Motion Graphics: The Chocolate Sauce of Modern Church Services

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“The same way a campfire draws us into conversation and deep thought, on a basic level, abstract animation captures our attention,” says Fred Sprinkle, Faithlife’s motion graphics team lead. But using animation well isn’t as simple as choosing to use them or not. According to Fred, achieving the right effect is all about timing. “You […]

How to Get Two Free Months of Proclaim—Every Year

Proclaim Church Presentation Software

If you’re church has a monthly subscription to Proclaim Church Presentation Software, you could provide your church with the same software for less money. When you switch from a monthly subscription to an annual subscription, your church saves 16% or more every month. And that all adds up to two or more free months of […]

Why Church Design Is a Team Effort—Not Just One Person’s Job

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Christine Christophersen used to be a graphic designer for a megachurch in Omaha, Nebraska. Now, she’s our Pro Media art director, and she equips churches with relevant, high-quality church media. Having worked with a large team of church staff and volunteers for three and a half years, Christine has a lot of insight into how each component […]

Thanksgiving Church Media: A Visual Feast for Your Whole Congregation

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Our designers have decided it’s about time we shared some of the famously beautiful colors of Fall with you! Here in Bellingham, the leaves are changing from vibrant green to deep red and fiery orange. Even if that’s not what you see outside your window, your church presentations can remind your church that God has […]

Why Good Theology Deserves Good Design

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“What you say and how you say it aren’t disconnected ideas,” says Micah Ellis, the design director at Faithlife. “They aren’t separable.” Communication is more than the words you choose. Tone, body language, context, and other factors affect what you ultimately communicate to your audience—and how well they connect with your message. It’s partly why people naturally gravitate towards […]

CMG Create: Free Backgrounds You Can Use in Proclaim

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This June, Church Motion Graphics started doing something awesome. Every month, they turn their latest motions into free, customizable still slides. It’s called CMG Create. It’s a searchable media browser full of high resolution images your church can use right now. You can choose the aspect ratio you need, and CMG Create will resize it […]

Pastors: Here Are 10 Things Your Sound Tech Wants to Tell You

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You’ve seen it before. Your sermon is going great, but for some reason the sound tech is trying to distract you. They’re interpretive dancing a message to you. You’re supposed to do something—something is wrong—but what? It’s sermon charades! It’s probably not that dramatic, but sometimes it’s hard to know what adjustments you need to […]

You Have a Booger: 19 Times a Confidence Monitor Hilariously Saved the Day


When you’re onstage, you don’t see what the audience sees. It’s all bright lights and (hopefully) smiling faces. That’s why it helps to have someone in the sound booth who can discreetly tell you when your mic is off, or remind you about that important announcement you almost forgot to make. Proclaim now lets you […]

Church Volunteer Recruitment: 13 Tips to Grow Your Volunteer Program

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Right now, there are people in your church who want to volunteer, but aren’t involved yet. Some of them are waiting for the right opportunity—the role that perfectly aligns with their gifts. Others are literally just waiting to be asked. The challenge for your staff is finding the right times to ask, the right ways to ask, […]