I’ve authored nine books on the subject of creativity and communication in church life. My tenth book, tentatively titled Two Percent: Secrets to a More Creative and Fulfilling Life, will be released on May 1, 2015. Here are short descriptions of my titles:
A lot of leaders try to design worship with a team. Instead of taking flight, they crash and burn. What causes teams of sincere, hard-working believers to fail? My Midnight Oil partner Jason Moore and I look at worship teams and dissect five common problems that keep worship grounded at many churches.
The Wired Church 2.0 (2008)
This revised edition of the media ministry classic keeps the timeless principles that drive successful local church video and graphic design ministries, and looks at some important new issues facing churches today.
My Midnight Oil partner Jason Moore and I summarized his art school education into eight basic principles for creating images in worship and other ministry settings. The purpose of this book was to to more accurately define the directive to “be a student of the culture” and speak a visual language.
Still used by many seminaries as a primary text, Digital Storytellers is my first theology of image in worship. It casts a wide net in identifying 7 characteristics of an emerging digital culture and outlines how to use images from culture in worship. These Digital DNA are perhaps more relevant today than when I wrote them: creativity, team, story, metaphor, ambiguity, participation, and experience.
Fresh Out of the Box, Volumes 1-4 (2002-3)
After Jason Moore and I left Ginghamsburg Church, and before we started Midnight Oil Productions, we co-founded and operated a little outfit called Lumicon Digital Productions for a little under two years. We were supposed to provide resources to churches using screens in worship settings. We were a little ahead of the market. The Fresh Out of the Box series were some of the services we designed, packaged into book form for easy use.
The original, best-selling media ministry book. I was fortunate to be first to market on the screens-in-worship trend just as it began to take off. When I look at it now, I see a very young author. I am grateful that many people have told me it was helpful in their own understanding of the use of screens in a worship setting.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 years old, and published my first work at 16: “Hourglass”, a short story for the national student literary magazine Merlyn’s Pen (April-May, 1987). Unfortunately, it’s out of print.