19 Jan 2016
When I first launched TheCreativePastor.com back in 2011, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had never written publicly before. I certainly had never created a blog before. It was a big step, but I felt confident that God had called me to share my gifts and equip others for creative ministry.
Little did I know that in just a few short years, this little blog would be reaching thousands of people every single day. As our community grew, my passion to share helpful articles, tutorials, and resources grew as well. There’s nothing I love more than helping churches all over the world reach people with the hope of Jesus through creative ministry.
In the beginning of 2015 when the site was reaching more people than ever, I felt compelled to take a break from writing. I wasn’t quite sure how long this break would last, but the timing just felt right. This came in the middle of an extremely exciting season for my wife, Holly, and me. We had just found out that we were going to be having our first child. (His name is Calvin Jude and is now six months old.) We were also four months into our new church plant, Piedmont Chapel, where we still lead the creative team.
For nearly a year, I didn’t write any new articles and would only sporadically post to our social pages. In that year, our TCP community was extremely supportive. I cannot begin to tell you how many emails, messages, and tweets came in expressing how much they missed seeing new content on the site. These messages meant so much to me and made it clear that a comeback wasn’t only necessary for me to fulfill my calling, but to meet the needs of our readers.
As I began dreaming of what it would look like to begin writing again, I knew that I wanted to make improvements to our branding, our post topics, and, most importantly, our website. Around the same time as I began planning for this relaunch, Jeff McIntosh of Church Motion Graphics reached out to me expressing how much he wanted to see me writing again, too.
Jeff and I met a few years back at the Echo Conference and had become good friends as we kept in touch discussing church media. He had advertised on my site in the past and as we began to talk about the future of TCP, it seemed like a natural fit for us to work together more. So, we figured out a way for Church Motion Graphics to be a premium sponsor on the new site, which means you’ll be seeing a lot of their stuff. Since I use their motions in my church every Sunday, I don’t mind spreading the word about their products at all.
But more than just a sponsor, Jeff really spent a lot of time working with me on getting the new site up and running. I can truly say that this relaunch wouldn’t have been possible without his help. It feels great to partner with someone as passionate about the Church and creative ministry as I am.
Now, TCP is back with an updated logo, more great posts, and a new website! I’m believing that the best is yet to come and I’m so glad that you’re a part of our community.