MDS 016 – Relaunch

After taking a 4 month break, the MDS Podcast is back! In this latest episode I explain why I took a break, and why it was so important for me. I also lay out the new direction, purpose and new audience the podcast will be geared towards. Wanna know more? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out. Excited for what God is going to do through this podcast! Make sure you find us on social media, and don’t forget to like, follow and subscribe. This is the best way to stay up to date with that we are doing as well as having content to be interactive with the show!

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-RYAN

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MDS 015 – 3 Ways To Create A Set List with Winston Arblaster

This week we have a great repeat guest on the show with us. Winston Arblaster, the Worship Director from New Hope Eugene and New Hope Christian College, joined us for episode 8 where we talked about how to lead your teams well for a great Sunday worship set. During that episode we quickly realized that we were not going to fit all our info into one episode, so we decided to break it into 2 parts. Here is part 2, 3 great ways to create a set list! Winston, once again, has so much great info to share with us, that we struggled to stay within our hour time frame. I’m really starting to think that he and I need to maybe start our own show. Needless to say, this episode does not disappoint.

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Show resources:

You can find Winston online here:

 

 

 

Winston’s Main Points

3 Ways To Create A Set List

  • Know Your People
    • Know Your Congreagation
    • Know your team
  • Know where you are going and to get there
    • Choose 1 song that will engage the congregation immediately
    • Decide where you want to lead them
    • Then pick songs that will most effectively bridge the beginning and ending
  • Make it flow
    • Lyrical connections
    • Musical connections

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MDS 014 – 5 Ways To Design, Implement & Execute Effective Church Lighting with Daniel Rethwill

This week I decided it was time to touch on a subject, that in my opinion, is often overlooked but critical to increasing the engagement in your services. That subject is lighting. Most churches lack not only the right equipment, but the knowledgable volunteers needed to utilize this tool that can vastly help communicate the Gospel in your Sunday Morning services. In order to help share some helpful advice on where to start and how to accomplish this, Ive asked my friend Daniel Rethwill, a lighting designer from AGI Professional in Eugene, OR, to join us for todays discussion. I met Daniel when I was going to bible college in Eugene, and at the time Daniel was just a high schooler, just getting his feet wet into the world of lighting and tech. Fast forward 6 years later and Daniel has become my go to guy for all lighting questions, suggestions and equipment. Daniel has a lot of great advice to give us, so if this is an area of need for your church, don’t hesitate to jump on it!

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Daniel’s Main Points

5 Ways To Design, Implement & Utilize Excellent Church Lighting

  • Create a lighting system within your budget (7:00)
    • Front light, back light & texture (up) light.
    • LED front lights are more affordable these days.
    • Incandescent fixtures are still the most affordable.
    • Know the difference between DJ lights and pro grade lights.
    • Pro grade light = color match, brightness, warranty, longevity.
    • $300-$800 for a good pro grade wash fixture.
    • Computer based lighting console options are more and more common.
  • Create even front and back lighting (23:45)
    • Front light is the most important light you have on your stage.
    • The human eye is naturally drawn to the brightest thing in the room.
    • To eliminate shadows, use multiple fixtures from different angles.
    • Focus your light to hit 6 feet above each person’s head.
    • 35 degree angle is optimal from light bar to stage.
    • If you have a high lighting angle, use up light on the front of the stage.
    • Back light helps give dimension to what’s being lit.
  • Maintain your lighting system (36:50)
    • LED lights last much longer.
    • Make sure you keep track of the usage in hours of your fixtures so you dont blow a bulb in a service. 700 hours is average for an incandescent fixture.
    • Wire up your power outlets to a circuit that can be shut off when you’re not using your LED fixtures. It’ll extend the life of the electronics.
    • DON’T use XLR cables to connect your fixtures. DMX is a digital signal, XLR is an analog signal.
    • You cannot daisy chain more than 32 LED fixtures together.
  • Get creative with your lighting elements in service (44:10)
    • Listen to the setlist and know the songs before you program anything!!!!
    • Your lighting scenes need to match the dynamics of the music.
    • Your lighting choices need to assist the goal of the service, not be a distraction
    • Match your light colors with the media background colors
    • Look for special service segments to make sure you have the proper light locations for those.
    • The louder and faster the song, the higher and brighter the lights should be. Ride the front light intensity. Slower quieter songs elicit softer and darker lights.
    • Lighting tech needs to be at rehearsal to work through scenes and cues, not the day of service. Preparation is in the details.
  • Change up your lighting look periodically to keep things fresh (53:02)
    • Lighting can go hand in hand with screen or environmental projection.
    • If utilize props or elements on stage for your stage design, make sure they are lit properly so people can see them!
    • Try to change your lighting look/stage design minimum of 4 times a year. Once per season. Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.
    • Add a few things for Christmas & Easter to make those events stand out.
    • Don’t get carried away. KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Resources: 

SEEDS – Live event front lighting video

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Suggested Fixtures

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Lighting Software

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MDS 013 – 3 Ways To Develop & Execute Music Ministry Leadership with Scotty Mearig

This week I have the honor of introducing you to one of my favorite people on the planet. My guest this week is Scotty Mearig, the Production Coordinator at Dream Records. Scotty is a phenomenal musician, and one of my personal favorite bass players to play with. Did I mention he can also play the guitar, piano and drums??? NOT FAIR! We played together off and on during college, and I even tried to convince him once to move to the mainland to join a very short lived band. I guess he knew it wasn’t going to last very long. What I really learned to love about Scotty, above his musical ability, is his heart and desire to help raise up new leaders within music ministry. On top of working at Dream Records in his Production Coordinator role, which includes a lot of audio engineering projects, Scotty serves at New Hope Oahu, in Honolulu, HI, with all the music ministry teams. It’s within those teams that he is able to continue to bridge the gap between the church and the world and combine those two realities with the love and passion of music. You will not want to miss what he has to share with us in this latest episode!

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You can find Scotty online here:

Check out some NHO Music Scotty has helped write, record, produce and played on HERE as well as some music videos HERE.

Scotty’s Main Points

3 Ways To Execute and Develop Music Ministry Leadership

  • Honor God (7:58)
    • We operate according to His kingdom, not according to the systems of the world
    • Learn to hear His voice
  • Leadership Is Everything (20:02)
    • Serve your people
    • Release you people
    • Trust them
  • Honor The Gift Of Music (26:46)
    • Right now the world is doing better than the church
    • Skill is EQUALLY important as the heart.
    • DONT PICK ONE OVER THE OTHER!

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MDS 012 – 5 Ways To Improve Your Church Communications with Bo Lane

This week I have a great guest for you, who is what I like to call a communications guru. Today, we are joined by my friend Bo Lane. Bo and I worked together at Timberlake Church in Redmond, WA a few years back. I was the technical director and he was the media director so we worked closely the entire time I was there. I really got to know not only Bo’s talents as a videographer, but also his heart and passion to see the church reach people far from God, via good church communications. Since our time together at Timberlake, Bo has continues to refine his process to help others achieve great communications within the local church and we want to share that with you today!

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Bo’s Main Points

5 Ways To Improve Your Church Communications

  • It’s not my job to do your job (10:05)
    • We will come back to this later
    • It’s my job to communicate the mission and the vision of the church
  • Church size really does matter (11:15)
    • We should celebrate numbers
    • Our church leadership and communication style has to change as our church size changes
    • Are you a generalist or a specialist? At what size of your church do you change from one to the other?
    • How can you retain who you have or gain who you don’t, or are you willing to give one up.
  • Define the foundational, occasional and discretionary elements of your services and your events (25:50)
    • What does it mean to be the church within your community?
    • You need to define, by writing it down, who you are
      • This is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
    • We have to ask what our why is
  • As communication people, we are the glass that magnifies, not defines
    • What is our purpose? Biblical and practical.
    • If we only have 7 minutes in our service for discretionary items, how are we best using that time?
  • Be intentional about being intentional (39:30)
    • What and how do we promote
    • We have to do this every step of the way.

Check out LEADERSHIP AND CHURCH SIZE DYNAMICS by Timothy Keller

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MDS 011 – The Big 3 Of Youth Ministry with Shawn Roberts

This week we finally jump into the world of Youth Ministry. I know we will do more episodes on youth ministry in the future, but I wanted to start out on this topic with a bang. My guest this week is Shawn Roberts, who is currently the Lead Pastor at The Fathers House Foursquare Church in Granite Falls, WA, but before accepting his currently position, Shawn worked as a Jr. & Sr. high pastor at a handful of churches for the past 25 years. A few of those years, I had the privilege to work with Shawn at New Life Church in Everett, WA. Shawn has an undying commitment to see youth come to know God and he has some crazy stories to tell about how he’s achieved that. From metal bands, to dreadlocks, to hockey and more, Shawn’s ministry has always been full on fun, excitement and unexpected but amazing events. I cant wait for you guys to hear what he has to say!

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Shawn’s Main Points

The Big 3 of Youth Ministry 

From Jeanne Mayo – Check out her blog HERE

  • Having a passionate love for God (10:40)
    • You have to have God on tap or else kids will notice
    • 20 second prayer – knees hit the floor first thing when you get out of bed
    • Be in God’s word everyday
    • SOAP Journal – Wayne Cordeiro
  • Having a genuine love for teens (20:00)
    • Kids know when you love them – DON’T FAKE IT
    • Love breaks down barriers
    • Going to middle school concerts, high schools plays, school sport games, taking phone calls at 4AM.
    • Be flexible
    • Willingness to be inconvenienced
  • Having a bit of the kid in you (30:30)
    • Not afraid to have fun with them
    • You don’t need to be pristine and perfect
    • Be on campus to understand youth culture
    • If you can play with them, you can pray with them

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MDS 010 – 3 Ways To Balance Family and Ministry with Signe Tapert

This week we celebrate reaching our first double digit episode by having an extra special guest for episode 10. I’m honored to have my very own wife, Signe Tapert, joining us for today’s discussion. Our topic today centers around our top 3 ways to balance family and ministry. Signe and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this year, and although 5 years is not a long time, we do however feel like we have got somewhat of a grasp on how to accomplish this balance successfully. We are in no way shape or form experts on this topic, BUT I do believe we have some valuable insight to share about what has worked for us.

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Signe’s Main Points

3 Ways to Balance Family and Ministry

  • Communication (10:20)
    • With your spouse & children
    • Share your vision and goals
    • Ministry is a lifestyle, not just something you do
  • Health (21:35)
    • Who you are at church is who you are at home
    • Being consistent
    • Constantly lifting each other up
    • Don’t expect your spouse to serve the same amount as you do
    • It’s OK to say no
  • Prioritizing (30:30)
    • What is God asking you to do and serve?
    • What is realistic?
    • is there something you can do to serve together as a couple?
    • Only do what only you can do – Andy Stanley
    • Execute the things you say yes to the best you can

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MDS 009 – How To Be A Creative That Your Leadership Loves with Tristen Cox

This week I am joined by a great friend of mine, the Worship Director at Timberlake Church in Redmond, WA, Tristen Cox. Tristen and I attended college together at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and worked together at Timberlake. Since coming on staff at Timberlake in 2010, Tristen has held a handful of different titles and positions at Timberlake within the creative department, yet no matter what his title and job description is, he continues to be a creative force that his leadership team loves. Typically in churches, the leadership just doesn’t quite understand us creative people, but with Tristen’s advice, I firmly believe you can change that mindset around and become a voice that cannot be ignored.

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Tristen’s Main Points

How To Be A Creative That Your Leadership Loves

  • Your creative vision is never bigger than your church’s mission (13:24)
    • Don’t use creativity for the sake of being creative, use it to accomplish a goal
    • Everyone has the opportunity to hear the gospel, just not everyone has that opportunity twice, so it’s our job to eliminate distractions.
  • Nothing replaces hard work (29:30)
    • If your only creative outlet is church, you’re going to frustrate alot of people
  • Understand the curse that comes with your gift (36:30)
    • You have no excuse to not do your job well just because you’re a creative
    • You have to remember you’re getting paid from people sacrificially giving
    • We are in the people business

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MDS 008 – 3 Ways To Lead Your Team Well For A Great Worship Set with Winston Arblaster

This week I am joined by one of my greatest friends, Winston Arblaster, the Worship Director at New Hope Eugene, in Eugene, OR. On top of being the worship director at the church, Winston is also on staff as the chair head of music and worship at my Alma Mater, New Hope Christian College. As a student, Winston was my music theory and guitar teacher, as a co-worker he was my music director, and as a friend, he is someone I highly look up to as a great model for a person who takes extreme responsibility and care for his work and the level of excellence that’s its done with. And for that reason, I asked him to join us on this episode to share his wisdom of how to prepare and lead his team well! Playing and leading worship every week is a by product of the preparation, mindset and heart that goes into crafting Sundays. Join us for this great discussion as we learn more of the why.

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Winston’s Main Points

3 Ways To Lead Your Team Well For A Great Worship Set

  • Set your team up for success (09:32)
    • Help them prepare well for rehearsal
    • Have clear expectations for the rehearsal
  • Run a great rehearsal (21:00)
    • Be efficient with your time
    • Keep things focused and the mood light
  • Be sensitive to the needs of the service & guidance of the Holy Spirit (42:35)
    • Be flexible to cut, change or move any aspects of the service if necessary
    • Make a way for the Spirit’s leading

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MDS 007 – 3 Ways To Change Your Church Culture with Don Garberg

On this weeks episode of the MDS podcast, we are joined by my father-in-law, the associate pastor at LifePoint Church in Lake Stevens, WA, Don Garberg. I’ve known Don now for close to 15 years. Over the course of that time we have worked together at 3 different churches and had many, many conversations regarding change. Even more specifically change in church culture. We boiled this topic down into 3 main ways for today discussion. You wont want to miss this episode!

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LifePoint Church:

Don’s Main Points

3 ways to change your church culture

  • Creative Change – music, graphics, videos, web site, environment (09:03)
  • Spiritual Change – Why do we go to church? Why do we serve? (39:45)
  • Practical Change – What’s your filter? Why do you do what you do? (50:02)

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