A Happy Little Mix (What Bob Ross Taught Me About Audio)

While channel surfing the other night I came across a Bob Ross Auto tune montage on PBS. I grabbed my iPad and began searching for clips of his “Joy of Painting” show. It brought back a flood of memories – watching his show at my great grandmother’s house, sitting on her lime green davenport (that’s what she called the couch.) Neither of us were painters, but we loved watching him – how he layered on paint, created shadows and textures, and in 26 minutes a work of art was complete. Hearing his soothing voice and him telling me to believe, still makes me think I could actually paint. It really got me thinking about how much being a Leader and Painting are similar.

If you believe, YOU can do anything. I know how cliché that sounds, but it’s the first step. In my ministry, I have had many people back away from mixing audio because it intimidates them. The knobs, faders, and lights seem overwhelming at first. When I start training a new audio volunteer, I ask them to commit upfront to give it 3 weeks (3 training sessions) before deciding it’s just not for them.

Instilling confidence in them, much like Bob did on his show, is very powerful. When I believe in their ability, they start to as well. They are an artist, and the stage is their canvas.

They are creating a masterpiece, using the instruments as paints, and the board as the brush. Add lows, cut highs, push the vocals, it’s all apart of a bigger work in the making.

There are no limits – swap a mic for a new sound, tweak the EQ, or add some reverb. Suddenly the mix comes alive.

I never get bored mixing because it’s always different. After a 1,000 shows/services, I know that the next one will be a new experience – a new canvas lets say.

I think now with inspiration from Bob Ross I will be thinking that the “Happy Little Bass Guitar” that needs turned up.

Happy Mixing and God Bless.

Bob Ross host of his show “Joy of Painting” which started in 1982. He’s known for his “You can do it” attitude and all around positive vibe.


Live Webinar – Media Servers: They’re Not Just For Big Churches Anymore

Want to add projected environmental elements or digital scenery to your services? Want to take your church’s multi-media production to the next level? At some point you’ll need to consider a media server. As technology progresses, prices are dropping, and these once expensive units are no longer just for mega-churches.

– From Church Production


I encourage any church looking to add projection or displays to check out this webinar on Tuesday October, 23rd at 2pm. It’s presented by Digital Projection International and Church Production Magazine –  to register Click Here.

Greg Wallace – Creative Arts Pastor at Northview Church (you can find him at Creative Worship Ideas) will bring real world examples and uses for implementing media into your worship services. I will be available to answer any technical questions you might have.

Churches of any size find this Webinar useful especially in their Christmas season preparations.

I hope to see you there!

Thursday Motivation

I’m not one that’s big on motivational posters. I would be the guy to hang a funny Demotivational one in my office. This one however actually inspired me.


It’s knowledge I already had but yet a good reminder.

You have to be willing to GO after those things you want or you’ll never get them.

You won’t become a great at something just sitting alone on your couch. It takes a determined spirit and hard work to attain success.

You have to ASK otherwise the answer is always no.

To many times I’ve been afraid to ask because I already “knew” the answer was no. I kept my dream to myself in fear that asking for help would be greeted with a closed door. Realizing that the answer is always “No” when I do not ask really causes me to check how afraid am I really. Am I willing to give up on something because of a single word? Ask – you never know what doors it will open. 100% of questions never asked aren’t answered (look at me being all motivational.)

You have to STEP forward or you’ll always be in the same place.

Here again, I have had fear hold me back from making a step forward – fear of rejection or failure. That first step can always be hard, but making it can lead to huge reward.

Hopefully you find some motivation in this as well. I pray God has given you a dream to go after.

What are you going after?

Good Neighbor Weekend

I am going to brag on my church (Northview) here. This weekend we conducted our annual Good Neighbor Weekend. We canceled services and sent the entire congregation out into the community to serve. Why I love being at Northview is that we believe enough in what we preach to put it into practice. Jesus calls us to: “…Serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).

The group I was in this morning was serving on the South-Side of Indianapolis. We were landscaping a community area in a neighborhood, and it was amazing. Not because we were landscaping but the neighborhood’s reaction to us. They were coming out of their houses to bring us coffee – one guy even made a cake. Another family joined in to help and opened their home up to people needing a restroom. This community was shocked that a church on the North-Side that they had never heard of, would come love on them. It was a true blessing.


The effort and man hours it takes to organize this is incredible. Our Outreach team spends months getting places for the church to serve, getting people placed in groups and so on. I have to say their team is impressive. I had it relatively easy this weekend with a small band and 2 vocal mics to deal with at the send off party. They had to get 4,000 people to sign in, form groups and then travel to their location to serve. My hat is off to you Outreach Team!

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35

The other reality of the matter is it costs a lot of money for the church to put this on. It’s a whole lotta faith that our leadership has that our people will remember to tithe. Even though we’re not meeting as a body for a structured worship service, the bills still have to be paid. As our Lead Pastor Steve Poe (@pastorsteve) said at the commissioning service, “We decided it was more important to get out and serve .” That is why I love my church. We’re real.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”- Dr. Suess


Finally, this isn’t a once a year thing for us. This is the only time we shut down church as a whole, but there are always projects to be done, and people to love on. I know going forward I am going to make sure I am more involved in making a difference. I tend to get very caught up in my own ministry and its needs and not see the world outside the church. The Scripture is true: You’re more blessed when you give than when you receive. 

Why are you still reading this? Get out there and serve someone.

Need and idea on how to get involved? Check out the Good Neighbor Site 

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