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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?

Five Fresh Freebies You’ll Love

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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 CMD.tv
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!

LifeChurch.tv Does It Again

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Yesterday, LifeChurch.tv and YouVersion made a huge announcement that they would be releasing a new Bible app just for kids before the end of the year. I’ve come to expect nothing but great things from this church. Their original Bible app is one of the most downloaded smartphone applications in the world. But, it was only when I visited their website and saw the full details of the app that I fully understood how much of a big deal this was going to be. It looks incredible! This actually looks fun, it’s interactive, and the illustration style matches the current animation trends that kids are used to. It’s going to be a hit.

I’ve noticed several things about the folks at LifeChurch.tv over the past few years and this announcement just confirms them even more. They are passionate about bringing the Gospel to the people. They have led the Church in a digital revolution that has made God’s Word accessible to people in ways like never before. Whether it’s YouVersion, Church Online, or simply downloadable resources, they have put tools in the hands of other ministries so that we can all tell the Goods News better in the digital age. The best part? They aren’t in it for profit. There is no mention of a cost on the new app for kids, but I would be REALLY surprised if it wasn’t free. I believe one of biggest reasons that their church has made such a huge impact is by offering their resources at no cost. It not only blesses people by getting the Word out at no expense to the user, but I think it also sends a “it’s not about us” message that is becoming increasing rare.

It would do all of us some good to take some notes from these methods. What creative projects could you do to bring the Good News to where the people are in your community? How can you better equip others to get into the Word? What resources do you have that you could share with other ministries?

Inspiration: Hillsong “Young & Free” Visuals

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I’m a longtime Hillsong fan. I’ve always been impressed by their heart for worship and innovative spirit. They have influenced the Church in so many ways over the years and set the bar for excellence in multiple areas of ministry. Their latest addition to their collection of worship bands, Young & Free, has gotten a lot of recent attention–and rightfully so. They have a great album that is both meaningful and exciting. It’s great to see a worship band rising up that is focused on the new generation of youth in the same way that United impacted me at that age.

I was really inspired by the visuals in this concert video that they recently uploaded. They have a look that really reminds me of the old intro to Saved By The Bell, but with a new-school feel. If you haven’t seen these videos, prepare to be taken aback at first. Expect for it to be very different than your typical Sunday morning media. But also take time to appreciate that they are targeting a specific age group and doing it really well. Pay special attention to the style of the lyrics on the side screens—I thought they were really neat.

“Trust In You” Kid’s Song Video

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I stumbled upon this freebie a couple of days ago on North Point’s website and thought you guys might enjoy it. Videos like this make it really easy to have a worship experience in your Kid’s Ministry – even if you don’t have a music team. You’ll see very quickly how a song like this can bring excitement to your kids.

Direct download link   •  More resources from North Point