worship background video loops

28
May
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

So I’ve added quite a few new church websites to my portfolio lately and I’m pretty happy with how they all came out. I’m just about burned out creatively though so I will probably take a few new clients this month and then not take any more for the rest of the year. I wanted to post some random musings though:

1. I’ve just discovered FLICKR and I love it (yes I’m about 10 years behind)! Here are some great christian designs Ive found http://www.flickr.com/photos/51204974@N00/favorites/

2. Sites everywhere are stealing my content AND graphics from mychurchwebsite.com! Grrrrr. PLEASE don’t steal my content. I wrote and designed it all myself and even though its not THAT great, its still my own :-) I find it hilarious when they take personal content I wrote that only applies to ME and post it on their site.

3. Gospel Software contacted me and asked me to be an affiliate. I just might do so… but if anyone wants to check them out, they are at http://www.gospelsoftware.com. Let me know if you have a good experience with them. The people behind it are real great guys, that I know. They offer:

  • Directory › An online photo directory & member database for your church.
  • GuestView › A complete guest management solution for your church.
  • SongBook › Manage your church’s worship songs and set lists.

4. I made this book thing a while ago and never finished it http://www.noperfectpeople.com/book/. It was supposed to be a way to reach people with the gospel in a creative way but I never got inspired enough to continue work on it. If anyone has any ideas or wants to try their hand at it, let me know. We really need creative way to do so online. There isnt much out there that I’ve seen that’s any good.

5. I always get asked if I can recommend anyone good to design a church site when I am not taking clients. Although I can’t recommend anyone you do get what you pay for, so be careful. I would stay away from anyone offering full flash sites. I would stay away from anyone that doesn’t have a portfolio readily available to view. I would stay away from anyone that is offering the world to you because no one is the best at EVERYTHING.
 
6.  I can’t believe I’m still number 1 in google and yahoo for church website design! Its been like 3 years since I got up there! It is truly a blessing :-)
 
7. My IPHONE is my best friend, is that so wrong? :-p My favorite games right now on it are: Peggle, Bobby Carrot 2, Flight Control, and DoodleJump.

  


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6
Oct
Posted in Personal Thoughts by Mike

I know what its like to have 2 million dollars in my stock account and I know what its like to have 0 dollars in my stock AND bank account! Ive made it all and lost it all, over and over. And I have to admit, the times when I was the happiest was when I had alot of money. But was I fufilled? Absolutely not. It was never enough, even with all the great “christian” intentions I had for the money. I always wanted just a LITTLE more, so I could help that person down the street with some need. Thats how I rationalized it. I was going to use the money for GOD! But money has a subtle way of stripping us of that close relationship with God. The more we have, the less reliant on God we become to provide. And in losing that, we miss out on so much spiritual growth. 

I’m not saying having money is bad. There really is ALOT of good that can be done with money. I know this. But when I see the stock market collapsing and people losing jobs and life savings, I can only see that as a good thing for our country, spiritually. Why? Because we will come to see God as the provider. We will stop trusting in money for our security. We will see more opportunities to show the love of Christ to people who are in need.

I don’t recommend books very often but I have to here. This book has really changed my attitude about this topic and so much else. Its gotten me back into the Word. Its refocused me on my mission in this life. The book is ‘crazy love’ and its website is at www.crazylovebook.com. You can order it at amazon.com. Even if you don’t get the book, at least watch his videos on the official website for the book. I’m telling you, it will change your life in some way!


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1
Jan
Posted in Personal Thoughts by Mike

I am frustrated. I want to be inspired. I want to be moved. I want something I can feel proud to show people. I’d LOVE something to be able to show someone who isn’t even a Christian. Something that would at least get them to think or plant a seed. But most of the christian videos being made today still have such a low quality look and are just recycling the same cliches. Why can’t we in the christian community develop unique ways of presenting biblical truths?

So here are some overused ideas (with some sarcasm) I can’t stand anymore: Read the rest of this entry »


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4
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

All summer I’ve been working on getting my newest online store up. It’s consumed me. Which is why I’m happy to announce that my new worship video loop store, Christian Collages Video, is officially online! I really hope everyone likes what I’ve made and finds the video loops useful for their church. Its hard making videos that are universal in appeal, and on top of that, able to be used as backgrounds for worship in a way that doesn’t distract the audience, but instead enhances the worship environment.

For now, these videos will not be found elsewhere online. They will only be sold on my website.

 

On the church website front, I am still not taking any new clients. I’ve only taken 10 this year and I’m sorry to all the churches I’ve had to turn down. I still love web design but right now its not my passion. I will probably be focusing more on my worship video loops store in the coming months so I’m not sure when/if I will take new website clients. If i do take any, it will be posted on my website www.mychurchwebsite.com.


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13
May
Posted in Christian Videos by Mike

Found some more videos I really thought were great:

Is this in my head?

Where is the love?

Wall of Me

Gift of Worship

I Was Here

A Man In A Hole

He Was

It Is Well Within My Soul

Your Words


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23
Jan
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

I have invested in the creation of a new volunteer management tool for my church website clients! There is nothing like it out there for the general public, which is what forced me to pay to have one created. I am thinking about selling it to all churches who use joomla as their CMS, perhaps later in the year, if their is enough demand for it. The features are: Read the rest of this entry »


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23
Jan
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

I found a great little free program that will convert your sermon to a great sized mp3 file. You can follow the instructions here: Read the rest of this entry »


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1
Dec
Posted in Personal Thoughts by Mike

I wanted to write a blog article real quick about why I stopped taking church website clients. I don’t really like writing about myself personally so that’s why I never really went into much detail but enough people have asked so I’ll post a summary for those interested.

In summer of 05, I lost all my money in the stock market. Read the rest of this entry »


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30
Nov
Posted in Christian Videos by Mike

I found some more videos that I like! I hope you do too :-) Unfortunately most of them have watermarks over them but you can still appreciate them.

Christmas and Advent – Love the way the song is sang in this one (if ANYONE knows who sings this version of the song, I would LOVE to know!!)

Come Awake – Love the song and the way it builds and builds towards the climax… the ending is the best so watch it all the way!

Letting Go – Very well shot and a good message


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10
Nov
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

After creating over 70 church websites over the past 2 years, each with their own different needs, I want to share with you some thoughts on what I’ve seen that hopefully will help those building a new church website. So here are both my observations and tips:

1. By far, the most popular page on a website is your calendar. So make SURE your calendar page looks nice, is easy to navigate, and fits in with the design of your site.

2. Audio sermons are actually the 2nd most popular part of a church website (if they have them). So its a good idea to do some research if you don’t know how and start getting your sermons online. 98% of church sites I’ve been to are giving them away for free. Personally, I’m against churches trying to sell their sermons online to download. It doesn’t cost the church anything to put up an audio file. And a lot of times you want to send the sermon to a friend, who will NOT want to pay for it. Read the rest of this entry »


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