Third Day @ Northview

We had Third Day at Northview this week for 2 days. It is a LOT of work to put on these events and it never seems like you can do enough preplanning. After living on the tour side for years, and now experiencing the venue side, my thought is, plan for the unexpected. I recently wrote an an article for Church Production Magazine about live event planning, which helped remind me of all that goes into these concerts.

We had 16 production volunteers, 1 intern, and 6 production staff members  on hand  for the evening just for the show. That doesn’t include loaders to setup or tear down of which there were another 2o some people. It takes an army to make this all happen, and I am so proud of my team!

Since this was their second time here, it made for a mini reunion with most of the crew guys. I sat and talked with their Front of House guy and Production Manager about their new sound system and ways to tweak ours here at the church. With the entire crew, I swapped horror stories of life on the road and funny things that happened the last time they were here.

Once the show is under way, I can really lay low (as long as I keep my radio near me,) and I am free to wander the room. I recently got back into photography (Awkward segway.) This freedom allowed me to take my recently repaired Canon Rebel out and remember that I am not a very good photographer. Here are some photos from the night. Not all of them are great, I am still learning the ins and outs of the trade. Check them out below by clicking the picture. Let me know what you think.
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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!

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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