Spaceship Simulator Built with Old RV

LHS BIKESHED

These DIY hackers built an amazing spaceship simulator from an old RV camper and old computer parts they had around. Mixed with some newer tech, this has got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Check this out: ... Continue Reading

Church Conference Etiquette … Don’t Be That Guy!

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Well, the day has finally come. You've been waiting for weeks. Your flight itinerary is printed out, your bags are packed with that perfect not-too-stuffy brand of business casual, and you can't wait to be out of the office for a few days. Yes, it's time for a conference. Oh, and this isn't just any ministry conference. This is THAT ministry conference that will solve all of your woes, give you renewed vision and perspective, ensuring a lifetime of happy, healthy service to God and ... Continue Reading

What Happens When People Have Fun?

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Have fun. Please, have fun? I firmly believe Christians could use some help in this area of their lives. In fact, in our recent reader survey, a few submissions specifically noted that ChurchMag would be better if there was less fun. I have not figured out exactly why fun can be such an aversion for some, but when I see stuff like this (pictured below), it reinforces to me the importance of bringing fun and joy alongside whatever you do. Take a look at this live chat screenshot that was taken ... Continue Reading

2 Things Church Tech Volunteers Need

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Depending on the size of your church, your technology budget, and the core vision of your church, ministries can function in very different ways. Before you can build a team you need to know why the team exists. My team’s purpose is to spend time together growing in relationship and serving all those who call our church home. On the tech team we have the distinct privilege of serving not only the body, but the musicians, the teachers, and each other—literally everyone within our Sunday morning ... Continue Reading

A Year Without Video Backgrounds

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With the advent of cheaper projection systems and the "digital age," we have moved from hymnals to stage screens. Screens are more cost efficient and easier for everyone in the church body. Hymnals are hard to revise and as Christian worship music continues to increase in diversity and hit our culture at a much quicker pace, so we are able to be more dynamic. However, that doesn't mean we should throw the kitchen sink at it. ... Continue Reading

Church Usher Training Video

Every Life Has A Story Screencap

The video below is from Chick-fil-A and was “created to remind us that everyone we interact with is a chance to create a remarkable experience.” While it was produced as a type of training video for their employees, I think many church usher teams (as well as anyone on church staff or volunteers) should consider sharing this and/or made this a part of their training process. ... Continue Reading

Keeping It Small in a Big Church

lego church big but small

Have you even been a part of a group that was small and had genuine community? Others on the outside of the community want in. The relationships and sense of belonging are attractive, so the group grows. Pretty quickly you identify a problem: As the community gets bigger, people feel more disconnected, and the relationships and sense of belonging that drew you in the first place are harder to come by. This can, and often does, happen as a church grows from a small, close-knit community into a ... Continue Reading

Gavin Adams Talks About the Church Experience

Watermarke Church Screen

I recently came across a fairly new blog by Gavin Adams by way of a very catchy titled blog post, So We Sang “Let It Go” From Disney’s Frozen in Church! You can clearly see why I would click on something like this. :) What I found was both a great round-up of articles as well as further proof that we live in a small world. It turns out, Gavin Adams is the Lead Pastor of Watermarke Church, a campus location of North Point Ministries. For those that don't know, North Point Ministries has ... Continue Reading

Breaking World Records and Helping Others

world record attempt by liquid church

There are a lot of churches that know how to market themselves well, and one of those churches is Liquid Church in New Jersey. It always seems like they’re doing some new and creative, but not just for the sake of being cool and creative. There is always an underlying purpose that drives them — the purpose of Jesus Christ. There newest and latest action is particularly cool — and it happens tomorrow! ... Continue Reading

A Coffee Shop Based on the Honor System [Video]

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This is one of those delightful things that you usually only find in a small town. A place where everyone knows your name and the feeling of anonymity only happens to ‘outsiders’ and ‘strangers.’ Nonetheless, this is a delightful story of a coffee shop completely based on the honor system, and while you won’t find the best of brews at this small town coffee shop, you will find a lot of honest people: ... Continue Reading