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Free Motion of the Month – June ’14

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This month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Igniter Media and they’re hooking you up with an awesome motion that is going to look killer in your services. I first saw this motion in a live worship experience and it immediately stood out to me. I really love how it blends modern shapes with nature. Be sure to check out their website for more motions, stills, and mini-movies.

This freebie is only available for the month of June 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.)

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Three Essential Tips For Worship/Media Leaders

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Today’s post is from my good friend, Josh White. He is a worship leader, creative thinker, and ministry blogger based out of Las Vegas, NV. For more great posts by him, check out his website here.

In today’s church, a large portion of the Sunday morning experience is made possible by the collaboration of two teams – the worship team and media team. While their jobs have similar goals, the relationship between these two groups can often be shaky. It doesn’t help that most churches these days are no longer looking for just a Worship Pastor. Instead, they are looking for a Worship Pastor who can do video, graphic design, audio mixing, production, and everything in between. Because these two teams can be so different, leading them both can be really challenging.

Here are 3 things that have helped me in my journey of leading both of these ministries at my church:

1. Create A Family, Not A Group of Volunteers

One of the biggest mistakes any ministry can make is keeping their volunteers just that – volunteers. I have pretty high standards for people who want to get involved in our music and media ministry. First, they have to understand how much time they’re going to have to put in. They’ll have to be at church an extra night and come two hours early on Sunday mornings. Second, I need to feel like they can become part of our family…and usually those people who want to put in the time have no problem fitting in with our team. My music and media teams are all friends. We hang out together at least 30 minutes after every practice. We laugh together, we eat together, we pray together, and we cry together. This has created such a strong relationship that our chemistry from the production booth to the on-stage musicians is incredibly strong. So much so that they have told me they can sense where I’m about to take the worship service next when I’m leading. Get rid of your volunteers – create a family.

2. You Cannot Make Your Job Your Hobby

This is a big issue with new worship and media leaders coming up today – and I’m one of them. We’ve made our passions our hobbies, and then made them into a paid position. I’m not saying this is bad (it’s exactly what I did), but being fully engaged every minute of your life with one or two particular subjects is a call for total destruction. When you go home, keep your laptop closed. Turn on that nifty “Do Not Disturb” button on your phone, go get a workout in, read a book (that’s not about your job), or spend some time with your family. Having an even balance is only going to help you produce better worship sets and media presentations.

3. Start With The Basics, Then Grow

I can remember when I first arrived to the church where I currently lead the worship and media teams. For the first month, I asked my pastor if I could simply observe practices and worship sets. I quickly realized that things in the music and in the media booth were scattered, tense, and not put together. I sat down with each volunteer and let them know that we were going back to the basics  – we stripped everything down and worked from the ground up. At the same time, I let them all know that there was no end goal and that we would always be growing. A year later, our team is now playing with clicks, growing strong in musical talent, and now planning our visual worship ahead of services. Our rehearsal times are even more enjoyable and uplifting. When starting out, consistency is everything, but always, always, always grow with your church culture and your team.

While leading both of these teams can be challenging, these three tips have been huge for us. I’m confident that they will help you produce a bigger, more effective, and spiritual team within your worship and media ministry.

What are some things you have done to help your teams grow? Let us know in the comments below!

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 5/15/14

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We’re excited for round four of our new, weekly list of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry! Each Thursday, we share 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!

 
Keep your announcements brief.  Use a narrow font.
Design with purpose, strategy, and meaning. Clear lyrics from your screen whenever possible. Your skill isn't the most important part of your creative ministry role.

Have any other creative ministry tips that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

Creative Ministry Toolbox: Media Subscriptions

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I’ve been involved in church media for over ten years now. One of the best decisions I’ve made in my journey has been a shift from purchasing individual pieces of content to all-inclusive subscriptions.

Individual motions can cost up to $13 each now. Seriously? Ain’t nobody got the budget for that! And what about mini-movies? $20 videos add up fast when you use them as a regular part of your preaching.

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If your church is going to use media each week, the most logical choice is to invest in a subscription service. While there are several producers offering programs like this, I personally use two of them – Centerline New Media’s Complete Subscription and Church Motion Graphics’ Monthly Mega Pack.

While both of these companies do advertise with TCP, this blog post is not a paid endorsement. These subscriptions are actually in my creative ministry toolbox and I legitimately love using these products. I can solidly say that I’d recommend these to any church.

Here are three reasons why I love these subscriptions:

1. You Save A Ton of Money

A full subscription to Centerline will only cost you $200/year for a virtually unlimited supply of mini-movies, countdowns, motions, and stills. (They’ve even recently started including Photoshop sermon slides.) CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack is only $10 per month or $99/year and includes a fresh pack of motions, stills, and a new countdown each month. You’ll have great content each week without breaking the bank.

2. Consistency In Your Services

If you’re projecting lyrics, scripture, and sermon points in your services, they need to follow a common theme, color palette, and style. These subscriptions make this easy by providing matching motions, countdowns, and stills. You can easily start your service with their stills for announcement slides, flow into a coordinating countdown, use their motions for worship lyrics, and finish up with their stills for sermon slides. This coordination communicates intentionality and professionalism.

3. The Variety Will Stretch You

Both of these producers release new content each month, so you’re able to grow a diverse media library very quickly. They’re both devoted to stretching themselves to create new content outside of the norms and that has stretched me, too. Before signing up for these subscriptions, I tended to use only one particular style of media. Looking back, this was a recipe for boredom. These subscriptions have allowed me to try new things and experiment with different kinds of looks in our services.

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TCP Tip: As I’ve served in a creative ministry role under several lead pastors, I’ve learned that it’s always easier to present a larger one-time cost than multiple smaller expenses. Your leaders will feel much better about purchasing a subscription for the year than multiple random expenses throughout the year.

Find out more about Centerline’s subscription here and about CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack here.

Do you use either of these subscriptions? Let us know in the comments below!

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 5/8/14

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We’re excited for round three of our new, weekly list of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry! Each Thursday, you can expect to see practical advice on 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!

 
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Match Motions To Song Tempos Take Pride In Your Church Website Mistake Happen - Move Forward

Have any other creative ministry tips that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below!