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5 Ways to Foster Creativity In Your Church

I get the feeling that churches like left-brained people more. I don't think it's intentional, but we tend to gravitate toward people who have teaching and organizational gifts rather than creative gifts. Organizers help us structure the church for numerical growth in logical ways and typically like rules and traditions a little more than the left-brained crowd, so they're less scary and less threatening to our comfort zones. Personally, I think the church is missing out …

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Megalithe 1.0 – A Great New WordPress Theme for Bloggers

Into photography and photo-blogging? Have a portfolio of visual works to show off? You're going to love the new, mobile-responsive Wordpress theme just released by StudioPress - Megalithe 1.0. The Megalithe child theme includes the following features: 10 color styles, 6 layout options, custom background, custom header, featured images, fixed width, mobile responsive, theme options, threaded comments. So if you have your web hosting and a Wordpress-powered blog set up, …

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Welcome to the New Grace Hills Church Website

We've just finished re-designing GraceHillsChurch.com from top to bottom. Check out this screenshot (or click it to visit the real thing) and then read more below... (Note that we have a separate design for mobile users - you'll only see this if you're on a desktop browser or if you scroll to the bottom of the mobile version and switch to the desktop version.) Why the Redesign? Primarily, for better communication. Our former design looked okay, but its …

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Visual Inspiration and Great Links for Creative Leaders

Being creative is a reflection upon our Creator. To be more creative, observe beautiful things made by creative people. Every day, I read posts from around the web that showcase some amazing creative talent. Each is a link, so click the picture for more. Enjoy... …

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Check Out the Midnight WordPress Theme

If you're into building church websites or blogs with Wordpress (like I am), and you're pretty handy with customizing Wordpress themes, you may want to check out the newest premium Wordpress theme from StudioPress: Midnight Theme. Here's a screenshot... Before you buy it, do understand that I think the "simplicity" of premium theme frameworks is often overstated. I always feel bad when people buy a theme I recommend and then struggle to customize it. It is best to …

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What the Greatest Minds In Church Communications Know

Very little... in a good way. Last night, I sat in a big room at Saddleback where I was surrounded by geniuses in the field (speakers and panelists from Cultivate 2011 as we held three brief conversations about three different themes: How do we keep things simple? How do we keep things social? How do we make things viral? And here are the big themes I walked away with. None of us know much. We know trends. We know tools. We have a handle on culture. We can …

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Phil Cooke On the Biggest Mistakes Christians Make in the Media

This is an article that Pastors and anyone in the field of Church Communications needs to read and bookmark for later research. It's the short version of a talk that Phil gave at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Phil was instrumental in sparking a huge interest in me in the realm of media and communications when I met him at a conference at Prestonwood Church in Plano a few years ago. Here are Phil's main points, but you need to click through and read his …

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Wife In Ministry Gets A Unique Design

Every designer struggles from the same phenomenon. As much as we stress over pleasing clients, we find it even more challenging to please ourselves. We are our own worst critics. But I'll add that designing for our spouse probably tops the list. If there is anyone I want to make happy (and whom I believe deserves a sweetly designed blog), it's my awesome wife, Angie. So we've just re-designed her blog to be a bit more... Angie. I think she has ultimately struck a pretty …

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Amazing Examples of Animal Website Mascots

Love animals? Love great design? Love it when great design features greatly-designed animals? You'll love this collection... See the Full Collection …

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Understanding Typographical Hierarchy

I loved this article at the Typekit blog on typographical hierarchy. The article demonstrates why what comes first on the page isn't always what comes first to the reader. It's the kind of article that makes for a better web. Read the Article Hat Tip: Brian Hoff …

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