We Love You, Eric!


Eric doesn't know that I am publishing this. In fact, we have hijacked the website just to love on Eric. Below are our own experiences and thoughts of Eric as he has not only run and grown, but also has managed us. He has shown the love to us and to you the readers, so we figured it was time to show him a little love. So without further ado, here are our stories about Eric. ... Continue Reading

Free Christmas Resource: Carols by Candlelight

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The chasm between the Church and the rest of the world is ever-widening, and this makes it difficult for us in the Church to bridge that chasm. Thankfully, Christmas, by its very nature, makes bridging that gap easier. The only problem, then, is figuring out the best way to bridge it. If I can be so bold, we at ChurchMag have a resource that might be helpful in that regard: ... Continue Reading

What I Learned at the #SALT15 Conference


How many church conferences have you attended this year? I've attended 3 in the past month alone, which is crazy and why I'm probably so tired. #SALT15 was really awesome, but different from the other conferences I've been to. It has a special emphasis on audio/visual while I'm more in the content marketing realm of church work. It's close, but not exactly. However, that's not to say that I didn't get anything out of SALT–I definitely did. Plus, I like to think that my type of job is pretty ... Continue Reading

A Case for Environmental Projection in the Church

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Visuals are everywhere in our culture and woven into our daily lives, and we are literally surrounded with media. I truly believe that we as the Church have the means, and the responsibility, to use visuals to bring glory to Him and do so in a fresh, creative way. However, it has been my experience that many of our worship spaces are simply white or beige boxes devoid of any rich visual imagery that point to God. Now, in that past couple of decades we as the Church have gotten a little ... Continue Reading

What I Learned Building a Pallet Set (And How You Can Too!)

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If you've peered into the world of stage design recently, there's a good chance you've seen a number of sets built out of reclaimed pallet wood, and with good reason.  It gives spaces a warm, earthy feel. Pallets are easy to come by. The wood is cheap (sometimes even free). Construction is quick and straightforward.  After four years of all white Coroplast and cardboard sets in our student ministry space, I decided it was time to build one of these sets.  I learned a number of things along the ... Continue Reading

How Long Have You Lived, Doctor? [Infographic]


You a fan of Doctor Who? We are too and with the new season beginning today, we figured we would celebrate with some fun Doctor Who greatness. This one features the full airtime each doctor reincarnation has had. The shortest is the 8th doctor before it went off air for a time at 1 hour and 4 minutes and the longest was the 4th doctor at 71 hours and 37 minutes. Which of the doctors is your favorite? ... Continue Reading

30 Tips for Church Stage Designs

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The new e-book from Jonathan Malm, Set the Stage, is chocked full of philosophy and ideas for improving your church stage designs. Sprinkled throughout, are quick tips from some of the top stage designers out there. Check out the full collection here, then check out Set the Stage, to get even more help taking your stage designs from mediocre to great: ... Continue Reading

A Word on Church Outreach Etiquette

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Recently, my church held a large event for our town: a fireworks celebration. It didn’t go as planned. (You can hear more about it in episode sixty-one of the ChurchMag podcast and in this article about some of the lessons I learned from it.) We hold the event at the small, regional airport located in our town. On the opposite side of the fireworks, across a large field that runs along our town, is a set of pee-wee soccer fields and another church. This other church has an almost perfect view ... Continue Reading

Christian Business Ethics: Meet Steve Jobs [Discussion]

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I am deeply haunted by Jesus' words as he has just begun his three year ministry, gained his disciples, and was talking with the local community. Mark 8:34-38 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet ... Continue Reading

Gender Equality In Tech and Gaming [Video]


I am blessed enough when I was running my church technology team that I had a diverse demographic within the church congregation. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely privileged white Americans, but I had stay-at-home moms, teens, college students, retirees, and working dads all on the groups with their own specialties. The fact that I had each person in a different psychosocial stage of life, genders, level of technology and church communication competence, and character backgrounds made our ... Continue Reading