Since becoming a father, creative arts pastor, and growing as an artist over the past couple of years, I’ve had a pretty weighty thought on my mind constantly. I learned from Andy Stanley years ago that you always need to replace yourself. This task is both humbling and daunting. In thinking on it especially over the last few months I realize that replacing myself is less about just “my position or unique role”, and more about building and growing up others around me to be great in the same field(s).
I want to grow young artist to create things that we have never seen before that honors the Lord in ways that only HE can imagine.
Who are you growing today?
For this series we wanted to do something really special for the video bumper. The video bumper is what set’s up the main talk for the day. The artwork for this series was so fun and playful, that we thought it would be fantastic to to create a stop motion bumper.
First, we brainstormed what we wanted it to look like, and then we wrote out what our little stick figure would encounter on his journey:
From there, our amazing creative team animated our scene and cast, then took over 100 pictures to moving the scenes inch-by-inch.
We then decided on the speed/pace that we wanted our video to run at (180 beats per minute or 3 frames per second). Added our music and the series graphic at the end, and here’s what we ended up with:
Potential Me from Friendship Creative on Vimeo.
The last step in the 4D Creative Process is Develop. This is where the rubber meets the road. We have dreamed, defined, & designed the idea, now it’s time to execute. What good is an idea that never is birthed into reality? Answer: not a good idea. When we put our dreams into action we can literally change the world. Get inspired, go dream it, but more importantly go do it!
A few things to help you get it done:
Know what you can do and get help with the rest. “Teamwork makes the dream work” is a true statement.
Understand what motivates you and stay around that.
Stay organized. That’s why there are three previous steps before we say “Go!”.
Read this book.
…and this one.
Dream, Define, Design, Develop. There is nothing He can’t do. Let’s not get in the way.
“That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” – Colossians 1:29, NLT
I’m a drummer at heart. The first instrument I learned to play was the drums and it was my primary instrument until I graduated from Liberty University. My dad has been a drummer since he was 13. I actually learned how to play on the same set he did from 1963. A blue oyster pearl colored set of Roxy’s, made in Germany.
As a by-product of my raisin’, I’m a lover of music and vintage. So on a recent trip to a local antique store I just had to have this old snare drum stand (like the one my dad used to use).
Since we just built new offices are Friendship Church, I decided I wanted to turn this snare stand into an end table for my new space. The whole project only cost $15 and took about 20 minutes to complete. First, I took a 1/2″ piece of plywood and ripped it to 14″ square.
Then I drilled holes through the metal arms of the drum stand and fastened the wood top to the stand.
The final step was to sand and apply clear coat to the wood surface. There ya go! A perfect end table for any music lover.
Some other worship guys and myself have teamed up to bring the worship guy from Granger Community Church for a Worship In The Sticks event. What is “Worship In The Sticks”? Glad you asked! Click the logo for more info and to register today!
Released in April of this year, I highly suggest you check out “God Of Victory” from The Village Church in Texas. Great content with excellent music behind it.
Click here for a preview of the album.
Click here to buy the album on iTunes.
Click here to buy the album on Amazon mp3.
[This is a re-post of “Easter, Excellence, & Creativity” on ChurchForTheArts.com]
Church Leaders say that there are 2 weekends a year that people who wouldn’t regularly come to a church service will come: Easter & Christmas.
Easter is here and I challenge everyone who has any small or large role in their church service(s) this weekend to make it the best service of the year. If you’re a door greater, make them feel more welcome than anyone in the history of the world. If you’re behind the scenes, watch for flow and communication. If you’re on the platform, GO FOR IT like you never have before.
This weekend may be your only chance to make an impact on one particular life for the fame of Jesus. Make it count. Have fun, get creative, and execute with excellence.