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Your Media Team...

Your Media Team...

Quick thought going into this week for all of you involved in planning your church's worship service...

Make sure you are including your visual/media/lighting team in the planning process; they can add a lot of ideas and creativity!  If they aren't part of your staff day-to-day and work a full-time job elsewhere, grab coffee with them one evening after your meetings and let them start thinking and dreaming up ways to be visually creative in your space.

So many times I see churches who simply tell their media people what to show, what to light, or what to present, but I just want to challenge and encourage you as leaders to let others voice their thoughts and creativity, and within reason, allow them to follow through with those plans when it's appropriate.

I was allowed the freedom to do that at my church, and it was an incredible blessing to get to experiment and try new things visually, but within the boundaries set by my leaders.  Often times I would fail in one way or another, and that's OK - actually, I encourage it - but make that happen during the week when you're only prepping for Sunday, not during an actual service where something can be a distraction.  With that said, I think failing at something pushes you past the fear of "messing up" and towards more and better creativity.

Your visual media person/team is just as important as someone on stage and they should be treated as such!  Take them to lunch or buy them coffee, listen to them, and when you can, let them do something.

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