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Inspiration for the July 4th Celebration at Your Church!

Inspiration for the July 4th Celebration at Your Church

Summer is right around the corner, and the firework stands will be opening before we know it! July 4th is the biggest summer celebration we have, and it’s one of the greatest opportunities to reach our community. Make the most of this patriotic celebration by planning your stars and stripes themed experience now. Whatever plans you make, be sure and include a creative community-wide celebration that connects people of all ages to your church. Throwing a big summer bash will bring in new guests and the fun atmosphere will be an amazing way to share your church’s vision with newcomers! Remember, every event we plan is about the one life. I look forward to hearing how a big event in your church can become a big event in someone’s life.

Inspiration for the July 4th Celebration at Your Church:

1. Light it up!
Light up your experience, day or night! If you have an evening experience, include a fireworks show and provide glow sticks. If it’s during the daylight, set up some fun confetti and streamer stations for the kids! Everyone will love the festive July 4th touch!

2. Take them to the movies!
DIY a big screen and have a movie night! Project a movie onto the side of your building and invite everyone to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. This is a fantastic and economical way to throw a summer night bash!

3. Bring out the foodies!
Food Trucks are a crowd favorite! Schedule to have a few food truck options for guests during the event and invite local vendors from your community to set up tents and sell family-festival-friendly foods! You don’t have to pay, just provide!

4. Make it magic for the kids!
This is a family-friendly holiday, so consider events that reach the whole family. Face painting, balloon animals, puppet shows, bubbles, crafts, and games are all great ideas to scatter throughout the celebration!

5. Make it musical!
Have live music, invite church-friendly bands or have a fun-in-the-sun playlist going throughout the event. Having some tunes will set the tone and give your party some extra pizzazz!

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Top 10 Ways for Your Church to Thrive in 2018!

Top 10 Ways For Your Church To Thrive In 2018!

2018 is off to an amazing start! And for so many of the churches who have partnered with Creative Pastors, things are only going to get better! I am so honored to be a part of this community of leaders, and I want to encourage you to continue to cast vision and get into the raw and real as the year continues. To help, our team has come up with a list of the “Top 10 Ways For Your Church to Thrive.” Check it out below, and we pray that this helps stretch your vision and get your creative muscles moving! I look forward to hearing all the success the rest of 2018 brings!

Blessings,
Ed Young

Top 10 Ways for Your Church to Thrive in 2018!

1. Cast the Vision! Begin a vision-focused series to re-direct your church’s attention to the reason we exist–to bring people to Christ! For message inspiration, check out the series, The Table!

2. Engage All Ages! Partner with your Kids’ Ministry for a weekend message. Put together an Adventure Week or a Vacation Bible School through the Kids’ Ministry and use your weekend experience to show off all the fun lessons and creativity from the week! Download some great curriculum Here!

3. Kick off Camp Right! Make drop-off day for your summer camp an event for kids and parents. Use all the video footage from camp week to put together an epic camp recap, and share it with parents and the rest of the church during the following weekend experience.

4. Ignite Your Social Media Engines! Promote heavily on social media all week long as you share the weekend experience through photos your team captures on Sunday.

5. Get Back to the Basics! Have generic church invite cards to hand out. Just extending the invite to your church without a series or promotion is sometimes the best way to bring in those who have never shown up.

6. Broadcast Vision Victories! Regularly share life-change stories of people coming to Christ through the hard work of the church. It’s a great way to get the community pumped for more to come!

7. Baptize! Do a special believer’s baptism, and make it an event they can invite their friends and family to. Networking through new members is a great way to extend the reach of your church!

8. Start Them Young! Have a kid-specific believer’s baptism celebration for friends and family to attend as well. Having a theme like “pizza party baptism” gets kids excited about the event and draws in parents to learn more!

9. Get Ahead of the Game! Prepare for Fall NOW with one of our amazing series. For Fall series inspiration, Click Here!

10. Look for Inspiration Everywhere! Follow other churches on social media, watch other pastors’ messages, steal (yes, we said it!) content and concepts. Remember: God gave you eyes, so plagiarize! Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and building on the ideas of others is how we learn and grow!

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Top 6 Ways To Keep Your Church Creative

Creative Pastors Blog - February 2018

We all know that God is a creative God. The fifth word in the Bible reminds us of that fact. As His creation, we’re made in that creative image. But the question we have to ask is: Are we doing all we can to weave our God-given creativity into the fiber and fabric of our churches? God invented creativity, Jesus modeled it, the Holy Spirit empowers it, and people need it! That’s why my creative team and I have put together 6 quick tips to help you bring out your God-given creativity and use them to transform your weekend experiences!

Blessings,
Ed Young

Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Church Creative:

1. Craft effective illustrations. Develop new and creative ways to illustrate your point in each message! Whether you paint while you teach, unpack suitcases, or sit on a fence, exciting illustrations help drive home your main point!

2. Creative meetings take you places! Hold a weekly meeting with your creative team that is nothing more than a “brain dump!” Write down every idea that comes out — good, bad, or ugly. Avoid words like “can’t” and “no” in this meeting. Then, take some time to follow them through and to see where they lead!

3. Hit the magic number. Every experience should be 60 minutes long, including worship, the message, announcements, and all! Keeping it short and sweet leaves people excited for the next experience and hits right within the average attention span!

4. Mix it up! The Message should remain the same, but the methods should constantly change. Do what you can to switch up your service. Try new elements. Change the order of what happens. Use new people on stage. Combine old songs in with new songs. Do whatever you can to make it a memorable experience!

5. Creative elements are key. Sprinkling in creative elements throughout the experience is an easy and effective way to “wow” newcomers and get the energy in the room up! Here is an example of one of Fellowship’s most powerful creative elements we’ve ever done: Click Here!

6. ATTEND C3 CONFERENCE 2018. Nothing gets your creative juices flowing like taking a break and rubbing shoulders with other creative leaders! Join us for C3 Conference 2018 this February 14-15! Register Today!

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How To Grow Your Church In 2018

Creative Pastors Blog - January 2018

Happy New Year! Right now, each of us is thinking and praying about what we can do to make the biggest impact in our ministries. In a word, it comes down to VISION. We need to say it, spray it, wheel it, deal it, and make people feel it! Constantly casting and recasting the vision of the church is the best way to get-and keep-people involved and excited about the purpose of the church! (For one of my favorite vision series, check out The Table!)

As we ring in 2018, we see so much potential. We want to help you reach that potential. So below, you’ll find 7 Vision Tips to help you reach and get newcomers involved in your church, not only for the new year but for years to come!

Blessings,
Ed Young

How to Grow Your Church in 2018:

1. Kick off the year with a bang! Starting the new year with a strong, new series will bring a lot of excitement to the church. We have so many series ideas to help you bring the new year to the people! Download them HERE.

2. Reach out. If you want the community in the church, take your church to the community! Go to local events and promote with teams of volunteers, signs, invites, and flyers.

3. Realize the power of a poster. Print posters to promote the weekend or an upcoming series! Spread the word and put up posters at schools, coffee shops, community boards, etc. EVERYWHERE is a promotion opportunity!

4. Sign UP to bring them IN! Promote with BIG signs on or around your building to bring in the BIG crowds. Great signage is attention-grabbing, so the bigger, the better!

5. Make it personal. Plan a message on evangelism and make a point to challenge your church to invite, invite, invite. Hand out packs of flyers and invites after service to everyone and really initiate the invite!

6. Take advantage of social media reach. Create a Facebook event, spread it through your staff and volunteers, and watch the checkmarks pour in! Facebook events are a great way to get the community involved in the inviting process. What easier way to invite all of your friends and family to church than over social media?!

7. Please, un-silence your cellphones. Challenge everyone to take out their phone during service (yes, DURING service) and text at least one person, inviting them to your new series!

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7 Tips To Make Your Christmas Service Run Smoothly

Creative Pastors Blog - December 2017

This is the time of the year where so many people are willing to give God and the Church one more try, and our goal is to make sure they come back! One of the most important aspects to any meaningful experience is making sure we don’t miss a beat. Thats why the FC Creative team and I have come up with 7 tips and tricks to help make your Christmas service run smoothly and seamlessly. Remember, it’s all about those small tweaks, because small tweaks take you to giant peaks!

Blessings,
Ed Young 

7 Tips to Make Your Christmas Service Run Smoothly:

1. Get the Party Started Right
Make your pre-service memorable with fun Christmas trivia! We have created this FREE Christmas Trivia Slideshow you can play on the big screen as guests are coming in.

2. Say it, Spray it, Wheel it, Deal it, Make Them Feel it
This season is a time that requires a lot more time and energy from our volunteers. Make sure you are casting EXTRA vision to keep the energy high and excitement up for this busy season.

3. Practice Makes Perfect
Rehearsing is crucial. Having a few run-throughs of not only the worship music, but the Scriptures, welcome, and announcements will make the entire thing seamless. Have everyone who will be on stage or helping stage at each rehearsal so everyone is prepared.

4. Don’t Play Musical Chairs
Make sure your service doesn’t include multiple times where the audience moves from sitting to standing and back to sitting. This can be uncomfortable for people and have a “musical chairs” feel. Think through this BEFORE your first Christmas experience. Make sure it is communicated clearly when you want the audience to sit and stand throughout the service.

5. Transitions Are Crucial
Great transitions make a great service! Flawless transitions between worship, carols, special elements, the messages, and announcements will make the service feel tight and add to that WOW! factor newcomers are looking for.

6. Set the Stage Crew up for Success
Have stage crew on hand and rehearsed to take band equipment on and off stage in between transitions. This will help speed up the transition and look much better from the audience’s perspective.

7. Have a Creative Critique Meeting
Invite your top creativity consultants to rewatch the first message immediately after the service ends. Go over the entire service with a fine-tooth comb and have a critique session to improve any loose ends!