Church Media Producers? Here’s My Checklist to Prevent “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Every winter, church media producers and communication directors across the country begin a time honored and terrifying ritual: “The Church Christmas Pageant”. These local, church sponsored theatrical presentations are usually videotaped for archives or bookstore sales, and although everyone begins the process with high hopes, they often leave media producers weeping, or

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An Interview with Kathleen Cooke on her new Devotional:

Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture

My wife Kathleen Cooke is releasing a new devotional book “Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture” and because it’s based on extensive research about engaging the Bible as well as the perspective of someone who’s spent her career in entertainment and media, I thought my readers would be interested in the subject. Here’s an interview I did with her about the project:

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Life’s Loaded Question: Do We Really Have a Destiny?

The issue of destiny is loaded question. Nearly everyone wants to believe in the concept. Atheists may believe that there’s no God, no purpose, and no point to life, but it’s pretty tough living that philosophy out in the day-to-day trenches. The idea of destiny gives us a reason to go on, motivation that our lives matter beyond PTA meetings, job reviews, and visits to the local coffee shop. The Christian tradition teaches that

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Church and Ministry Communication and The Power of Being Consistent

A Guest Post from Dawn Nicole Baldwin

When our team at Cooke Pictures leads sessions on church communication and leadership, our growth strategist, Dawn Nicole Baldwin, always emphasizes consistency. I’ll never forget seeing a local church who advertised everywhere as a “family friendly church.” But when we visited on Sunday, we noticed a large sign that said “No children allowed in the sanctuary.” Inconsistent? Yeah. So I asked Dawn to write a guest post today to explain exactly how consistency can increase the impact of communicating your message:

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What Do You Have to Trade To Be a Success?

The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice.  The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family.  The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life.  For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because in reality, it’s one of the most difficult goals you can achieve.  That’s why I moved from

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My Interview with Brian Houston

If you missed our interview on “Let’s Talk with Brian Houston” on the Hillsong Channel, then don’t despair!  I’ve been friends with Brian ever since he asked me to teach his entire church staff in Sydney, Australia years ago.  Since then, we’ve stayed in touch as his team has planted incredible churches in major cities around the world, and now launched The Hillsong Channel on television. I was also the Executive Producer of the independently produced “Hillsong Movie: Let Hope Rise.” Brian is as good a leader as they come, and I was honored to spend time with him on his program.  Let me know what you think:

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Pastors: Should Your Worship Leader Also Lead Communications?

In an extraordinary number of churches, the worship leader is also the leader of the communications or media team. After all, it can make sense – a good worship leader knows music, knows how to communicate a message, understands the experience of being onstage, and has the trust of the pastor. Especially in a small church it’s a logical choice. But as a church grows, it could lead to problems, and here’s why:

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What Leaders Could Learn From How Elon Musk Communicates

Recently, an email went public that entrepreneur Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees. Although it was originally sent a few years ago, it reveals a lot about how communication is handled at Tesla, and the implications for other organizations – including churches, ministries, and nonprofits. Take a look and then think about how Musk’s philosophy could impact your organization. Here’s the email (which Tesla has verified was sent to all employees):

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