One Roman nail

A Roman nail sits on my desk. It is accurately dated no later than 86 A.D.


Four critical details for multisite preaching

The MultiSite Guy, Jim Tomberlin, recently said “The multisite movement began as a radical idea, became the cool idea and now is the mainstream idea.” Indeed, multisite is quickly becoming the new norm for growing churches. And video venues are becoming a well-defined, but often misunderstood strategy in today’s church. ...
February 06, 2016   Mark Lenz

Church, how boring can it get?

Pretty boring as it turns out. "Rubber-stamped," some have called it.   It’s regrettable that many people in ministry can’t figure out how to keep their fires of creativity burning or even get them started. Does your leadership value imagination? In position descriptions for churches, I see the same statements repeated ...
November 22, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Reclaiming creativity in the church

"The church used to lead the way in influencing culture. Now the world is shocked whenever the church does something creative,” says Craig Groeschel addressing a room full of pastors. As a leader in church innovation, Craig offers valuable perspective on how this happened and the importance of restoring creativity ...
May 18, 2015  

5 ways to de-professionalize your worship

The primary complaint that I hear from congregants in many churches is that the worship service is too much of a show, and you may believe that to be true yourself. In an effort to have excellence in our worship experiences we may have overstepped. Here are some ways to ...
January 16, 2015   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

4 Types of Church Video Venues

Once churches discovered the value of video, the multi-site and satellite campus model went from a handful of mega churches to tens of thousands of churches. I have found that there are 4 types of church video venues.
August 06, 2014   Anthony Coppedge

5 things we need to repeatrepeatrepeat...

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 we have more people than another church!  So, let’s say ...
August 07, 2013   Doug Lawrence

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
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