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5 Ways to Do Church Communication on the Cheap

Joe Porter on inexpensive communication ideas: “If I had an unlimited communications budget, then I would _______.” I would make a pretty confident bet that no church has dedicated an unlimited amount of funds to communications. In fact, most of us operate on what we consider a limited budget. This…

Good Friday Service Recap & Ideas

Chris Vacher describes his Good Friday service: At Compass we do a Good Friday service where we focus squarely on the crucifixion of Christ and what it means for us. Good Friday is a holiday in Canada and most people are able to attend a daytime service. Good Friday becomes…

Pastors and Pay: A How-To Guide for Negotiating Your Salary

Matthew Hoskinson on ministry salaries: It seems awfully unspiritual to talk about pastoral remuneration, especially during the candidating process. After all, if the Lord wants you to minister somewhere, hasn’t he promised to provide for you? And didn’t George Mueller pray meals to the front door of his orphanage? Why…

How to Change the Perception of Christianity in the Culture

Phil Cooke on the new show “The Moment” for the USA Network: Our team at Cooke Pictures recently spent a few days in San Jose working with Grace Hill Media shooting a promo for NFL great Kurt Warner’s new show “The Moment” for the USA Network. It’s a program that…

Copyright License Clarification

I have yet to meet anyone who has a full and clear understanding of copyright law. One thing I know for certain is that most people (and this includes churches, schools, businesses, and pretty much everyone) take liberties beyond what the law allows. In a church situation, this can be…

Barna: Tithing Trends

During tax season many Americans review their 2012 finances, including a look at how much and to whom they donated money last year. In a new poll from the Barna Group, more than half of Americans said they have donated money or items (or both) to a cause they cared…

Song Selection Tips

UK worship leader Andy John Smith talks about selecting songs for your praise set: 1. Choose songs that suit the context. It may seem obvious, but you should choose worship songs people will enjoy singing in the context in which you are leading. Are you leading worship at a youth…

Don Chapman Podcast: Decline of Christian Music

WorshipIdeas editor Don Chapman was interviewed last week on the nationally syndicated radio show “Speak Without Fear” by speaking coach Deb Sofield. In the interview (starting around 26:20) Don shares tips for artists on marketing their music, the decline of CCM and newsletter/blogging tips. Listen to the podcast at iTunes…

Choir Musings by a Soundman

David Stagl on trying to mic the choir: I think I’ve turned a corner in my career. Earlier this year our music department approached me about trying a choir at one of our PM services. Historically I haven’t been a fan of choirs, but I was actually into the idea…

What Do Americans Really Think About the Bible?

One of March’s media stories has been the success of the History Channel miniseries, The Bible. The first episode, which premiered on March 3, had 13.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the highest entertainment (read: non-sports) broadcast of 2013. The interest in a cable series makes it clear…

Don’t Waste Your Spike: Easter Attendance and Effective Follow Up

Almost every church in the world will see an attendance spike this week. In the this-is-really-obvious-research-finding, we found that Easter was the highest attended day of the church year. (OK, really, it was about Mother’s Day, as USAToday reported in a front page story on our data, but Easter was…

What the Non-Believer is Really Looking For In Your Worship Service

Do you ever stop and ask yourself, “Why do people visit my church?” Do you ever ask yourself, “Why don’t they come back?” Why is it that churches across the country see people coming in the front door only to have them exit the same door and never return? I…

The Modern Worship Revolution: Did It Help Us or Hurt Us?

In the mid to late 1990s, the “Modern Worship Revolution” was in full swing. I was finishing up college and the very first Passion album (Live Worship from the 268 Generation) was being released. Rock bands were becoming increasingly common in churches and the church music landscape was evolving significantly.…

How Production Design Changed My View Of Church

Hey my name is Peter aka NUBSY and I spend my days working for Hillsong Church as a production designer working on the way our church buildings and conferences look. I thought I’d try (as succinctly as possible) to explain why I’m so passionate about what I do. When I…

Worship Songs: Inferior Songwriting?

CCM artist Shaun Groves on worship songwriting: Songwriting is a craft. As in any craft – ice skating, painting, public speaking, cooking – there are best practices that border on being rules. These standards sometimes define the craft. For instance, if an ice skater glides into the spotlight carrying a…
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