Media

4 Tips for a Better Church Media Resume

Two of the fastest growing areas of ministry within the Church are media and technology. This opens the door for those of us who may not have considered full-time ministry before to see ways that we may be able to serve the Kingdom through the unique gifting God has given us.

If you’re looking to land a gig in tech/media ministry at a local church, consider these tips for building an awesome resume.

1. Share Your Passion
You’re not applying for a job as a short order cook – you’re applying for a job where you can use your technical skills and creative passion to serve Christ and His Church. Communicate that in your resume. Make sure that whoever is hiring knows that you possess not just the skills for the job, but the passion as well.

2. Show. Don’t Tell.
Since you’re applying for a creative position, use your skills to fashion a unique resume. It’s one thing to say that you’re creative – it’s another thing to show it. Make your resume stand out by adding some color and work representative of what you could do for the church if hired. If your role is less creative and more technical, include a portfolio with a couple of case studies of solutions you’ve implemented. If you have experience with design, ditch the templates and use design programs to create a custom resume.

3. Get Technical
Don’t be afraid to be technical in your descriptions of your skills and proficiencies. Be sure to demonstrate the tools and programs you’ve used in the past, and communicate your versatility and flexibility. The church you’re applying to probably has other “techies” on staff or at least consulting in the hiring process, and you’ll want them to know what you’re capable of. Programs in the Adobe Suite and Final Cut are ideal for creative positions, but Microsoft programs like Excel and Word (or their Google Drive counterparts) are important too. Experience with a particular camera, mixing console, or presentation software will also help you stand out from other candidates.

4. Why This Church?
In addition to sharing your passion for serving the church in a ministry capacity, it’s important to note why you want to serve THIS church. It’s not unusual for an organization to get dozens of resumes – stand out by showing that you don’t just want A job, but you want THIS job. Show that you’ve done your homework on what the church values and how they serve, and how you see yourselves connected seamlessly with their vision.

What have you done with your resumes in the past? If you hire tech and media folks, what are you looking for?

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Leadership

Say it, Show it, Be it: Mission Statements

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I never thought mission and vision statements were that important until I came across organizations that didn’t know why they even existed. This is a common shortcoming of the least likely places including the church. The church should be the last place to be without vision or mission, but sadly, our mantra is often missed by people (and parishioners) our churches daily encounter. I have had conversations with congregants and pastors that were not able to articulate the vision or mission of the church. I have heard such comments like, “Well, I guess we exist to worship God,” or “Well, I’m not really sure what our mission is—maybe to be good people?” While yes, it’s great to worship God, it can essentially be done out of the context of Church. Yes, it is lovely to be good people but there are great people everywhere. So the question prevails, why does your organization exist? What is your purpose, where are you going and who are you doing it for?

An organization without vision makes it impossible to lead others to a destination. Leaders must be the ones to provide vision and to frame the “why” in everything you do. When crafting your mission statement make sure it has these two elements:

  1. Know the why in your “why.”

Do you know why your organization exists? Is it to make it easier for people to communicate? Or maybe it’s for people to have a transformational experience with Jesus. Either way, you have to actually sit down and think about what you’re hoping people will experience when they buy your product or walk in your doors. If you don’t know why you exist, chances are that people and customers aren’t going to know why they gave your product a chance and are less likely to return. Transformation starts with the vision and ends with movement—make it easier for people to do that through casting good vision and mission.

  1. Keep it clean so that it can shine.

There is nothing worst than coming across a mission statement that is impossible to memorize and quickly spout off. Make sure your mission statement is clear and concise so that it becomes second nature for people in your organization to articulate it. Making sure your mission statement is clear and concise will allow it to stand on its own and shine. By doing so, you’re leaving zero room for confusion as to what your purpose is. If your mission statement can’t be said in just a few words, you’re overthinking it and making it difficult for people to come alongside your goal.

I have a personal mission statement that I’m going to share for you so that you have an idea of what a clean and simple mission statement looks like. My mission is the following, “Creatively helping others pursue their gifts and purpose through a catalytic relationship with Jesus.” That’s it; there aren’t multiple points or even sentences. I can spout it off when someone asks why I’m engaged in ministry, or why I write—“to creatively help others pursue their gifts and purpose through a catalytic relationship with Jesus.” Having a clean mission statement helps me stay on mission and to not deviate away from where God has called me.

Okay, now that you’ve crafted a mission statement, say it, show it, and be it. Say it as often as you can in staff meetings, or on the stage of your church. Show it in all your literature, your website, and your branding. Be it in your ethos and values as an organization. Live towards daily expressions of your mission and you will notice more and more people getting on board for what you’re attempting to accomplish. Be missional, and be a visionary.

Communication

Three Steps Every Communicator Should Take to Prepare.

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For some of the more seasoned communicators these steps will be elementary, however certainly a good reminder. For those of you that are just starting your call to ministry, I find these steps helpful in my preparation. I hope you find them helpful too. Communication is your opportunity to creatively connect the dots between people’s experience and faith, so do it justice. So here are three steps every communicator should take to prepare a talk.

  1. Do your homework. 

Pastors, I beg you—please do your homework.  Spend time with your talk; let it stew in your brain for a few days (at least). Read as many secondary sources as you can get your hands on for your topic, read, read some more, read commentaries, listen to music, and watch movies on your topic.   You should never write your talk the day before you’re giving it, that doesn’t do justice to creating space for God to communicate through you. Be ahead of your sermon by at least one week, meaning you should have your sermon written the Sunday before it is given.  This will allow you enough time to make major edits and to rework areas that simply don’t work.

 

  1. Manuscript

There is nothing worse than hearing a communicator that hasn’t thought through the implications of her or his words.  Clearly lay out what you’re attempting to convey by crafting the single most persuasive thing you want to leave your audience thinking and go from there.  By starting at the end, you know the direction of your talk.  Write exactly what you want to say so that you’re not deviating from the point of your talk.

I realize that some of you are great at speaking off-the-cuff and sensing the movement of the Spirit. However, I’m willing to bet that this is not a gift of a majority of communicators. For those of you that have a habit of sensing God calling you to add points to your sermon at the last minute, I would recommend resisting the urge to edit while communicating. Trust that God has illuminated in advance, what he wants your congregation to hear.  Don’t get yourself in trouble because you haven’t thought through what you’ve added last minute (this includes terrible jokes).

  1. Outline and Memorize

Congrats, you’ve made a manuscript now shrink it to an outline and start to memorize key points.  By outlining your talk, you’re assuring that you don’t lose your voice.  Far too often when reading directly from the manuscript we start reading instead of communicating for understanding.  I’m very guilty of this, but I’ve come to realize that it’s a crutch for our own comfort.  Memorize key points and transitions from your talk, it will help things flow nicely and you can walk away from your outline and make stronger connections with your audience.   Don’t just say it–show it.

What have you found helpful when preparing a sermon or talk?

I’d love to know for my own communication habits.

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Create Conference 2015

For those of us who serve the same people in the same place week after week, it can be incredibly refreshing to be encountered by new people and new ideas. In fact, we need this kind of engagement if we want to keep growing as leaders. This is why we love conferences, and are so honored to be a part of a select few each year. First on the docket for us is one that we’ve been involved with for several years now – Create Conference in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The team at Create does a great job of creating an experience that makes all of us better leaders and better communicators. This year, keynotes include creative leaders like Tod Poison, Animator and Storyteller, Whitney George of Church on the Move, and pastoral leaders like Brent Cantelon, Carey Neuhoff, Jonathan Lambert, and Bill Markham. You’ll be inspired by the worship, encouraged and challenged by the speakers, and changed by the relationships you’ll forge with other creative leaders in the church.

We love this conference and the passionate folks who have put it on for four years now. Don’t let the name fool you – this is not just a conference for creatives – it’s for your whole team! From senior pastors to worship leaders to kids and student pastors, everyone on your church leadership can benefit from the time of renewal and learning. We’re thrilled to be apart of it and hope to see you there.

(Side note: the conference is about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, so why not load up the van and bring the whole fam?!)

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3 Mother’s Day Resources for Kids

It’s that time again where Kids Pastor’s and Leaders everywhere are trying to find ideas for Mother’s Day! Let us help you in your search by giving you a couple resources to consider for this week’s service.

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No seriously, you could find a million ideas on Pinterest. That’s the good news and the bad news! There are so many ideas, that you may not even know where to start! We’ve helped by providing a board specifically about Mother’s Day and what you can be doing in your Kids Ministry on Sunday morning. Check out the WorshipHouse Kids Pinterest Page

yourockmomYou Rock, Mom! Curriculum

If you are looking for a full service set up on Mother’s Day, then you’re gonna love this curriculum. It’s based around Proverbs 31 and has everything from bible points, scriptures, backgrounds, logos, games and music ideas, and most importantly a Mother’s Day Activity Sheet. You can see a low-resolution preview of the activity sheet and purchase it at Worship House Kids.

yancy_all_about_familyBundles for Mom

Take advantage of Mother’s Day bundles and collections which not only scores you a lot of media, but saves you money. Here are a couple bundles you should consider for your Mother’s Day activities.