The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: In Theaters Today

The movie THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE from Walden Media opens in theaters nationwide today. A Christian comedy-drama film directed by Dallas Jenkins, the film stars Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (“Moms’ Night Out”), D.B. Sweeney (“Suits,” “24”), Neil … Read more.

Our Best Podcast Episodes of 2016

Our first full year of podcast episodes are in the books! We featured interviews with some of the absolute best in the world of Church Media and communications. Incredible artists like Christian music legends Sandi Patty and John Schlitt, Church … Read more.

Our 15 Best Sermon Bumpers of 2016

We have the incredible privilege of producing custom media content for churches all around the world. It’s unbelievable to think about how God is using this content to help churches create experiences where people meet Jesus and take their next … Read more.

Our Best Blog Posts of 2016

We had an incredible year on our blog in 2016! We saw the addition of numerous church media professionals join our writing team. We’ve featured interviews with dozens of experts in the fields of Church Media, Film and Entertainment, Music, … Read more.

Custom Media Roundup: December 30, 2016

Once a month or so, on the blog, we feature some of our favorite Custom Media projects our team at [twelve:thirty]media has produced for churches, ministries and other organizations. This week, its a recap of some of our best Christmas media as we feature … Read more.

EPISODE 070: Think Digital with Justin Wise

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes: On today’s episode of the show I welcome Justin Wise from Think Digital. I’ve known Justin for a few years as he has spoken at taught at conferences and other events. Justin is a … Read more.

Introducing: SERIES IN A BOX

We are committed to growing the global Church and seeing the Gospel spread around the world. We strive to help churches create amazing experiences for their congregations each and every weekend. We partner with dozens of churches that struggle with … Read more.

Custom Media Roundup: December 2, 2016

Once a month or so, on the blog, we feature some of our favorite Custom Media projects our team at [twelve:thirty]media has produced for churches, ministries and other organizations. This week, we feature a selection of sermon bumpers, song videos, and other content … Read more.

HACKSAW RIDGE: In Theaters Today

The movie HACKSAW RIDGE opens in theaters nationwide today.   HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman), who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, miraculously saved … Read more.

7 Ways to Retain Volunteers

Volunteers are so important to the life of your church.   Even the largest churches in the nation depend heavily on volunteers to execute weekend services and activities. There are times when volunteers leave your ministry for good reasons. There … Read more.

Custom Media Roundup: October 28, 2016

Once or month or so, on the blog, we feature some of our favorite Custom Media projects our team at [twelve:thirty]media has produced for churches, ministries and other organizations. This week, we feature a selection of sermon bumpers, song videos, … Read more.

PRICELESS: In Theaters Now

The movie PRICELESS from Roadside Attractions is now in theaters.   Inspired by true events, PRICELESS is the powerful drama/thriller about James Stevens who at one time was a good man with a great life — but this has drastically … Read more.

I’M NOT ASHAMED: In Theaters Today

The movie I’M NOT ASHAMED from Pure Flix opens in theaters nationwide today.   I’M NOT ASHAMED is the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School. Rachel was the first of 13 people—twelve students and one teacher—killed … Read more.

REVIVE US: One Day Theatrical Encore Event

Kirk Cameron’s new live experience REVIVE US hit theaters for a one night event last Tuesday, October 18th.   Back by demand, an encore presentation of the event will be back in theaters for one day only, this Monday, October … Read more.

Custom Media Roundup: September 30, 2016

I thought once or month or so on the blog we feature some of our favorite Custom Media projects we’ve produced for churches, ministries and other organizations. This week, I’ll feature a selection of sermon bumpers, song videos, and other … Read more.

Let Hope Rise: The Hillsong Movie

The Hillsong movie Let Hope Rise opens in theaters nationwide today. The Hillsong movement started as a one-room church service in a borrowed building in the suburbs of Sydney. Since its founding by pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston in 1983, … Read more.

The Role of a Propresenter Operator

It’s so important for your volunteers to realize the role they play in creating experiences at your church. Each position is vitally important. The ProPresenter (or sub your favorite presentation software) Operator is key to presenting lyrics and media content … Read more.

The Atheist Delusion

From Living Waters, creators of the award-winning TV program “The Way of the Master” and the hit movies “180” and “Evolution vs. God,” comes the powerful film “The Atheist Delusion.” Executive produced by TV co-host and best-selling author Ray Comfort … Read more.

EPISODE 053: Start with Why with Stephen Shedletzky

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes: On this week’s podcast, I welcome a very special guest to the podcast- The Head Engagement Officer at a company called Start with Why, Stephen Shedletzky. Stephen is a well sought after speaker, consultant and coach. … Read more.

BEN-HUR: Free Resources for Your Team

The movie BEN-HUR opens in theaters nationwide today. Ben-Hur is a major Paramount Pictures/MGM motion picture and comes from the producing team of Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible Mini-Series). Bursting with action—including a new chariot race for the ages—and elevated … Read more.

How to Watch the RNC

Wherever you are on the political spectrum, you can’t deny that this year is a historical year for politics in our nation. Two of the most disliked candidates in history are running for President. Emotions are high. Our country is … Read more.

Keepin’ It Real with Sadie Robertson

Hey guys, today’s post has very little to do with Church Media – but I had the opportunity to chat with Sadie Robertson who stars on the hit show Duck Dynasty and was Runner-Up on Season 19 of Dancing with … Read more.

How To Fire A Volunteer

Do you ever have a volunteer that is not a great fit for your team or the position they are in on your team? Do you worry about dealing with the situation because they are a volunteer? I’ve been there. … Read more.

5 Ways to Develop Young Leaders

My friend Kim Porter wrote a very powerful article on Wednesday on the topic of leadership and the times ‘when you don’t know it all’ as a leader. And she’s right, you don’t have to know everything about a certain … Read more.

Chasing Grace with David Temple

The faith-based drama, Chasing Grace, was released on DVD yesterday, May 3rd. Adapted from the novel Discovering Grace, the film was written, directed and executive-produced by, as well as stars, David Temple (The Confession – actor, The Last Passport – director/writer). Starring Michael … Read more.

Rockin’ Out with John Schlitt

Legendary Christian Rocker John Schlitt is living proof that God can radically change lives. John spent eight years with the secular band Head East and was fired because of his drug and alcohol addiction. Then the Lord turned John’s life around. Through … Read more.

The Ark Encounter with Mark Looy

When leading our volunteer teams, its fun to let our volunteers know about things that will strengthen and grow their faith. Whether that be devotionals, bible studies, events, or even attractions. This year at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention, I … Read more.

Switcher Training Guide for Volunteers

Before launching [twelve:thirty]media full-time, I had the privilege of serving two of the fastest growing churches in the country- Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, and the Newspring Church based in Anderson, SC. At both of these churches, we produced training … Read more.

Focus.

There is a misconception that multi-tasking makes you more productive. However, research shows that we are much more productive when we focus on one thing at a time. I ran across the video below from author and speaker Phil Cooke talking … Read more.

God’s Not Dead 2: In Theaters Today

The movie GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 hits theaters today. The follow-up to the Pure Flix film GOD’S NOT DEAD, this sequel takes audiences back to the Arkansas setting of the original, home to Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher … Read more.

Producer DeVon Franklin on “Miracles from Heaven”

The movie MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN hits theaters today. MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (played by Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a … Read more.

EPISODE 029: The Ultimate Church Media Toolbox

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes: This week I’m giving you tons of free tools and resources to make your life and job easier.  I’ve compiled a resource E-Book for you called The Ultimate Church Media Toolbox and I’m giving it … Read more.

The Young Messiah – In Theaters Today

The movie THE YOUNG MESSIAH hits theaters today. I recently had the opportunity to see a preview screening of the movie at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville a few weeks ago. The film is powerful. The production quality is … Read more.

Live from NRB Proclaim 16

Since 2004, I’ve had the opportunity to serve alongside the Washington, DC-based staff team that organizes and executes the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. The Annual NRB Convention is the largest gathering of Christian Media professionals in the world. It attracts … Read more.

Coverage of the Conservative Review Convention 2016

I had the opportunity on Thursday, February 18th to attend The Conservative Convention in Greenville, South Carolina as a member of the press. The event was attended by nearly 5,000 South Carolinians and featured a number of conservative authors, commentators … Read more.

The Best Superbowl Commercials of All-Time

To be honest, I was not as impressed with the Superbowl Commercials on Sunday night’s game as I have been in year’s past. You would think for Superbowl 50 they would pull out some big guns, but there were only … Read more.

Boarding the Campaign Trail

As we led our volunteer teams at our churches, we need to be involved in the conversations that are important to our culture.   Obviously this year, the political scene is a hot topic of discussion. As leaders in our … Read more.

If You Only Focus on One Thing in 2016…

Full disclosure: I’m more of a pastor than a techie. Don’t get me wrong – I love all aspects of using media to create experiences where people grow closer to Jesus. I love computers, cameras, lighting, audio, sets, switchers, and … Read more.

Our Best Content of 2015: Blog Posts & Podcast Episodes

2015 has been an incredible year for our team at [twelve:thirty]media. We’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of churches around the world create experiences where people meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. Through our Worship Media and … Read more.

How to be a Hero Reborn

Being a believer in Hollywood is a tricky thing. There are some that are very open about their faith – I spoke with actor Kirk Cameron in my last post about his experiences. Other well known and vocal Christians in … Read more.

How Kirk Cameron is Saving Christmas

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. We also get … Read more.

EPISODE 014: Created for More with Jonathan Malm

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes and Resources Mentioned: This week I welcome back Creative Entrepreneur and Author Jonathan Malm to the podcast. Jonathan is the author of several books on church culture including Set the Stage and Unwelcome. He is also … Read more.

Lessons from a First-Time Director

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. We also get … Read more.

EPISODE 013: Setting the Stage with Jonathan Malm

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes and Resources Mentioned: This week I welcome a very special guest – Jonathan Malm. Jonathan is the author of several books on church culture including Created for More and Unwelcome. He is also the creator … Read more.

Laughing in the Dark with Chonda Pierce

As a Media Director at some of the largest churches in the country, I’ve had the opportunity to lead volunteer media production teams. Our blog and podcast at twelve:thirty media are all about sharing insights into how to create amazing … Read more.

EPISODE 009: Setting Them Up for Success

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes and Resources Mentioned: In this episode, I recommend using MailChimp as your E-Mail Service. It’s easy to use and free for the amount of e-mails you’ll most likely need to send. It lets you … Read more.

Wearing the ‘Badge of Faith’

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. We also get … Read more.

EPISODE 008: The Cutting Room Floor

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes and Resources Mentioned:   When designing your next project, consider these three filters:   1. Just because you got it, doesn’t mean you should use it. We all know that just because your software … Read more.

WOODLAWN: In Theaters Today

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. We also get … Read more.

ProPresenter Training Guide for Volunteers

Before launching [twelve:thirty]media full-time, I had the privilege of serving two of the fastest growing churches in the country- Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, and the Newspring Church based in Anderson, SC. At both of these churches, we produced training … Read more.

The Audacity of Ray Comfort

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. That’s why, in … Read more.

Entering the War Room with T.C. Stallings

At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. That’s why, when … Read more.

The Best of ProPresenter 6 Tutorials

ProPresenter is the best presentation software on the market for churches. Its what I recommend to churches of all sizes. Yes, there is other presentation software on the market that are cheaper. But spending the money on getting your team … Read more.

How to Win the Hearts of Your Volunteers

I’m a broken record when it comes to the number one thing you can do as a leader to grow your volunteer team – Pastor Your People First. You have to put the emotional and spiritual needs of your volunteers … Read more.

How to Save Your Church Over $30,000 a Year

I’ve served on staff at two large churches with multiple campuses and as a Media Director for an International Ministry. At one church I served, I was the only guy creating media content for 4 campuses! I know first-hand the … Read more.

8 Churches that Give Away Their Media Content

I love that churches, especially larger churches that have full media departments, choose to give their content away. This is an incredible blessing to the body and I’m so thrilled that churches to this.   Here’s my list of eight of … Read more.

15 Ways to Use Periscope at Your Church

In my post “Periscope: What it is and How to Use it at Your Church”, I explained the basics of Twitter’s new app and how to use it in your ministry. I believe this app has the potential to be … Read more.

The Importance of the “Why”

I’m the kind of person that once I know the “why”, I can get behind an idea or cause. In fact, if the “why” is compelling, I’ll follow you anywhere. This is also why some organizations and some leaders can inspire and … Read more.

Casting Vision for Your Production Team

I’ve made a lot of mistakes when it comes to leading volunteer teams. One of the main things I learned is that I had to bleed vision. I had to consistently and passionately share the the vision behind why we … Read more.

CUSTOM MEDIA ROUNDUP: June 15, 2015

This week will be the first of a few posts rounding up our best projects from 2014. Let us know what you like! Feel free to share these videos online, comment below, or e-mail us (info@twelvethirtymedia.com) with any suggestions or … Read more.

Camera Training Guide for Volunteers

Before launching [twelve:thirty]media full-time, I had the privilege of serving two of the fastest growing churches in the country- Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, and the Newspring Church based in Anderson, SC. At both of these churches, we produced training … Read more.

The Role of a Live Video Producer

Serving in media leadership roles at two large churches, I’ve made tons of mistakes. And I’ve learned quite a bit in the process. One of the key things I’ve learned is that I can’t do it all. I learned the … Read more.

8 Event Ideas for Your Production Team

Community is what people want. They want to be a part of a culture of people that know them and care about them. A place where everyone knows their name (thank you “Cheers”). Within your Production Team, it’s your job … Read more.

6 Tips for Creating a Dynamic Service Flow

Your Sunday worship service is the hub for other activities at your church. It’s the main event. It’s the gathering for your entire church. It would make sense that you would want to pour the most time, energy and money … Read more.

CUSTOM MEDIA ROUNDUP: May 19, 2015

This week I’m going to feature some projects we’ve produced for LifeWay Christian Stores, Creative Church Staffing, Luther Rice College and Seminary, Seeds Family Worship, FamilyLife and more. Let us know what you like! Feel free to share these videos … Read more.

CUSTOM MEDIA ROUNDUP: May 5, 2015

This week I’m going to feature a diverse selection of Custom Media Content we’ve produced for Student Conferences, a College and Seminary, and a church branding project. Let us know what you like! Feel free to share these videos online, … Read more.

How to Provide a Production First Look

After someone shows interest in serving on your production team, whether through an Opportunities Tour or another avenue, you’ll want to provide an opportunity where they can have a sneak peek into your team to see if it’s an area … Read more.

CUSTOM MEDIA ROUNDUP: April 24, 2015

We’ve had several requests over the last several months to post some of our most recent work to our blog. Check out our first Custom Media Roundup post here. We’ll post about 5 of our latest custom projects on each … Read more.

Basic Lighting for Testimonies and Interviews

Many of you, as Church Media Directors, are one-man bands. You are asked to do everything involved with any aspect of media at your church. Many churches can’t afford multiple production staff members. Most churches have one media staff member … Read more.

How to Provide Serving Opportunities Tours

A great way to show new members of your church the opportunities where they can serve is to tour them around the church and show them each ministry in action.   Here are some ideas on how to provide these … Read more.

CUSTOM MEDIA ROUNDUP: April 17, 2015

We’ve had several requests over the last several months to post some of our most recent work to our blog. Well, we listen and here it is- our first Custom Media Roundup post. We’ll post about 5 of our latest … Read more.

How to Create a Core Volunteer Team

In order to see growth in your ministry, you have to raise up leaders. The days of you being a one-man-show have to be long gone. You must work yourself out of as many jobs as you possibly can. One … Read more.

6 Ideas for Inviting New Volunteers to Your Team

In his book, Simply Strategic Volunteers, Tim Stevens talks about the idea of using the term “inviting” instead of the word “recruiting” when it comes to bringing new people to your team. That’s so true. When you’re “recruited”, it has … Read more.

How to Teach Your Team Your Processes and Systems

Hopefully now with your Production Team, you’ve put some good processes and systems in place in regard to Providing a Clear On-Ramp for New Volunteers, Providing Consistent Training Opportunities and Providing a solid Rotation Schedule.   If you need some … Read more.

A.D. The Bible Continues

I’ve had the honor and privilege the last two years at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville to spend some time with TV and Film Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.   Mark Burnett is a British television producer … Read more.

Renewed Vision Releases BETA Version of ProPresenter 6

Renewed Vision just released a BETA Version of their presentation software ProPresenter. It is the presentation software I recommend to churches and organizations across the country. It’s packed with great new features that will make your life easier. Check out … Read more.

Do You Believe?

The movie “Do You Believe?” opens today nationwide. They screened the movie in Nashville at NRB when I was there a few weeks ago. Honestly, I didn’t get a chance to see it. But PureFlix has a pretty good record … Read more.

Pastor First. Tech Second.

This is the secret sauce to building a dynamic volunteer culture at your church. You have to care more about who your volunteers are becoming more than what they do on your team. Your goal should be to create a community, … Read more.

6 Tips for Scheduling Volunteers

Scheduling volunteers can take a lot of your time if you’re not careful.  Here are 6 Tips for Scheduling Volunteers that will save you time and keep your team on the same page: 1. Enlist volunteers to help you schedule. -You … Read more.

5 Tips for Using Stage Display in ProPresenter

If you’re not using ProPresenter on a Mac to run your lyrics, graphics, and videos, you need to get there as soon as you can. ProPresenter gives the most functionality and has the nicest interface of any presentation software on … Read more.

DUCK DYNASTY Family featured on “I Am Second”

Three generations. One duck related Dynasty. The Robertson family story told through the lens of Phil, Kay, Jep and Reed. From their humble beginnings and struggle to keep their family together, see what happened before their immense success. These are … Read more.

5 Go-To Fonts for Worship Lyrics

Your font choices are a key element in the look of your environments. With lyric text being on screen for at least a third or more of your service, choosing the right fonts for your worship lyrics may seem small, … Read more.

Give Control and Create Leaders

To multiply your ministry and see extreme growth, you must raise up leaders. And you must serve as the Leader of those leaders. You must create an environment where your team is thinking for themselves, where you are empowering them … Read more.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Production Team for Excellence.

Before reading this post, you may want to check out this post: Excellence vs. Perfection Here are 3 practical ways you can prepare your teams for excellence in executing your services: 1. Offer Non-Stressful Training Opportunities. Offer training sessions at non-stress … Read more.

the win.

Though our teams should strive to be Unapologetically Excellent (read our post entitled “Excellence vs. Perfection” here), the ‘Win of the Day’ is not that your volunteers pushed every button correctly and had a technically flawless service. The ‘Win’ is … Read more.

Excellence vs. Perfection

It’s okay for the execution of your worship service to be excellent. You don’t have to settle for “well, that’s the best we can do with volunteers…” There are times when we have excuses for our services not being excellent: … Read more.

Creating the Experience

Christians have a funny way of communicating. Check out how we sound sometimes:   All believers are called to communicate and share with others what Jesus has done in us. Sometimes we use words, sometimes we use music and song, and … Read more.

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