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The Old Meets The New

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On Easter, we had a very modern looking stage set, lots of moving lights, the whole nine yards. It was a very bright multicolor feel. However, we intentionally went retro on one song – WAY retro. Stained glass was the multi-color moving lights of it’s day – it was the most dynamically beautiful artistic expression medium that the artists of the day had to work with. They were trying to paint with light.
Today, we try to do the same thing in a different way – using movers, projectors, LED walls and a host of other visual tools. We are – hopefully – trying to go beyond cool for cool’s sake. At our best, we’ll paint with light to honor God, to show the beauty of His love and of His creation.

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Infuse

We picked up a fantastic idea from Church of the Highlands in Alabama this past year. They have 10+ campuses, and struggled with filling all of the incredible number of volunteer slots that they had. They also found that they had many volunteers who were willing, but not quite up to speed to be able to step directly onto the worship team.

One of their volunteers came up with the idea of doing a weekly “bootcamp” of sorts for the worship team, and they named it Infuse. Instead of going directly onto the worship team after an audition, volunteers now go into Infuse. They are given a few songs to work on each week and come together with coaches to learn how to play as a team, how to visually lead, etc… We took the general idea and created a 6-week version for both worship and production team. We beta tested in the fall of ’14, and are now in our 2nd 6-week run of ’15. It’s been a great tool to help train and prepare volunteers – a highly recommended idea!

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You Lights Up My Life

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Sometimes, you just gotta rent some lights…
This Easter, we spent a little extra to rent some mover that are a little more powerful than ours. The tight beams enabled us to match some looks between the beams and our back screen, which made for a nice look. More on the Easter staging to come…

 

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The Creative Eye

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I have been spending 100% of my time recently in the field of management. That is a noble endeavor, one that is sorely needed in the church. But it is not the entirety of what I have been called to do. To be able to give, there has to be something there to give from. In practical terms, that means that there needs to be some time set aside each week for creative intake.

This is intentional – not just watching or listening to something that you already know and like, or even just surfing the net. If you want to be inspired in your video or graphic arts looks, collect some great examples and see how you can adapt them to your needs. If you want to be inspired for your stage/platform “looks,” search for sites that cause you to think outside of the normal patterns of your day-to-day (including, hopefully, at times, the website you’re reading). I try to make reading a part of my daily plan – I also try to visit as many other churches as I can when I have off weekends. It refuels my tank!

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Creative Planning

 

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Idea Of The Week: Personalized Info Booth

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I saw this on a trip to North Point Church in Atlanta last year – they have some folks out in the lobby with iPads that can quickly get info for people, or get them signed up for events, etc… A great example showing care to visitors and to the people that God has placed in our care. Good stuff!

 

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Keep Your Eyes Open

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Read this quote from Lorie King: “Keep your eyes open. Watch the congregation. Shocking, I know. In order to lead well, however, you need to know what’s going on around you. You may notice that people aren’t singing along, but rather look confused or perplexed (or bored). Hmm…maybe they don’t know the song? Maybe they don’t know they’re supposed to be singing? You can invite them to sing with a statement like, “Now that you know it, let’s sing that again together,” or simply “Let’s sing that truth/prayer together again.” You have not only let them know that participation is encouraged and expected, but you’ve pointed them to the content and substance of what is going on.”

I agree – and I mean it literally. Keep your eyes open. If you are leading, it doesn’t mean making music with your eyes closed. It’s not your private time of worship – you are leading, and that means interacting with the people you are leading. It’s easy to hide behind closed eyes – I’ve done it many a time. Every so often it’s appropriate, but not as your norm. And now…stepping down from the soapbox… : )

 

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Sir Truss A Lot

 

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We use truss in our stage looks. A lot. It’s very versatile – we’ll hang it, lay it sideways, build stuff out of it, etc… – one time we even used a “collapsed” truss look (swiped that idea from Willow) to represent the fall of Israel. Here’s an easy, free-standing look.

 

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