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Introducing The “Shift Media Creator” App


Unknown-1Our 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?

Five Media Tweaks To Make Immediately


There are many aspects of Worship Media and a million ways to improve your presentation, but sometimes it’s the smallest steps that make the biggest difference. Here are five practical tweaks that you can make for Sunday that will make a noticeable impact in your projection.

1. Create A Template For All of Your Lyric Slides

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 12.21.02 AMConsistency is key for excellent presentation on Sunday mornings. Templates make it super easy to coordinate and keep all of your songs looking their best. Choose a dependable font and text size that are easily visible to everyone in your congregation.  (Here are my font recommendations.)

2. Retire Outdated Content

framed-hands copyIf your church has been using media for a while, you’ve probably accumulated quite a bit of content. Styles come and go, so it’s healthy to regularly comb through your library to remove some of the older stuff. It may be time to retire that one background you’ve used a million times or just delete the ones that don’t really work in your space. Keeping your media library tidy goes a long way.

3. Split Larger Lyric Slides

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 12.20.12 AMThis is a rookie mistake that can really throw everything off. I’ve seen slides so jam-packed with lyrics that it made my head ache. Keeping with the flow of the song, split larger chunks of lyrics into multiple slides. I recommend displaying 2-4 lines of text per slide. Use pauses and transitions (verse to chorus, etc.) as natural splits.

4. Coordinate Media Throughout Your Service


It’s a must that your lyric backgrounds match in both color and style. But to add an additional level of intentionality to your presentation, coordinate the rest of your media elements. Start with your sermon slides and match your motions, countdown, and announcement slides from there. (Service Packs make this really easy and are available from all major media producers.)

5. Display All Scripture That’s Spoken From The Stage

Sermon_Slide_Template-Images.002It’s become pretty standard for churches to display their pastor’s sermon Scripture, but I recommend going a step further. It’s common for Bible passages to be read at other parts of your service such as openings, worship, and offering, too. Touch base with all of your on-stage leaders before service so that you’ll be prepared to project their Scripture. This little bit extra of planning will go a long way for your audience.

Do you have any other tweaks that you’d recommend?

Inspiration: “The Status” from The Youth OC

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!

Mobile Giving With Kindrid

Mobile Giving With Kindrid

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.

Two New Must-Have eBooks


Two great ebooks have just been released that are must-haves for those involved in Church Media. I’ve personally dove into both of these new releases and have been so impressed with their content. I’ve set a personal goal to read more this year and it’s perfect timing because 2014 seems to be the year of the Church Media ebook. Check these two out and let me know what you think!

The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement

The-Wide-Guide-CoverInside The Wide Guide, you’ll find ideas, insight, detailed diagrams, pictures, ways to save money, and a detailed look into the most common multiscreen video setups in the industry. Every chapter includes a picture of a setup, an overview of the technology used including advice from Luke McElroy’s personal experiences, pro’s and con’s list for that specific design, list of ways to save money when trying to setup this design, and a blueprint of how to set it up. Even if you’re only working with one screen, there is valuable information on technique and equipment that will be useful to you. This ebook is only $10 and that’s a small price to pay for Luke’s insight on his area of expertise. He is a friend of mine and I can tell you that he knows his stuff!

You can purchase The Wide Guide here.

The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

socialchurch-hard-book Every other societal building block has been disrupted by the shift toward social media. Why would we think the church should be any different? Churches can choose to become interactive as a church or we can choose to fade further into the cultural background. The choice is up to us. This book is for Christians who advocate for social media in their churches. It’s for pastors and ministry leaders who want to understand what social media is and why it’s crucial for the survival of local churches. It’s for Christians who want to be on the right side of history, leveraging new technologies to further the Kingdom of God. Justin Wise contends that social media is this generation’s printing press-a revolutionary technology that can spread the gospel further and faster than we can imagine. I love that this book goes beyond the how and focuses on the why.

You can purchase The Social Church here.

Do you have any other new books that you’d recommend?