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My Christmas Pre-Service Playlist 2013


Angels We Have Heard On High – Elevation Worship

Jesus Is Alive – Josh Wilson

Born Is The King (It’s Christmas) – Hillsong

Joy To The World – Citizens

The First Noel – Phil Wickham

We Have A Savior – Hillsong

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Marcy Priest

When Hope Came Down – Kari Jobe

The First Noel (Holy Is The Lord) – Hillsong

How Many Kings – Downhere

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Citizens

God With Us – Jeremy Camp

What’s on your pre-service playlist for your Christmas services this year?

2nd Annual Merry Media Contest


***Congratulations to our 2013 winners: Nate Marion (@natemarion), Jeremy Hunt (@JHUNT492), and Karlie Pickett (@karlienpickett)! We are also very excited to announce our grand prize winner: Seth Carter (@Seth_Carter)! Thanks for entering, everyone. We hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Christmas is almost here and we want to hook you up with a Church Media prize pack that’s worthy of Santa’s sleigh. This is the opportunity for three lucky TCP readers to take home enough holiday resources to make their December services look incredible. (We’re excited to offer over $200 in prizes this year!) For the first time, we’ve also included a grand prize for one additional winner of a Graceway Media subscription worth $400! (That’s a total of four chances to win!)

We’ll announce the winners next week, so be sure to go ahead and enter so that you don’t miss out!

Official Rules & Submission Info:

1. To enter, tweet “I just entered to win a #ChurchMedia prize pack in the #MerryMedia Contest from @creativepastor! Check it out here –” to your followers.
2. Each participant must also be subscribed to our weekly newsletter. (You can sign up here.)
3. Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 11:59pm (Eastern).
4. Three winners will be selected at random by our staff, along with an additional grand prize winner.
5. The selected winners will receive a Church Media prize pack valued at $236 and our grand prize winner will receive a prize valued at $400.
6. We will announce the winners on our site on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013.

Grand Prize (One Winner):


2013 Prize Pack (Three Winners):

TCP Free
The-Creative-Pastor-MP   The-Creative-Pastor-WMH

Spread the word about this contest to your friends and followers!

Free Motion of the Month – December ’13


This month, we’ve partnered with the great Igniter Media to bring you a freebie for your winter services. Igniter has been in the Church Media world for ten years and has made a huge impact on the modern church. Be sure to check out their site for more freebies and their awesome memberships.

This download includes HD and SD versions, as well as JPEG stills.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.


Freebie: Porcelain Christmas Video Kit


Dan Stevers, one of the most talented church media producers out there, just released a new pack of free nativity videos for creating Christmas media. As you can always expect from Dan’s stuff, these videos look awesome. The pack contains nearly twenty HD motions that will work great for custom mini-movies in your December services or as worship backgrounds.

Porcelain Christmas – Free Christmas Video Pack from on Vimeo.

You can download them here and be sure to follow Dan on Twitter for future freebies.

If you use this kit, be sure to show it off by sharing a link in the comments below!

The Do’s & Don’ts of Seasonal Media


The official start of Fall is just a few days away and I thought it would be appropriate in these days of changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and football to share a few guidelines for using seasonal media. Whether it’s an actual season or a holiday, today’s content producers stay on top of creating new media to use in your services during these times. Here’s a few tips on how to use it all correctly.

*DO* Use Media That Reflects The Current Season

Each season produces a unique set of feelings and memories for every individual. Motions, countdowns, and stills that depict these seasons bring a warm feeling to your services and remind of the beauty of God’s creation.


*DO* Show Mini-Movies That Address Holidays

Mini-movies have such a unique way of captivating an audience and presenting a message in a tangible way. By using these videos in holiday services, you can shift the focus of viewers from the commercial side of the occasion to what’s truly important.


*DO* Mix In Other Media Throughout The Season

While you may have enough media in your collection to stay season-focused for all of your services in that time, it’s still okay to use other content. Mixing in some generic media can keep things fresh.


*DON’T* Rush Into New Seasons

Just because there’s a new service pack available for the next season doesn’t mean that it’s time to use it yet. Pull out your calendar and plan out your media so that you aren’t putting your congregation into “fast-forward” on Sunday mornings.


*DON’T* Use Them Obviously Out of Season

Motions with falling snow don’t exactly work well in the summer. This tip seems simple enough, but I’ve seen some of the more subtle seasonal content used at totally wrong times and it just looked silly.


*DON’T* Feel Pressured To Address Every Holiday

You can find media for pretty much every holiday, but that doesn’t mean that your church has to recognize each of them. They are there to provide options for whatever your church is celebrating—not to set a standard for what you should be doing. No pressure here!


Does your church use seasonal media?? What are some other do’s and don’ts to add to the list?