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 way, so if you’re considering building one of these sets for your next design, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
One of my biggest frustrations during a church service is when the media operator (the person running lyrics & sermon slides) just isn’t on the ball. It’s hard for the entire crowd not to be distracted when slides are early, late, or just not there; which is why the media operator is arguably the most important role on the production team.
It turns out that often times the mistakes made by media operators have more to do with a lack of training than a lack of talent.
With volunteers, a little direction goes a long way, so I’ve assembled this list of my seven favorite tips to help your media operator become a pro presenter (excuse the pun). [Read more…] about 7 Pro Tips for Media Operators
I’m a visual learner. While I can stumble my way through learning something new on my own, I learn best by watching others work and figuring out why they do things the way they do. In that spirit, we at ChurchMag thought it would be a good idea to let you peer into the work habits of some of our writers with the hope that you’ll pick up some new ways to get things done.
While most people push the importance of Facebook and Twitter for their church’s social media engagement, I’ve found — at least for student ministry in a big city area — that Instagram has been the most fruitful and effective platform for interacting with my audience. I find that most churches treat Instagram as the metaphorical sidecar of their marketing, but its popularity among those in their teens and twenties has made it a strong tool for engaging your audience.
Unfortunately, because churches seem to be so late to the Instagram game, I see many organizations that just aren’t utilizing it to its full potential.
Here are six tips that will help you step up your Instagram game and effectively strengthen your church’s social media strategy. Note: Many of these tips can apply to other social media platforms, but this article was written with Instagram in mind.