5 things we need to repeatrepeatrepeat...

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As we age, we often repeat ourselves, but I’ve been doing this since I was about twenty! Call it a fixation, or whatever you like, but, in the church, certain statements should be incessant. Our church is NOT successful because...

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5 reasons why Facebook is gaining subscriptions, the church...not so much

It takes a village, they say, to raise a child, and evidently it takes a social network to bring people together who have been isolated and alone.   It occurs to me that Mr. Rogers was the Dallas Willard of spiritual formation for children, and it might just be that Facebook ...
June 20, 2013   Doug Lawrence

Heart and Availability Trump Talent and Experience

“Dont’ be impressed by experience or ability; be impressed with heart and availability.” I’ll never forget the Sunday that we moved in to our new church auditorium, replete with all the new gear to make the room look and sound great. That’s when Mr. Expert showed up. It turns out he’d been ...
April 12, 2013   Anthony Coppedge

3 SAG Awards lessons for churches

I’ve been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for 48 years (Holy cinema, Sparky!) and that means that I get free DVDs of all the votable movies for the awards presentation each year. Whoopee! Yep, I get ‘em all—"Argo,” "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Misérables," "Silver Linings Playbook," ...
January 16, 2013   Doug Lawrence

Christmas Gift Ideas for Tech Arts Leaders

They’re behind-the-scenes guys and gals who show up early and stay late to ensure every service goes as smoothly as possible. They sit in the hot seat behind the audio console where hardly a service goes by without one person telling them it was ‘too loud’ and another informs them ...
December 12, 2012   Anthony Coppedge

Church Wider-Screen

Back in 2002 I wrote a widely-publicized article about all churches needing to make the move to 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen. Almost 11 years later, it turns out I was almost right. The idea that 16:9 aspect ratio allows for the width to type in song lyrics “more like they’re sung” without ...
December 07, 2012   Anthony Coppedge

Vision video for The Rock Church - Miles McPherson

"What if a church did so much for the city that the city couldn't imagine itself without it?" Check out this great overview of The Rock in San Diego.
November 04, 2012  

Pastors, Please Don't Ever Do This

I’ll never forget the moment I blew it live in front of 2,500 worshipers at church mixing Front of House on Sunday morning. I was 22 years old when the accident happened and the moment is seared into my mind. The senior pastor was wrapping up his sermon, leading everyone ...
September 19, 2012   Anthony Coppedge

10 things the Apple Store teaches pastors

Can you really learn how to make your church more effective by looking at the Apple Store culture? Carmine Gallo, has written a book called The Apple Experience: Secrets to Building Insanely Great Customer Loyalty. “The Apple Store is the most profitable retailer in America, generating an average of $5,600 ...
September 05, 2012   Doug Lawrence

Everybody Likes a Ferrari

Is more expensive technology what your church really needs? Sometimes, we're told that only "high end" equipment will solve our problems. Is this really true? Technology is a lot like cars: sure, everybody likes a Ferrari, but the majority of us would never use it as it’s meant to be ...
August 28, 2012   Anthony Coppedge

4 risks of being a "professional" Christian

Ministry is NOT neutral and I’m always curious to know what others have experienced in their churches. Many folks write to tell me their disconcerting stories. The names of my “informants,” for obvious reasons, have been changed!  Too much information   TMI is probably one of the biggest hazards of being ...
August 25, 2012   Doug Lawrence

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Using the latest technology can be an effective way to reach out to a culture steeped in audio, visual and digital technology — from sound systems, to LCD screens, photo, PowerPoint and video.