentezen Franklin was preaching to a crowd of 3,000 teenagers and I was the one responsible for projecting his media. I was crazy nervous. I’ve ran sermon slides more times than I can count, but this was different. As I thought back to what a huge difference Pastor Franklin made in my life as a young Christian, my heart became heavy with responsibility. He was speaking to teens whose lives would be changed just like mine had been. His messages were the first sermons that ever actually stuck with me. Now I was playing a part in making a lasting memory for this audience.

To bring some of you up to speed – because our new church isn’t launching until September, our weekends are pretty open. Since we relocated to our new city, Holly and I have spent our Sundays visiting various churches for inspiration. But, when the opportunity arose to spend five weekends working production for a youth conference, I knew it was an invaluable experience that I couldn’t pass up. As I spend these few weeks in a different kind of Church Media environment, expect to see posts coming from a new perspective.

Thankfully, I can say that Jentezen’s sermon and the included media went off without a hitch that night. The response from that group of teenagers was absolutely phenomenal. After my heart rate had slowed down a bit and my nervousness wore off, I came to a realization of which I’m quite proud. While it was an extreme honor to serve Pastor Franklin and those 3,000 teenagers that night, I don’t feel that it’s what God has called me to do. If I was to be honest, my heart hadn’t raced in that moment out of excitement for the opportunity. I was simply fearful of messing something up. I didn’t want to be that guy who made everyone shake their head.

Instead, there are other parts of ministry that make my heart race for all of the right reasons. As I serve in our new church plant – even in these early days of planning – my heart overflows with excitement. There’s no other place that I’d rather be serving and I’m the happiest volunteer that you’ll ever meet. There’s an indisputable sense that I’m in the exact place at the exact time doing the exact thing that God wants for me. It was because of that security that I was able to leave a full-time ministry position with salary and move my family to another state.

As I write these posts each week, my greatest goal is to inspire and equip you to better serve in your media ministry. But my greatest prayer for you is that you’ll get to experience the joy of serving in a way that aligns with God’s calling for your life. It’s a life-giving feeling like none other that I fear so many in ministry are missing out on.