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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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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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Different Views

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A quick one today… I am in a rut. I admit it. I always see our service from my chair in the production booth. I sit in my “Service Producer” chair, between the Show Producer (who is the communicator between the video room and the auditorium) and the Lighting Coordinator.
I need to get out more. Out of my seat, I mean… I need to see how things look from all of the different vantage points that our congregation will be looking from. Not just to impress, or put on a show, but to do what we do with the highest level of excellence possible.
If you know a “car guy,” you can tell how serious he is about it by the excellence he shows in the care of his car. What we do is a whole lot more important than a car, and we want to show the highest level of excellence that we can. To show that we care – to show that we are serious.
That means getting out of my chair every once in awhile…I can use the exercise… : )

 

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Light Walls

This summer we pulled out light walls back out of retirement! Homemade, but great looking and versatile. A great sermon illustration tool as well… Our Lead Pastor was on sabbatical this summer, and the first guest preach said that sometimes we get discouraged and feel like our light (evangelistic fire) doesn’t matter because there are so many people’s fires in a big church. He asked us to create a blinder wall, and held a flashlight amidst it to represent how we feel our light gets lost (this is a small fraction of it – it was like looking into the sun)!  :  )

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Northview Easter Set 2014

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Idea Of The Week: Ceiling Light Thingys

The 9 Week 1These cool “TV-looking” panels are simply those plastic thingys that they put under fluorescent lights in offices to diffuse them. Lit from behind with LEDs, they look great, and can be easily moved into different formations from week to week! Kudos to Travis Carpenter on my team for a cost-effective and easy idea!

 

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On The Cheap

A cool idea that’s comparatively inexpensive. The thing that look like TVs in this photo are actually just the sheets of diffused plastic that you see on fluorescent light fixtures in offices, mounted in easily built wood frames and back lit. A great idea by Travis Carpenter, one of our great production team members!The 9 Cool Look

 

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