5 Things To Consider About Moving Backgrounds

Moving backgrounds have become a mainstay for a great number of churches in recent years.   As software has become more affordable, and great motion designers have become more plentiful, even older churches have started to see the great visual … Read more.

5 Quick and Easy Apps for Graphic Design

If you are reading this post, you most likely already value quality graphic work. Be it for print materials, in service screen graphics, creative social media posts etc… you agree that this should be done and be done well. And … Read more.

Ways to Quickly Build Influence

This post comes from a personal place for me. After 6 years at my previous church, I’m in a new place of service. I’m with new people, new coworkers, and a new environment. Being a pastor and someone who wants … Read more.

How to Prepare for Great Church Sound

Great sound at church is the result of thoughtful preparation and diligent effort.   Sure, there can be some rather technical components involved, but I would argue that the thoughtfulness and care that you bring to your mix plays a … Read more.

3 Tips for Upgrading Your Lyric Slides

Having everyone read the lyrics to a worship song is a time-old tradition. From Hymnals, to overhead projectors (I still remember practicing switching out transparencies!), to PowerPoint, and now most often to Propresenter- displaying lyrics has been a journey! And … Read more.

Setting the Stage for Worship

Over at the North End Collective Church in Boise, Idaho, their new set design is so unique, I asked the Worship Pastor, Ben Biggerstaff, about the philosophy behind it and what it took to build it. While, the work was … Read more.

Why have a media team?

Why have a media team? Well, how far back do you want to go? For the entirety of its existence, the church has used media to communicate God’s story of redemption. From ancient transcripts on stone tablets to live broadcasts … Read more.

When Manager and Minister Collide

In the world of church leadership, there are numerous hats that leaders end up wearing. Many times, the art of balancing pastor, administrator, counselor, creative guru and other miscellaneous titles, can end up in a heaping mess on the floor … Read more.

What if my volunteer sucks?

Back in the day, I had a camera operator. (We had one video camera.) He should have been the perfect volunteer. He was young, sharp, and available. Unfortunately, he sucked. I was sure he was a great person deep down. … Read more.

CHAMPION: In Select Theaters May 19th

In the supercharged world of dirt track racing, a single mistake causes the lives of two men to change forever. One must fight for his family, the other must fight to forgive. Dirt track racer Sean Weathers was at the … Read more.

Mixing with EQ, Panning & Reverb

Mixing live sound is a lot more involved than simply raising or lowering the volume level of various audio sources.   You’ll want to use a few simple tools to help create a mix that has depth, texture, clarity, and … Read more.

5 Things Your Volunteer Environments Must Have

*This article first appeared on SundayMag.tv on January 12, 2017. Check out the original article here. For your volunteer environments to thrive, you must be intentional about the culture you’re creating.   Part of your job, whether its in your job description … Read more.

Video Testimonies: The Pre-Interview

Many churches use video testimonies in their services to tell powerful stories of redemption and restoration.    Stories of God at work. The pre-interview is an important step in capturing these stories. The pre-interview is a chance to ask your … Read more.

How To Double Your Service Attendance

Hey guys, now that I have your attention- I want to talk about something that is concerning me. I have been away from ministry for a bit, just over a year. While I was in ministry, I was actually pretty … Read more.

Cultivating Communities

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 24-25 … Read more.

Negative Space

*This article first appeared on SundayMag.tv on August 5, 2015. Check out the original article here. With any project, it can be much more powerful to leave things out rather than keep everything in.   Let’s think about some of the … Read more.

Which One Do I Represent?

Recently I attended our annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Orlando Florida.   It is my fourth time going but my third straight year and it is amazing how much you can really find out about yourself while attending such … Read more.

New “Whine” Skins

When I was a kid, my dad taught me the power of self control. I remember the morning well. The shower was ice cold, there were no clean spoons for my cereal, I spilled milk on my lap… when I … Read more.

Stay Alert in the Tech Booth

Tech tips don’t always have to be about “technology”. This one is about you – The Tech! It can be easy to get caught up in the business of serving the worship team, managing technical details, and preparing for a … Read more.

MVR : Most Valuable Resource

Teams are the most valuable resource that is ever entrusted to you. I have been blessed to work with some amazing teams in my life, and likewise on some teams that just didn’t quiet have what it took to find … Read more.

Dress Code for Church Techs

Did you know that there is a dress code for church techs? I know this sounds like a trivial topic, but it is an important consideration that I’ll explain in a minute. Some industry professionals will chime in and say … Read more.

Fuel Our Fire

What is it today that “fuels our fire?”   Is it the thrill of a Super Bowl like we just witnessed between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots? Perhaps in some ways, yes. Not to mention the entire world … Read more.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST In Theaters April 7th

The movie THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens in theaters nationwide on April 7th. I saw an early draft of the film a few months ago – this movie is one of the most well-produced, high quality faith-based films I’ve seen. … Read more.

Community Collaboration

Is your church a part of your community?   A few years ago, our middle school ministry hosted a Q&A panel. We invited local law enforcement officers, teachers, coaches, and counselors to come and speak on questions posed by an … Read more.

How Fear Inspired My Life and Career

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Fear is a powerful word. Fear is real. It … Read more.

Crazy Ideas

“I have an idea.” These 4 words maybe the most powerful 4 words in our language. But what makes an idea good instead of crazy? And is a crazy idea a bad idea? I think we have so many descriptors … Read more.

Going Beyond The Technical

While leading and serving within the technical aspects of the church, sometimes as leaders we can run the risk of focusing too much on the tech and not enough on the people.   Yes I love a glitch free service … Read more.

3 Tips to Stop Audio Feedback

Feedback from the sound system is one of the most annoying distractions from the sound system. As a new volunteer sound tech, feedback was my arch nemesis! A successful service was defined by the simple test of whether there was … Read more.

5 ProPresenter Tricks of the Trade

I’m all for shortcuts for volunteers to make training them easier. Here are a handful of ProPresenter hacks that have helped my volunteers operate the software more efficiently. 1. Slide Labels As a Live Director, I utilize the ProPresenter Operator … Read more.

5 Tips in Evaluating Your Worship Service

Evaluation is critical if you want to be effective.   Is what we’re doing working? Could it be better? Is it still necessary that we do ____? These are the types of critical questions you should be asking about each … Read more.

Advanced Tips for Stationary Camera Operators

When leading volunteers, I’ve learned the importance of consistent training, both for new members of our team and for veteran volunteers. I’ve provided my Training Guide for Stationary and Stage Camera positions on the blog last year. You can check … Read more.

Social Media and Ministry

Social media and ministry.   It seems to be changing the entire face of how we communicate in the 21st Century. Even our new President Donald Trump uses Twitter on an ongoing basis as you have heard many times in … Read more.

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.

How to Equip Your Sound Team for Success

Great sound doesn’t just happen. It takes time, energy, and commitment from a team of dedicated individuals. This not only goes for those on the sound team, but from other leaders in the church as well. Great sound doesn’t start … 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.

Spread The Word

Over the past few years, social media has exploded in its ability to influence, increase sales and expose companies as never before. It has become one of the first sources for information and feedback. We, in the church world, would … 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.

The Best Content for Environmental Projection

We all know that content is king. However, when you enlarge your canvas, using an immersive environmental projection setup, this statement becomes so much more accurate. The overarching idea behind environmental projection is not to have a really large projection, … Read more.

Time Management Tips for Sound Techs

A proficient live sound tech is always aware of time. Besides the obvious mandate of showing up early for soundcheck and being ready when the event or service starts, a sound tech needs to manage a variety of critical components … Read more.

How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

Christmas is coming and everybody wants a piece of you. Christmas worship is supposed to be mind-blowing, but the in-laws are coming and the house needs to be clean. You’re family calendar lists 3 holiday parties, 4 kids Christmas programs … Read more.

Seeds of Christmas

The making of this Christmas album has been such an inspiration to me personally. As we wrote these songs of worship written to the words of the prophets and the writers of the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John, it … Read more.

2016 Advent Season Readings: Not Yet Christmas

For the next few weeks our attention during worship experiences worldwide will turn toward the season of Advent. Advent is the 4 weeks preceding Christmas and is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The … 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.

Live Production in the Worship Environment

Using live production in your worship environment can be a great benefit to the overall worship experience. The integrated uses of audio, video, and lighting have become a major staple in modern church worship environments. Live production in and of … Read more.

Audio Tips for Live Streaming

In an effort to “get our church online and live streaming”, many teams make the mistake of forgetting one CRUCIAL element… …The Audio Quality! I’m going to make a bold statement here: the audio for a live stream is more … Read more.

What to Do with Christmas Sunday

For those of you who haven’t already looked ahead to the end of year calendar, there is something very important to note.  Christmas 2016 falls directly on a Sunday. The big buzz this year around the Creative Team circles is  “What do … Read more.

5 Tips Before Buying New Gear

I am the non-techie church techie. I held on to my “dumb” phone for as long as I could. It died, and when it did, cultural demand for smart phones robbed me of my freedom to choose. I’ve been that … 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.

3 Ways to Protect Your Volunteer Team

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any church.   If you think about it, volunteers often determine whether or not a first-time visitor will return – since that decision is made within the first ten minutes of a visit, before the … 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.

Creative Privilege

Creative Privilege I was born in the United States. I was born wealthy. I was born white. I was born male.   Those four statements have awarded me an incredible magnitude of privilege. For example, take the following into consideration: … Read more.

Practice Your Mixing Skills

Mixing sound is an art It is also a technical craft. And like any art or craft, you must commit to learning and practice in order to stay proficient and mix with excellence on a regular basis. This begs the … Read more.

4 Things to do to Prep for a Service

1. Seek After Jesus Make sure to prepare your hearts and minds as you plan and prepare for your services. God is the source of all creativity and it would be foolish for us to start anywhere else but at … 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.

How Loud Is Too Loud?

Just when you’ve settled into your mix and things are starting to sound great you get the infamous tap on the shoulder that makes your heart sink. “My smart phone app says its 200 decibels in here!” It’s an unfortunate … Read more.

EQ Tips To Sweeten Up Your Sound

The humble EQ is the most important audio effect you’ll ever use. It’s so common that we often forget to think of it as an effect at all, but it is critical to our mix. I like to think of … Read more.

3 Ways to Cultivate Creative Environments

I’m a sucker for a good environment. Maybe you’re the same way… you’ll pick a place to eat as much for the ambiance as you will for the food. But, of course, the best is when both align to create … 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.

Creative People Are Different

Creative people are different. No secret right. Let’s be honest there are a lot of times we walk by the “creative offices” and wonder what in the world is happening in that room? There are people lying on the floor, … Read more.

How To Unplug From Leadership

One of the times of year my family looks forward to the most is our annual camping trip to Lake Michigan. We sleep in a tent, cook around a campfire and spend a week without a schedule, alarms or obligations. … 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.

Why You Should Use a Direct Box

A discussion about direct boxes might seem like a terribly simple concept for some. But to be honest, this topic confused me for at least one or two seasons as a new live sound tech. In order to address the … 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.

Using Media To Change The Message

Well it seems that I have been away forever but am glad to be back on the twelve:thirty blog to share some thoughts with you. In dealing with some heart issues, it is good to “be back in the saddle … Read more.

Brainstorming Meetings That Pour Down Ideas

The creative process can feel like capturing lightning in a bottle. Below are some steps to ensure you release the creative talent on your team and leverage your brainstorming meetings to the max. Communicate The Scope Beforehand A lot of … 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.

Props are Things, Sets are Places.

You’re playing Pictionary, and the clue to draw is “The Beach.” You sketch a sandcastle, an umbrella, and luckily someone shouts out “beach!” before you even attempt to doodle a jetty. It’s pretty easy to come up with a list … Read more.

Are Your Services Predictable?

It’s easy for church services to get into a rut with Sunday coming every 7 days. Over 52 weeks a year and creative teams can start to rely on past successes instead of crafting dynamic new ones. Whether your services … Read more.

The Importance of a Run-Through

One of the most important things you can do to ensure the success of a service is a pre-service run-through.  In our current age of technology and the multitude of uses it has in our worship services, combined with the … Read more.

Thinking Outside The Box

I’ve been watching the “Chef’s Table” documentary series on Netflix. In one episode, Grant Achatz, head chef at Alinea in Chicago, offered a great challenge to creatives everywhere. “Why do we limit portions according to the standards of plate manufacturers? … Read more.

Who’s The Distraction

When I was praying with our team a few weeks ago a thought occurred to me as one of our team members prayed something to the effect of, “Lord, please help the service to go well.” Why should it go … Read more.

Running a Great Band Audition

Running a great audition sets the tone for possible years of partnership with a band member. Taking the time to think it through and execute it well, laying a solid foundation of trust to build upon. Below are some pointers … Read more.

Ideas for Better Sound Quality at Your Church

  Sermons are carefully prepared. Worship songs are thoughtfully selected and arranged. The band is warmed up and ready to go. And the tech team has everything in place for a quality service. But there are still sound system problems… … 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.

Tips For The Perfect Haze

We all know the difference: a well-hazed room is virtually undetectable under normal lighting conditions – but really sings when sharp, theatrical beams cut through the ether. A poorly hazed room feels like a smoky bar with clouds of thick, … Read more.

Freelancing as a Church Media Producer

My first freelance gig came 2 years into my job at Ginghamsburg. The owner of a local car dealership, and member of Ginghamsburg, asked me to produce a video. He was scheduled to speak at a leadership summit and was … Read more.

How Well Does Your Team Know You?

I think the vast majority of us would agree that the strength of the team comes often time from the relationships built outside of serving together. If a volunteer team only meets up on Sunday and doesn’t talk the rest … 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.

You’re Never Gonna Please Everyone

In all my experience working at a church, there’s one problem I’ve never been able to solve. It’s one of the most pervasive conflicts churches around the world experience. And it’s a huge form of strife among churchgoers – especially … Read more.

Striking Out

In major league baseball, most would agree that any batter with an average over .300 is considered successful. That means as long as he gets a hit 3 out of the 10 times he steps up to the plate, he’s … 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.

Why Quality Design Matters

First of all – I get it. Everyone has to start somewhere. Not all of our churches have teams of designers and an infinite amount of gold bricks just sitting in the bank. Most of the time churches have to … Read more.

Video Testimony Checklist

Many churches use video testimonies in their services to tell powerful stories of redemption and restoration ­ stories of God at work. These types of personal and intimate stories work best between friends ­ when the interviewer and interviewee know … Read more.

How To Select The Right Microphone

It seems like there is a lot of mystery and mythology centered around the selection of “the perfect microphone.” So what is it that makes a mic sound good, and how can we select the right mic for our live … Read more.

How to Write Great Announcements

Every church has a chance to call their congregation to incredible opportunities of service and growth for themselves and the Kingdom of God every Sunday. Every Sunday there are opportunities to express avenues of activity that can make an eternal … 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.

When You Don’t Know it All

Six years ago, I stepped into a role I didn’t feel even slightly prepared to take on. My husband, Todd, and I had came down from the Detroit area with our kids so that he could take on the position … Read more.

Storytelling through Photography

The church has the most important message to communicate – that everyone is unfathomably loved by God. The church needs the best communication tools to convey that message. Capturing great photos is one way to do that. Through incredible storytelling, … Read more.

5 Ways Your Church Can Benefit from Fiverr.com

If you aren’t familiar with fiverr.com, it is a service based site where a multitude of services are offered, all starting at $5. From graphic design, to digital marketing, to language translation- Fiverr has it all, from professionals and amateurs … Read more.

How Headphones are Ruining Your Mix

I’ve got a confession to make. I used to be addicted to headphones. Pathetic, right? And there was even something worse that I let happen because of this (I’ll explain that in a minute). Let’s get this straight. Headphones are … Read more.

A Test of WILL

I asked Will to throw a shoe at my face when the clock hit midnight at a new year’s eve party for high-schoolers at Ginghamsburg. I had never met him before. I was just a chaperone trying to make things … 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.

5 Ways to Generate New Ideas

Ever had one of those seasons where you just felt like the idea well had run dry? I know I have. As creatives in a church environment we can often get wrapped up in the day to day. After all, … 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.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

We had been defeated. Never had my wife and I worked toward a common goal with such ferocity and dedication. We had oriented every moment of our day around achieving this allusive dream and enjoying the thrill of victory and … 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.


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.

This Calls for a Celebration

Most of us reading this article have recently celebrated our church’s Easter service! Congratulations! I’m sure what you all created was a wonderful time of celebrating Jesus and telling the world about Him. Of course we all know that Easter … 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.

Worship has No Limits

My wife and I live in Washington near Seattle. The awesome thing about living in the Pacific Northwest is there are so many hiking trails, outdoor activities, and ferries you can take to other cities and islands. We had friends … Read more.

DVDs are Dead.

Have you ever heard of a guy named Marshall McLuhan? People didn’t give him much credit by the time he died in 1980, but now he’s basically the hero of the electronic age. He predicted a “global village”, which has … 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.

10 People to Follow in Church Media

As creative people, we are always searching for those great minds on Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, and Periscope to throw some inspiration our way. While this is in no way a “definite” or complete list, here are 10 people I believe … 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.

An Audition Prayer

You just landed an audition for the role of your dreams. You’re perfect for the part. It’s the one that could catapult your career into stardom. You’ve prayed for an opportunity like this and you’ve never wanted anything more in … 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.

The Voices in Our Head

A while back, I had an experience that you might be able to relate to.   We had just finished our church service with worship and communion.  As the music team was slowly unplugging and turning off their equipment, we … Read more.

The Media vs. The People of Iowa

Close to a year ago I began writing these blogs here on twelve thirty. Several times you have heard me write about the effects of media on how people make their decisions and with this being a big election year … Read more.

Tips for Recruiting Lasting Servants

At most churches, the media team is a really accessible entry-point into the world of “serving”. I’ve found that several of our weekend tasks are easy enough for a 7th grader. Several of our students have progressed to careers in … Read more.

The Top 20 Worship Songs of 2015

There were so many great worship songs and albums that came out in 2015. In this list I made a point not to include the same artist twice. That being said, some of these songs come from AMAZING albums (or … 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.

Radio, Television, and the NRB

Hello everyone and Happy 2016!! Another year in which we all can proclaim the goodness of our Lord Jesus through the various avenues He has given us. At our church, we have a radio program on the GO MIX Christian … Read more.

3 Ways to Repurpose Stage Materials

Despite what we would like to believe, every church has to live within a budget when it comes to stage design, and that budget will never be the biggest in the church, no matter how much we may wish for … Read more.


“Relevancy” is an interesting word. I understand it’s draw. To a large degree, I even understand it’s importance. So sure… keep striving for relevancy in your churches. BUT (and it’s a big one), the battle to remain relevant is one … Read more.

4 Ways to Get Great Feedback from your Team

Great leaders understand the value of quality feedback. Not just from your customers (or in the church’s case, your congregation) but also from the teams you work with on a weekly basis. Our ministry teams are a wealth of information, … 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.

Slow Down

I used to believe that driving faster would help me save fuel (I was just starting to drive at this time). Later, I believed the slower I drove the better my mileage would be. As research has shown- right around … Read more.

Caring for Your Volunteers: VALUE

Some time ago, I heard a worship leader recount a confrontation that he had with a team member who was serving in his music ministry. He said that the volunteer, who played bass in the band, would routinely show up … Read more.

Funding Apricity

Hello there, Ashley Bratcher here on the blog today to share a little bit about a project I’m working on. Most of you know me from my roles in 90 Minutes in Heaven, Badge of Faith, and as the lead … Read more.

3 Reasons Why Planning is so Important

1. It Brings You Closer to God Proverbs 16:3 ESV “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Even as you plan and prepare for service/events/etc, pray to ask that God would guide and lead you … Read more.

You’ve Got to Serve Somebody

My first job in a church was the Worship Leader. While different job titles have come and gone, my role as a Worship Leader has always stuck. As I grow in my knowledge and abilities in, I try to remember … 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.


Relevance is a tricky thing. It’s a sliding scale depending on the demographic, and yet it is incredibly black and white. Nothing is “kind of” relevant. It either is or it isn’t. Especially in the church. In centuries past, the … 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.

How to Deliver Live Announcements

Announcements can be the lamest time during the service. But they don’t have to be. If you have great content and a great communicator, announcements can be a lively, worshipful and engaging element. Here are several tips for delivering live … 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.

Caring for Your Volunteers: REST

It’s almost Thanksgiving and though most people are thinking about turkeys, family time and cooler weather, those of us involved in the church world already have our brains spinning around the upcoming Christmas Holiday. We are busy sorting though music, … Read more.

Starting with a Vision

As we all know, media comes in many forms.  In 2015, its in Radio, TV, Internet, Print, Social Media and as we have recently discussed on this blog, Film and Movies. By the way I want to give [twelve:thirty]media owner … Read more.

5 Reasons You Should Have a Content Manager

Getting decent, well-written, rich content from ministries and ministry leaders can be challenging at times. Some staff simply don’t have the time, while others just simply aren’t wired to write good content. So how are we supposed to gather valuable … Read more.

How to Publically Read Scripture Well

Many churches read a passage of scripture during their services. That could be the psalm which a song was based on, the passage the message will focus on, or a benediction to conclude the service. Regardless of when scripture is … Read more.

More Than Music

I am a husband, brother, friend, musician, worship leader, and a follower of Christ. First and foremost I am a follower of Christ. Amongst all of these things I am also an introvert. I know many worship leaders, and a … 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.

Coloring Worship

We recently moved into a new home and though I loved the floor layout, the colors left something to be desired. I am a fan of neutral colors but almost every wall was the color of brown mud. The home … Read more.

AUDIO COMPRESSION 101: What is Compression?

There are many illusive terms floating around the audio world and “compression” is no exception. The trouble with compression is that, for such a useful tool, the parameters to control it are rather cryptic if you don’t know what you’re … 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.

5 Things to Do When You Want to Walk Away

Sometimes I think about just packing it all in, shutting the proverbial and quite literal church doors, and just walking away. Not often, mind you, but every once in a while. I think if we are honest with ourselves, every … Read more.

Get the Shot: No Matter What

I once wanted to be a Photographer for National Geographic. Until I heard a story about someone they sent to the Amazon Rainforest to take pictures of an elusive monkey. To get the shot, he waded in swamp water with … Read more.

Media Under Attack

Today as I write this blog I not only write it as a Pastor but I write it as a broadcaster as well. Since 1987, in one form of another, I have had the honor to be a part of … Read more.

Own It

When it comes to volunteers we all have people all across the serving spectrum. On one side there are the people who would serve at every opportunity and then we have those on the other side of the spectrum who … Read more.

Beyond Stage Design

I run a website called ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. It gets around 400,000 views/month. That number continually surprises me, knowing there are that many people around the world doing stage design at their church.   People ask me all the time if I … Read more.

The Winds of Change

For years and years the motion picture industry has been on the side liberalism and even at times anti-religion, especially when it comes to Christianity.  It was once said when Mel Gibson’s “Passion of The Christ” was being released that … Read more.

20 Ways to Tell One Story

I can pinpoint the beginning of my fascination with multimedia. I was sitting in class, a junior in college, when my professor unleashed the most eye-opening, brain shattering information my poor brain had ever absorbed: The word “media” is plural. … 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.

Music to My Ears and My Creativity

Being a Worship Leader at a church doesn’t always mean you are only playing music on Sundays and rehearsals mid-week. Often times the job description comes along with creating graphics, putting together videos, stage design, lights, audio, etc. Something that … Read more.

Go-To Gel Colors for Front Lighting

Have you ever stood frozen in front of the paint swatches at the hardware store? No matter how long you spend making up your mind, without fail the color never quite looks as expected once you’ve painted the whole room. … Read more.

It’s About Time

As worship creatives we often have a lot going on inside and outside of our heads. It can be great! That’s where a lot of our creativity comes from but there are times when all that activity can be overwhelming. … 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.

3 Ways to Achieve an Effective Stage Design

A great stage design can be one of the highlights of the experience you are creating for your congregation on Sunday. Here are three ways you can achieve an effective stage design at your church: Be at the creative meetings … 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.

Let it Breathe.

When planning service orders, most of us pay closest attention to the songs we put in the set list. Typically, the average service order will stay the same give or take a video here or a special piece there. However, … Read more.

Has the Media taken Liberty too far?

It would seem that all we have heard about lately in the news is how people are complaining about their rights.  That my friends has been a battle that has gone on since the inception of our nation back in … Read more.

Your English Teacher Taught You Lighting Design

Remember learning about dramatic structure in middle school English class? Exposition, rising action, climax, etc? There’s a good chance that this has never crossed your mind twenty minutes before service when you’re frantically pounding away at the lighting console, trying … 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.

How to have a Great Mix

Why is it so important to have a great mix? This is a question I get occasionally from Volunteers, Congregants, Pastors and yes even Tech Directors, so let’s talk about it. Let’s first define what a great mix is. I … Read more.

How to Create a Portable-Friendly Set

As part of a church that is constantly growing, changing, and implementing new elements as part of the church experience, it is vital to constantly stay informed on new lighting techniques which also includes stage lay outs. No matter what, … Read more.

Let Them Contribute

A few weeks ago after a worship service I received some great advice from a businessman that applies to our role as Worship Leaders. Every week our goal is to lead people in worship and usually there is some sort … 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.

Four Ways to Use Social Media for Your Team

Social media has changed the way we communicate. That’s not a new statement. And over the years, people have found incredibly creative ways to use it. From announcing the release of a new album, to hosting conferences, to simply reminding … Read more.


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.

Stage Design on a Budget

When it comes to stage design, money matters. Unfortunately, when you are a part of a smaller church and have a low or non-existent budget, money matters even more. Money, however, does not have to dictate your design options.   … Read more.

Using Media to Reach The Lost

With a background in media I can honestly tell you about the effects it can have in a positive way for what we do in ministry.  Years ago the way folks invited others to church and reached out to witness … 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.


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.

4 Ways to Lead as a Volunteer

If you’re a volunteer on the Media Production Team at your church, you know that your Church Media Director or Coordinator can’t do it all. And he shouldn’t. It takes many volunteers to execute an excellent worship experience. As a … Read more.


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.

Instructions Not Included

It’s hours before Christmas morning or minutes after a child’s birthday party and daddies everywhere are stepping over millions of parts to look in the box for the infamous instruction manual. Instruction manuals either make us men look really smart … Read more.


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.


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.

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.

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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