I had the privileged of addressing my favorite House yesterday on the subject of production and its value within the Church world. The impetus came from my Senior Pastor, Kirk Gilchrist, who never shies away from taking issues head-on–one of the reasons I so appreciate his leadership. Rather than let people wonder why (or why not) we run our sound system the way we do, or why we use graphics, or why our lobby looks the way it does, he informs them preemptively before rumors have a chance to become destructive.

As the Creative Arts Pastor, yesterday’s production explanation fell on me.

And I was was excited for the chance.

Training a community how to value beauty is one of the most significant steps toward teaching a culture how to value life.

The response to my short presentation was so overwhelming that I decided to answer the requests for my notes and the message link by providing both below. Feel free to use as you need and pass on to your own church leadership or staff. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have and help you in your process. ch:



What role does production play in your church services? How has it impacted people’s hearts for Jesus? If production is not something utilized by your congregation, how might elements of lighting, audio, video, graphics, printing, or stage management improve the message you’re attempting to communicate?


Sarah · 18 Apr ’11 at 9:39 pm

Nicely done, ch! Our God is a details God, why is it we as Christians feel we can overlook the details.

    Christopher Hopper · 18 Apr ’11 at 11:15 pm

    Not sure, but I agree. May we be catalysts of change in our region!

Christian Fahey · 19 Apr ’11 at 2:13 pm

C–the pdf is not coming through. Did it load right?


    Christopher Hopper · 20 Apr ’11 at 7:37 am

    Hmmm, it’s working for me.


    What browser are you using?

      Christian Fahey · 20 Apr ’11 at 10:12 am

      Downloading to desktop and opening with Acrobat. Something funky’s going on (I open a kazillion of these for work, so no problems on this end). Have to check later. No biggie. Thax.

Mike Kim · 20 Apr ’11 at 1:14 am

Terrific notes, and really good stuff there! Dang, I wish I had you speak on this at Outloud…next year! Is there an audio recording of this message anywhere?

Samantha · 11 May ’11 at 6:16 pm

I’d have to say that I deff agree with this, I went to a church in college that was veryyy old school the prints were from the 80s! Though the inward life is far more beneficial than the outward I think it says something of a church to be “with” the people as far as making church not seem so strange and outdated to non-believers. We don’t want people to think we have outdated beliefs and church is only for the older generation!! Very cool you did this!

    Christopher Hopper · 12 May ’11 at 7:17 am

    Sam: isn’t it interesting how we can base relevance simply on appearance as humans? Sure, I wish it weren’t so…but then again, I have to believe God made us that way (that’s why we have eyes!). Thanks for your comments as always.

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