All posts tagged media

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/30/2014

TheCreativePastor.com – Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/29/2014

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!

Set your computer's wallpaper to black. If your presentation software crashes, your screen will simply look blank rather than showing the error. Asking questions is a great way to spark conversation on your church's social pages.
Use a consistent color scheme across all of your designs. Choose colors that reflect your church's unique personality. When you feel confident in where you're going with the lyrics, you can be proactive with putting them on the screen.  Just because it worked for another church doesn't mean it will work well for yours. Make changes with your specific congregation in mind.

Like these photos? Get them here: Photo 1 • Photo 2 • Photo 3 • Photo 4 • Photo 5

8 Social Media Posts Your Church Should Try

TheCreativePastor.com – 8 Social Media Posts Your Church Should Try

Since social media has become a part of the daily lives of so many people, there is such an incredible opportunity for the local church to use this tool for outreach. In fact, because it’s a part of people’s daily routines, it’s really the perfect tool for connecting with people throughout the week.

I love using social media in our ministry because it’s not only a chance to show people outside our congregation what we’re all about, but it gives our church family something to get excited about Monday through Saturday. And, when your congregation is excited about church, they’re much more likely to spread the word to their friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

When it comes to getting started with social media, one of the hardest tasks is coming up with what to actually say. So, to make things easier for you to begin posting, here are eight kinds of social media posts that have worked well for our church. We use these images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would also encourage you that you do not have to use images. It may be a great option for you to start by using text posts to get things off of the ground.

Have you used any of these posts at your church? Do you have any others that you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

1. The “Sermon Quote”

2. The “#SundaySetlist”

A photo posted by Piedmont Chapel (@piedmontchapel) on

3. The “Meet Our Team”

4. The “Sunday’s Coming”

5. The “Inspirational Phrase”

6. The “Team Selfie”

7. The “#LyricsFromSunday”

8. The “Event Recap”

8 Essentials For Every Church Production Team

TCP-Eight_Essentials_For_Every_Production_Team

More than ever, I have a huge heart for church production teams. Every week, I receive emails from our readers with questions not about the technical side of this ministry, but on topics such as building teams, inspiring change, and avoiding burnout.

It’s almost like the technology is secondary compared to the ongoing personal and relational struggles that come with church production. I’ve observed this is my own ministry, as well. Only about 20% of my time is spent on equipment. The rest is focused on making myself better, building relationships, and keeping our team ready for Sunday.

With all of this in mind, I’ve come up with eight essential tips that work to support these areas. While you won’t find tips here that directly improve your actual production, if you put these into practice, I can guarantee that you will get better every week. In fact, I would be willing to bet that you’ll even walk away feeling more whole and satisfied after each service.

1. Set Yourself Up For A Win

Show up earlier than everyone else. Give yourself enough time to have your area prepared and ready to go before your worship team takes the stage. This will give you the opportunity to work out any glitches and still have time to make improvements.

2. Know Your Environment

Every room is different and comes with unique pros and cons. The key is to use the tools available to you as best as you can to make that room engaging for people. Know your limitations and continually test them.

3. Be Confident In Your Setlist

Whether you’re running sound, lyrics, or lighting, it’s vital that you know the songs that your worship team is singing in service. You’ll have the confidence to act faster when you know what’s coming next. I’ve noticed that this significantly cuts down on stress, as well.

4. Don’t Miss The Big Things Due To Little Things

It’s easy to become so preoccupied with fixing one element (changing lyric fonts, adjusting LED color, enhancing the tone of one microphone) that you neglect making the whole system work together. Focus on the big picture, because it’s likely that most people won’t even notice that tiny detail.

5. Look Up Often

Don’t bury your head in your computer or console. Look up at your audience, gauge their response, and respond accordingly. Don’t become so focused on your particular area that you miss what God is doing around you. Be aware of what’s happening with your team members working alongside you, as well.

6. Do What’s Right For Your Congregation

Industry standards won’t always work for your church family. You may have to make your lyrics slightly larger or reduce your volume, for example. Just because something works in other churches doesn’t mean it will work for you.

7. Step Out of the Booth (and Your Comfort Zone)

Production Team members are often characterized as introverts, but it’s so important to connect with other people in church! Build relationships and trust with your team and leaders. Chat with the musicians and singers before service begins. We’re all better together.

8. Approach Services Prayerfully

Want to know how to give your production team an edge? Pray. Ask God to use you in the service to do more than project lyrics, run sound, or operate lights. Pray that He’ll help you to create a distraction-free environment of life-change.

Do you have any other essentials that you would add to the list?

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/16/2014

TheCreativePastor.com – Five Creative Ministry Tips: 10/16/2014

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!

Lyric transitions are great, but shouldn't take away from readability. Experiment to find the right balance of appearance and function. Tweets including Instagram links are 42% less likely to be retweeted. Take an extra moment to upload your images to Twitter separately. Combining two similar fonts is never a good idea. Contrast is essential to great design. Your church's style will not be appealing to everyone. Determine what makes you unique, then focus on reaching a similar audience. If you're trying new, creative ideas, there will always be someone who dislikes them. Shrug it off and focus on the actual results.

Like these photos? Get them here: Photo 1Photo 2Photo 3Photo 4Photo 5

Small Improvements, Big Results

TheCreativePastor.com – Small Improvements, Big Results

One of the biggest traps that we can fall into is believing that progress can only be accomplished through huge projects or complete overhauls. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, I would argue that one of the best ways to move your organization forward is with small, consistent improvements.

I serve in a brand new church plant that’s only six weeks old at the time of this being written. Although we are only a few services in, this is a principle that I’ve had to remind myself of constantly.

Whether your church is a few weeks old or has been around for a hundred years, there is always room to improve your Sunday services.

It can be easy to get discouraged that any change to make things better is out of reach due to lack of time, money, or other resources. But we’re better than that. God has equipped us for the exact season that we’re in. We simply have to embrace where we are and make the improvements that we can make.

Last week, rather than wallowing in my pile of can’ts, I sought to make small improvements in areas all around our church that would make a noticeable impact on Sunday. Some were technical. Some were practical. All were creative.

  • We created what I call “Pinterest-y” themed centerpieces in our coffee area.
  • We used pumpkin spice air freshener all around our building rather than our traditional scent.
  • We changed our lobby/pre-service playlist to a more spirited, hipster vibe. Listen to it here.
  • We updated the design of our announcement slides.
  • We changed up our stage lighting to include more colors.
  • We started using a new set of motion backgrounds for our songs.
  • We changed our order of service to include a fun, warm opening from one of our pastors.
  • We took more photos on Sunday morning of real people in our church for social media.

Announcement Slide

All of these were relatively easy to accomplish, but made a huge impact on Sunday. People really took notice of the changes and I can honestly say that it was our best service yet.

You’ll also notice that I said we changed, we used, we started…

That’s because I got other people involved on these small projects. Even when it was in the smallest capacity you can imagine. But do you know what happened when these projects turned out to be a success? We celebrated our victory.

Getting people involved in small, tangible improvements is the easiest way to keep your church progressing and your volunteers smiling.

It’s a win-win.

So, what can you do this week to make your church better? Who can you get involved to help you do this? Creative Ministry is more than what happens in the tech booth. Don’t be afraid to use your creativity all around your church.

Small improvements make a big difference.