Our friends over at Shift Worship made a big announcement this week that I believe is going to make a huge impact in the Church Media world. With the release of their “Shift Media Creator” app, you’re able to create custom, high-quality motions right from your iPhone. I downloaded this $5.99 app to check it out for myself and it far exceeded my expectations. No matter the size of your church or budget, this is a must-have for your ministry. The ability to create custom backgrounds for your services so easily is huge.
“You could keep finding worship media the way you’ve always done it. Search. Sort. Search some more. Or you could use that powerful, high-end camera you’ve got in your pocket to shoot exactly the image you want, quickly and easily make it exactly the right size – and make it gorgeous – before sending it straight to your ShiftWorship account to download into your software.
It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it puts all the creative power right in your hands. Worship media will never be the same.”
Find out more about Shift Media Creator here.
What do you think about this app? Will you download it?
Youth OC News / The Status / 2014-03-06 from The Youth OC on YouTube.
This is an excellent example of the power of creativity overcoming the limitations of a low budget. This YouTube-inspired announcement video was created by Abigail Ogas for their youth service at The Church OC. Using only an iPhone and two apps (iMovie and FiLMiC Pro), she singlehandedly produced it from concept to completion.
A friend of mine who shared this on Facebook said something really powerful about it. “Success is not about your resources, it’s about how resourceful you are.” These are great words to keep in mind as you work in ministry!
Keep up the great work, guys!
Giving is a integral part of every church. Outside of personal, one-on-one evangelism, it takes money to make ministry happen. While tithes and offerings are important, I’ve always been passionate about keeping the “big ask” on Sundays from being awkward. One of the best ways to keep things from feeling weird is by providing options for givers outside of the traditional collection plate. By providing online giving terminals on your website or even giving kiosks in your lobby, you meet the needs of those who don’t regularly carry cash or checks.
However, the best giving method that I’ve seen comes through a new service called Kindrid. It allows your congregation to give to your ministry via text messaging. Speaking as a millennial (the champions of awkwardness), I can tell you that this is not only convenient for my generation, but also feels much less obtrusive than a plate/bucket being passed down the row. As we move forward into a world where individuals rarely carry cash, but never leave home without their iPhone, this is a route your church should probably consider.
Find out more about Kindrid here.
How does your church accept donations?
Intro to Kindrid from Marc McMurrin on Vimeo.
How To Give via TEXT from Marc McMurrin on Vimeo.