Here are the most visited stage designs for the month of January. Just want to say another big thank you to all the stage designers who submit their stuff for us to see. Continue Reading…

Vision Map: A Resource for Starting Something

Loads of people who read CSDI have big dreams to do other things with their life. They might want to write a book, start a church, or launch an organization. I wanted to make you aware of a book my brother wrote that’ll help you make it a reality. It’s called Vision Map. (It’s $9.59 in paperback, or $7.55 for Kindle.)

It helps you launch a dream that seems too big to handle. It gives you practical steps to take your vision and map it out step by step—letting you see what you need to do and what God needs to do. Plus, it’s such a great read you can probably finish it in one sitting. (I did.)

You’ll read the story of how Joël started Summit Leaders as he breaks it down step by step.

Check it out and grab a copy. While you’re there, be sure to grab Created for More and Unwelcome too.

Here are the most visited stage designs for the month of December. Just want to say another big thank you to all the stage designers who submit their stuff for us to see. Continue Reading…

7 Last-Minute Christmas Stage Design Options

Did Christmas sneak up on you? Needing a last-minute stage design that looks good, but is also attainable in a short amount of time? We’ve put together a list of seven options that will do just that.

If this list doesn’t strike your fancy, consult the full list of Christmas designs and see what might be right for your church. Continue Reading…

Using LED Lighting and Haze Together

This post sponsored by StageLightCompany.com—professional lighting for churches.

This article from Duke DeJong talks about using LED lighting effectively in an environment that incorporates haze. Continue Reading…

Here are the most visited stage designs for the month of November. Just want to say another big thank you to all the stage designers who submit their stuff for us to see. Continue Reading…

We Need Designs

November 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

Update on the site: Over the last few months we’ve been having all sorts of errors and wonky things happening with the site. So last week we changed the server. You’ll probably notice how much faster the site’s running now. I’m pretty happy about that.

But also, some of the issue we’ve been having was with the submission form. If you never got an email back from us after submitting a design to the site, there’s a good chance we never received it. But good news, we’ve fixed the form. You can now submit a design and we’ll actually get it.

So if you’ve been sitting on a design you want to see on the site, send it our way. We need some great designs to post to the site. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we’ve been getting this all fixed up and working well.

–Jonathan Malm

Uplighting in Your Stage Design

This post sponsored by StageLightCompany.com—professional lighting for churches.

This article from Steven Hall is all using uplighting for your stage design—especially using LED lighting. Continue Reading…

Are You Making Visitors Feel ‘Unwelcome’?

Walking into a church for the first time can be scary. Are you making your first-time guests feel welcome? Or are you driving them away—unintentionally—with bad signage, reserved seating, clunky communication and more?

In this new book from Jonathan Malm, Unwelcome examines 50 ways churches make first-time visitors feel unwelcome. The transgressions range from insider lingo to awkward transitions, a cold congregation to the over-eager greeter.

With all 50 church faux pas, Jonathan suggests ways to not only fix the problem, but also infuse excellence into the situation so churches can put their best foot forward with first-time guests. A few simple changes can help your church roll out the welcome mat for your guests.

Grab a copy (print or digital) at Amazon.com or from iBooks.

What a great idea for a book! When I began reading Unwelcome, my first reaction was to begin counting how many copies I would need for the pastors and staff I work with. I’m excited about sharing and discussing this book with them.
Scott McClellan —Communications Pastor at Irving Bible Church

Get “Created for More” for 40% Off

The publisher for my book, Created for More, is offering a 40% discount for churches and teams wanting to buy 10 or more copies. To encourage creative teams to read through Created for More as a group, Moody Publishers has made this discount available on their site until December 12th.

Buy them from ShopMoodyPublishers for only $7.19 each. Grab some copies, then use the devotional to help your team focus and learn together. I guarantee the level of creativity at your church will grow quickly if you all go through this book together.

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