I don’t know about you, but the holidays can be a major source of anxiety. From travel plans to unexpected expenses, I have to continually remind myself to enjoy the holidays for all they are worth (that includes the fruit cake).
If you work at a church, you can magnify all that by 100. Sure, it’s great to see dozens of new families show up and to be a part of telling the Gospel story but the endless meetings, deadlines and expectations can easily leave us wishing that it was still summertime. I think we’ve all been there.
I just watched a video from Blaine Hogan about anxiety, and it was the thing I needed today. Perhaps, it could be that for you too.
Now, don’t get too excited. We are not giving away any money. But I once heard a piece of advice that went something like this, “When you are talking to an innovative leader, don’t try to find out what they know. Try to learn how they think.”
Over the years, I’ve come to respect and appreciate the community around ChurchMag for many reasons. One of which was that it was full of people that were willing to share their expertise and give advice.
So, I’m here to learn today. If your creative team or organization was given $10,000, how would you spend it?
Let’s not pretend that none of us have thought of this before. It’s the classic, box-in-a-box trick. Now, I’ve never done it although I have done a fair share of pranks on Christmas Day. Honestly, it was probably the amount of time and effort it would take to pull this off right that deterred me in the past.
Well, it seems like nothing was going to stop this guy from making a unique memory. The funny thing is, his girlfriend is just as determined to find out what the actual gift is!
As I was eating lunch the other day, I decided to start to narrow down which movies I was going to see over the Holidays. My family always went to the movies on Thanksgiving and Christmas and with ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas as a staple in my childhood, I tend to view this season as one for movies even more than the summertime.
I watched a few trailers and then I came across a movie that had more awards than anything this Transformers fan has every seen. Sure, I like to pretend to be into film but I am a sucker for blockbusters.
It was the trailer for “Buffalo Girls” and I was speechless.
I’m just going to say it: I like the things I don’t have more than the things I do have.
Let me explain, even though you might know where I’m going with this.
About a month ago, my 2008 MacBook Pro turned on for the last time. Was it an old machine? Yes. But it was also the answer I commonly gave to the question,
“What is your most valuable and cherished possession?”
Thus, it was a very sad day.
As I’ve served and lead in various capacities in the local church and para-church setting, I’ve come to realize something that we all probably know: creatives are simply different. In fact, I would argue that this is what makes them so gifted, passionate and valuable.
I’m somewhat new to leading people that I would label with this term but I am always looking for ways to encourage, invest and appreciate those that I led, especially because all of them are in a volunteer capacity. As I recently started working with college students, part of my role is to lead the creative team of our campus ministry and I want to improve in many areas, but this being one of priority.
I’ve benefited from the generosity of so many creatives within the context of ministry. Whether it was downloading a series graphic from a church that gives away all their design elements or it was receiving help important files into Gimp by sending out a general request on Twitter.
So, every once in awhile, I try to look through my files and find something that might be useful for someone else. Today, I am giving away a customizable Keynote template that we use for our regular announcements before and after our weekly services.
I once talked with Dan Stevers over lunch as his friends poked fun at the fact that he was wearing a shirt with the words “Dan Stevers” in bold. He took the joking well and casually stated it was one inconvenience of your brand being your name. Instantly, I liked him.
But it wasn’t until I saw some of his work that I became a fan. He helped me remember (through his work) the impact that mini-movies can have. So, whether you are finalizing all things Christmas at your church or just about to start the creative process, here are five Christmas mini-movies you might consider using.
I love Christmas lights. Now, I know they aren’t the most foundational element of Christmas (especially from a theological standpoint) but they are so simple and fun.
Whether or not you share my partial obsession for crazy yard Santas and Igloos, I think that this video will bring a smile to your face.