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Are We Choosing The Right Songs?

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When we gather as a church community for worship, we are participating in the most dynamic story ever told. It is a rich story that starts with a creating and sovereign God. This God is three persons, each distinct, yet mysteriously one. The narrative is riddled with the failure and brokeness of humanity, and it ends with God’s salvation and the restoration of His people. Lastly, the very words of this story have the power to turn death to life. Why would we ever want to deprive our people of participating in it?

I seriously doubt that any of us would say that our goal is to keep our people away from God’s gospel, but are we subtly doing just that by what we’re omitting? Continue reading “Are We Choosing The Right Songs?”

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Terminal

936443_10151746376937359_1815626060_n“Death is swallowed up in victory.”“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:55 (ESV)

Taking this trip down to Texas was especially hard. Not because of the 18 hour drive with three kids ages 6 and under. Not because we drove through a blizzard in Missouri. It was difficult because I knew that seeing her for the first time since the words “cancer”, “terminal”, and “timeframe” were spoken, would some how make things more real.

It’s easy to pretend everything is ok from 1,000 miles away. Routine, workload, and busyness have a way of covering up reality. When we arrived in Texas with no other agenda but to simply spend time with each other, I knew it would be impossible not to look death straight in the face.

Death is a scary thing. When we’re young it’s something we hardly think of. As we grow older, it’s this looming shadow in the dark that gets ever closer. But the reality is… we’re all terminal.

Continue reading “Terminal”

The Creative Process Pt. 2

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A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. – Liberty Hyde Bailey

In my previous post I talked about developing a personal process to channel your creativity. The same principles apply to church creative processes. When working in a church creative team, whether that’s just you or a whole bunch of folks, it’s necessary to plan for creativity. Putting parameters and deadlines together is much like cultivating a garden. You have to set up boundaries, watering schedules, prune, fertilize, rinse and repeat. Eventually, with a little sunshine, you get some great produce! Over the past couple of years we have worked hard to refine our church creative process. Though it felt a little unnatural at first, we grew to embrace it as it has helped us create some amazing things.

Our church’s creative planning process is as follows: Continue reading “The Creative Process Pt. 2”

The Creative Process Pt. 1

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There are those out there that think that the words “creative” and “process” should never be used together. We can all think of the stereotypical creative who works on his own time frame, is chronically disorganized, but some how manages to occasionally put out greatness. As a creative myself, I can identify with much of the aforementioned stereotype, but, I am here to tell you today, there is a better way. Organizing and setting timeframes may be uncomfortable and feel very confining but it will propel you on to creating the best art of your life.

Continue reading “The Creative Process Pt. 1”

Are Auditions Necessary?

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I still remember waiting outside in the hallway, the sound of a slightly out of tune piano playing and a girl singing her heart out on the other side of the wall. My mind was racing. What if I didn’t make it? What would that say about me? I’ve been singing my whole life and making this choir meant a lot to me. So much was on the line.

This was my experience auditioning for the choir at Concordia University River Forest. If this is the kind of experience that people go through when they audition for something, it begs the question, do auditions really have a place in the church? Continue reading “Are Auditions Necessary?”

The Guest Experience

Successful organizations care about what their guests experience. Simply walk into your nearest Starbucks and upon checking out you may be asked if you would be willing to fill out a survey. Why do they do this? Is it because they want to interrupt your day with a monotonous survey? No. By doing so, they hope to gather honest responses to gauge whether or not their attempts to serve you and connect with you were successful and if not how they can improve.

A little over a year ago we began to ask some of the same questions at our church. We realized that the first step in being able to evaluate whether or not we were succeeding was to clearly define our “win” for our Sunday morning worship services. Your “win” should and must be influenced by your theology. Continue reading “The Guest Experience”

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