An Example of How to Exegete Image in Worship

The root word for religion is the same root word found in ligament. A ligament is connective tissue that holds two body parts together. In the church, we are the body of Christ and our religion is the connective tissue that holds us together. What if you were to build a worship service around this image? Here’s a quick brainstorm about how that might look.

The Complete Checklist For Designing Creative Worship In 60 Minutes

Sometimes it can be daunting to turn a good idea into a creative worship experience. To help, I’ve pulled an easy checklist of essential strategic elements every worship service needs. Download this PDF for free and use it at your next meeting.

A Note About this Blog

As my thoughts have evolved, I have realized that it is helpful to split my posts up into two basic categories: the creative process, and creative arts in ministry. Here is my plan for these two specific audiences.

4 Rules for Getting Healthy Feedback For Your New Creative Work

One of the great ironies of the creative process is that when we create, we want recognition and affirmation for our work, but the need to validate ourselves through other’s opinions is the very thing that almost always does damage – at times devastating – to our creativity.

5 Ways Creativity Will Make Your Worship More Meaningful

I didn’t know it at the time, but for about five years I was blessed to be part of a singular experience designing worship. We didn’t think what we were doing at our church was special; we were just having fun and making stuff. But the impact was far reaching. Here are five sustainable ideas from that experience that are more relevant today than ever.

Why We’re Missing the Mark on Metaphor and What To Do About It

If you’re like me, you were educated to make an argument by framing a proposition with statistical and anecdotal supporting evidence. While facts aren’t bad, the key to powerful communication is not analysis but the use of metaphors common to shared community life.

My 3 Part Plan to Help Church Become More Meaningful for People

This blog exists to live out a life mission statement I’ve followed since I was a young student, frustrated with the esoteric language and symbols of the church. I have dedicated my career to helping the local church improve its ability to tell the story of Jesus. Here is why I do what I do and the core commitments I believe can make a difference.

How Many of These 10 Problems Do You Experience In Church?

Len Wilson Worship Arts

The key to vitality is to move yourself and others from consumption, where we are conformed to patterns of decline, to creativity, where we are transformed by our God-given impulse and calling to make things new.

eBook Reviews for Church Creatives Pt 3: The Worship Media Handbook

his is the third in a series of reviews of current resources available for visual worship artists and church creatives. See part 1 here. See part 2 here.  The Worship Media Handbook 101 page ebook, PDF format, $19.99, published 1-22-2014. Link to buy here. Who Wrote It: by Jeff McIntosh, published by churchmotiongraphics.com What it is: The Worship Media Handbook is a 101 page ebook on the fundamentals of worship projection that will help you and your church media team prepare, edit and project worship lyric slides with excellence.    Cool Features Designed for anyone who is involved in the worship lyric projection process and is looking to improve the quality of their worship slides. It covers all the major topics of the worship projection process from slide design, text editing and presenting live It describes in detail the best methods to compose, edit and present professionally crafted worship slides. After reading the handbook you will have a well-rounded knowledge of presentation design and be able to communicate your messages more clearly.  What’s In It Jeff has created a new generation book for beginners in “visual worship,” also known as worship projection, that covers a variety of design essentials every artist / producer / creative who is given the task of managing screens in worship will need. Jeff covers font usage, suggested fonts (avoid Comic Sans!), the case for consistency and design standards and layout for type such as song lyrics. He also covers image backgrounds with type; “motions,” or looping animations; “mini-movies,” or … Read More

Why Most Visual Art in Worship Isn’t Really Art

The off-hand tweet that has illuminated my thinking about the visual arts in church.

5 Tips on Critiquing Creatives

Getting the best results from your co-creators requires an artful approach to critique and encouragement.