The Journey To The Highly Anticipated Return of TCP


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.

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Kendall Conner

Kendall Conner serves as the Creative Pastor at Piedmont Chapel in Greensboro, NC. He is a graphic designer, video editor, and all-around media geek, but above all enjoys seeing lives changed. Together with his beautiful wife, Holly, they strive to use media to spread the message of Christ and equip others for ministry.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing Kendall. It’s been an amazing journey working with you to see this site relaunch.

    • Kendall Conner : January 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      The best is yet to come, Jeff! Thanks so much for all you do!

    • Mitch Lunceford : January 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you Jeff for all your support and the value you add to churches around the world bro. Can’t wait to see how God uses this ministry to reach people in churches just like ours!

  2. So great to see “The Creative Pastor” site back up. I love the new clean look!

  3. Stoked you’re back! I’ve learned so much from your site and I’m excited to keep learning.

  4. So glad to see you writing again. We’ve been following all you guys have done at Piedmont Chapel! So legit. :)

  5. Woo! Pumped to see you back!

  6. I am so happy to see TCP back up! I definitely have greatly missed it. :) I look forward to the new posts in the future!

    Kendall: Congrats on your son! such an exciting time in your life! :)

  7. Very excited about your return :) As a church graphic designer working on a team of one, I’ve really appreciated your posts and insights!

  8. I was thrilled to receive the email today saying that TCP was back in action! As a mostly self-taught creative, your blog is a helpful, inspirational resource to me and the churches I support.

    Fun side note… Greensboro is my home city, yet I didn’t come across your site until I moved to California! I hope to visit Piedmont Chapel on my next trip “home” to see more of how your ministry affects the Sunday morning experience.

    Keep on keepin’ on!

    • Kendall Conner : January 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Cali!

      I can’t believe you’re from GSO! Definitely let me know when you’ll be in town next. We’ll give you the VIP experience at PC.

  9. Yay! So glad to see you back!

  10. Welcome back! You were missed, but sabbath is so important. Looking forward to 2016!

  11. Welcome back, Kendall! I respect both you and Jeff so much and our community needs both of your voices. Looking forward to plenty of new content in 2016!

  12. Yay! I’m so happy you’re back. It’s belated, but congratulations to you and Holly on the birth of Calvin. Looking forwards to many more useful ideas now that you’re back in the saddle.

  13. Kendall THANK YOU! For your passion and most valuable information. I have been in the ministry for 42 years and I just spent the last four hours reading all of the articles and looking at the links you posted today. WOW is all I can say. I started when the only technology was a slide projector and a 16mm movie projector. Oh I forgot there was also an overhead projector- ha ha.

    We have been using data projects for years now but I was really encouraged by your articles because we are doing a lot of what you are talking about. Please keep up the good work you are doing and I know God will always bless you.

    Welcome back!

  14. Congratulations on your son! Truly did miss it while you were away, but glad you took the time. This site was such great inspiration for the start of my church’s own creative ministry. Best of luck with this relaunch :)

    • Kendall Conner : January 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Thanks so much! Having a son is the best feeling in the world.
      I’m glad that TCP has been a great resource to you. :)

  15. Welcome back! and the new site looks awesome!

  16. Glad you’re back brother!! Don’t know ya at all but good to be part of the same high calling. Keep up the great work. P.S. what was your site built through? John Blair from FirstWest.cc

  17. Welcome back!! Excited to do some kingdom mischief with you guys;)

  18. Whitney and I love watching the story unfold. Praying for TPC to have continued tremendous impact on the Church all over the world! The best is truly still to come for “THE” Creative P — Kendall Conner!

  19. Yeah! So glad you’re back!! Eager to see what lies ahead :) Love the site!

  20. Welcome back!

  21. A late congrats on this. I was glad to see it revived when I checked in a few weeks ago.

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