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One of the biggest takeaways from Catalyst Dallas, was from Andy Stanley’s second talk. I find it it pertains in a very literal way to all church creative and technology folks.

“If you don’t know why something is working when its working, you wont know how to fix it when it breaks” – Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley

It’s such a great truth for any organization. If you don’t know how your processes work, then when they stop working you won’t know how to put them back to work.

So for the technology related fields it’s super important. The more frequent you use the process, the more important it becomes. Think about all the tehcnology that you use for your Sunday service or services: lighting board, sound board, M/E switchers, microphones, cameras, lights, and an infinity of cables. Have you thought about how all this works? If your equipment stopped working today, would you have it fixed on time by Sunday?

And some things are just really super hard, for example, I have no idea how to fix a smoking machine or an intel light. I’m not sure if I would know how to fix a mic the first time I open it. I don’t even know if I could fix one ever!

But dive in where you can. Where you have seen that equipment sometimes flakes. What was one of the last things that went wrong or broke, that affected your service? Concentrate on things like this.

If we spend some time finding out how to repair our tech processes, I assure you, next time something goes wrong, you will be much better prepared. You will be the rockstar that saved us, instead of the one that dropped the ball.

As an exercise, spend some time looking at your equipment, your systems. Do you know how to fix them? It’s made me think a lot about it, and I’ve realized that there are parts where I can still improve. I could learn more all the time. It’s just a matter of setting time aside, and the return might not be obvious right away, but next time there are technical difficulties, you will know what to do.

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Seeds Conference

We tend to look at the the leaders in our niche and sigh thinking we will never get to where they are at. We cry because we want to be like them.We start thinking things like:

  • Why can’t this or that just be as easy as the situation x person is facing?
  • Gosh, if I had what x person has, my life would be better.
  • If I where in x persons place, I would do things differently.

I’ve posted about Seeds Conference in the past, and while I couldn’t make it out there this year, I know a few people who did. My friends at The Oaks Creative team were there. Creative media pastor Kelvin Co, tweeted this during Steve Furtick’s session.


That’s what this all comes down to. You really don’t know what that successful  person or ministry have endured to get where they are now.

I remember looking through a book of Hillsong’s history that my dad brought from a trip to Sydney, and noticing that they started in a little chapel. You wouldn’t think about that when you see their building today, but even Hillsong had humble beginnings.

This is true in all fields. Mark Zukkerberg started in his college dorm. Steve Job and Steve Wozniak started in Job’s garage. But regardless of where you are, do not compare your ministry or skills to someone else’s because:

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Michael Hyatt is the author of the book Platform. In the past he was CEO of Thomas Nelson

Michael is a great blogger. He blogs about work productivity focusing on intentional leadership. I’ve been following his blog for a while now. Using his blog platform and previous experience, Michael Hyatt started his podcast in 2012. He gives practical advice to live a more productive life.

This is Your Life - Michael Hyatt's Podcast

Among the topics that he covers are:

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Some Advice for College Students

Some Advice for College Students

This post is for college students.

Bryan Jarrett, my senior pastor, started a radio program when he was 16. He would tape himself preaching, then send the recordings to a radio station. He continued to do so until he was in college.

He’s now an experienced preacher. Really, check out the sermons. Many of the greatest started when they were nobodies. DUH!!

For a moment I stop and think what would be if my pastor would’ve never sent those tapes. Immediately I think of all the lives that were changed because of his ministry! Sure, God would have raised others. When we don’t respond to his calling, He will find others to fulfill it. But there was no need, because pastor Bryan accepted the challenge.

There’s no doubt that God is the most important piece of his story, but I also find it that his willingness to start at such young age is a big factor.

And then this makes me think about all the new college students who are starting out, especially Bible college students (since I graduated from a Christian University).

One of the things that I heard over and over at school form career services was, get experience now. It doesn’t matter in what capacity, maybe it’s a volunteer position or being an intern, but get that real life experience. College is good, but most employees (in our case churches) want to see your experience in the real world before they hire you.

The biggest mistake that college students make is thinking they will graduate and will land a full time job in their field without experience other than college. This might have been the case years ago, but now college grads are a dime a dozen. You need to have something that will set you apart besides college education.

Starting practicing your skills right now gives you an advantage.

And sure, the younger you develop a skill the better, but you don’t have to lament for not starting young, just start right now. The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is right now.

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Today is the Day

Today is the Day

Today is the day. The first day of the week. The first full week of February.

Today is special. You start a new week fresh. The problems of yesterday are becoming blurred.

I don’t know how your Sunday experience went.

Maybe it was the best experience you produced. Maybe everyone hit their cues on time. There were no mistakes, and everybody left satisfied. With a big smile on their faces.

Maybe it was the worst experience you’ve ever been a part of. If so let’s think a little.

Identify the Problem

What caused it? Was it you? Was it the equipment? Maybe it was something that entirely out of your reach. Was it something unexpected?

Fix the Problem

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