Podcast

  • Podcast Episode #22: Daniel Connell - Leadership in Lighting

    Posted 17 January 2016

      Daniel Connell is a production designer with a focus on live events. His work includes event design and execution, and system design for both permanent and mobile applications. Daniel has worked in the concert, theater, television, and house of worship markets. Daniel believes lighting should be an extension of...
  • Podcast Episode #21: Larry Hubatka - How Elevation Church Structures Their Creative Team to Win

    Posted 04 January 2016

    Jared: Larry, thank you so much for joining us on the show today.   Larry: Thanks, Jared. Thanks for having me.   Jared: Absolutely. Let’s just go for it here. Give us a little back story. You’ve been at Elevation now for a decade or close to a decade. Is...
  • Podcast Episode #21: Larry Hubatka - How Elevation Church Structures Their Creative Team to Win

    Posted 04 January 2016

    Larry Hubatka, the Creative Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, oversees everything you see at Elevation from graphics to print to video. On this episode, Larry pulls back the curtain on how the Elevation creative team is structured to serve the entire church. From kids and youth, to...
  • Podcast Episode #20: Grant Pankratz - 3 Simple Ways Youth America Reaches People

    Posted 22 December 2015

        Grant Pankratz is the Lead Pastor of Church of the Harvest in Oklahoma City, OK. Additionally, he's the Youth America pastor. Grant oversees the youth ministry of all five of the church's campuses. As if that's not enough responsibility, he also has the oversight of the Youth America...
  • Podcast Episode #19: Andrew Stone - The Importance of Core Values

    Posted 06 December 2015

      Andrew Stone oversees production at all of the environments at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. After having spent many years touring on the road. He has a tremendous ability to take the craziest concepts and make them happen while getting the most bang for your buck, and his...
  • My Writing Process

    Posted 06 October 2015

    Writing can be such a fun and rewarding experience. When you are able to successfully translate ideas into words so that those words connect with people and move them to an emotion, there's nothing quite like it. Arriving at that point, however, can be excruciating, frustrating, and can even make...
  • Get Uncomfortable

    Posted 29 September 2015

    Life can be pretty comfortable these days. Every morning, we wake up in our Tempurpedic beds in a room that is set to our ideal temperature for maximum hibernation. Then, we hop into our transportation apparatus of choice and stream any song our hearts desire from a phone that's smarter...
  • Wherever you would call...

    Posted 18 September 2015

    I don't know about you, but I LOVE the song Oceans by Hillsong. I realize this song is a tad "old-hat" now, but this song helped me through a very tough time in my life. I love the message of the song, the passion in the song and it's a great...
  • Consistency

    Posted 30 July 2015

    Andy Stanley says, "Any strategy will work if you work the strategy." In other words, be consistent. Make a plan and stick to it. It does NOT have to be perfect. When you start and stop, start and stop, change course, start, stop...you get the point, it gets you nowhere. One...
  • Goal setting...think SMART

    Posted 28 July 2015

    I'm in the middle of reading Clay Clark's latest book, Thrive! It's been a great read so far. I had the pleasure of working with Clay for many years and know firsthand that he's the real deal (He'll actually be on our podcast very soon). He had some things to...
  • An Interview With Judah Smith

    Posted 29 June 2015

    For our guest blog post this month, we are honored to have Pastor Judah Smith from The City Church in Seattle, Washington. Pastor Judah is a gifted communicator, pastor, and author. His most recent book is titled, Life is ____.: God's Illogical Love Will Change Your Existence. It's a great...
  • Time Management Magic Pt 2 :: Lee Cockerell

    Posted 26 June 2015

    Today's guest blog post is from none other than the great Lee Cockerell. Lee spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry developing skills and learning lessons in leadership with some incredible companies, including Walt Disney World, where he was the Executive Vice President of Operations for all of...
  • Time Management Magic Pt 1 :: Lee Cockerell

    Posted 09 June 2015

    Today's guest blog post is from none other than the great Lee Cockerell. Lee spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry developing skills and learning lessons in leadership with some incredible companies, including Walt Disney World, where he was the Executive Vice President of Operations for all of...
  • What I've Learned While Planting A Church :: Stephen Martin

    Posted 02 May 2015

    This guest blog post comes from our good friend Stephen Martin. In January 2014, Pastor Stephen and his family planted Vintage Church in Harker Heights, Texas. We asked him to share some things that he has learned during the church planting process, and he was kind enough to share some...
  • Podcast Episode 07 (Full Interview) : Joe McGee

    Posted 28 March 2015

  • Do it

    Posted 17 February 2015

    Nike is on to something. Just do it. I recently had a discussion with a kindly fellow about his job. He didn’t seem necessarily crazy about where he was at in his career. I believe he was 30 years old with a wife and 3-5 kids (I’m not the best...
  • Podcast Episode 05: Pastor Whitney George

    Posted 10 December 2014

    Check out our latest podcast with Pastor Whitney George, the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK.   
  • Training - Why should you train?

    Posted 08 May 2014

    As leaders, I'm sure at one point or another, we've all heard the phrase, "Go to work on your business (or organization) rather than in it." To some this may be counter intuitive, "if I don't work in my organization, who will" you may be thinking. Well I've never been...
  • Too big. Too fast.

    Posted 08 May 2014

    No matter what field of work you are in, ministry, business or anything else, it's easy to constantly want to grow. And there is nothing wrong with that. In reading the parable of the talents, our Master, wants to see us do great things with our resources and multiply them...
  • No

    Posted 15 April 2014

    What a simple word. Only comprised of two letters. Yet holds a lot of power. The word "NO" is one of the most powerful words you can learn to say. It creates good boundaries. And as well all know, good boundaries create good neighbors. So with the people around you,...
  • The Win

    Posted 10 April 2014

    March Madness is one of the best times of the year. I love everything about it; the upsets, the excitement, the surprising stars that emerge out of nowhere to become household names.  But some of my favorite moments actually happen the week before The Tournament, in the Conference Finals. When...
  • Quality

    Posted 31 March 2014

    So many people (certainly not you) are so concerned with how to market their next event, how to get more butts in the seats, how to get the word out. While this is important, what if we really focused on something else, what if we focused on the quality of...
  • Good ideas aren't enough.

    Posted 14 March 2014

    I've heard so many people that I respect, creative and otherwise, that talk about working on their craft. They have a spark of inspiration and think it's the greatest idea ever. But they don't stop there and run full force with that idea. They keep working on the idea. It...
  • Setting the example for serving.

    Posted 13 March 2014

    I was recently listening to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, which is amazing if you didn't already know. Anyhow, his guest (I'm forgetting his name) was talking about how in the church world we SHOULD be setting the example for serving for other industries want to copy us. Afterall, we...
  • What's your message?

    Posted 01 March 2014

     We all know the answer to this when it comes to Sunday morning. We have a topic and a few points we're going to cover over 3-5 weeks, maybe more, maybe less. I'm talking about your organizations message. Why are you here? What are your core values? And not a...
  • 20/20 Vision

    Posted 27 February 2014

    When you're in a support role at a church or ministry or really anywhere for that matter, remember this, it's not your vision that matters. When you serve under someone else, it is their church, their ministry, their business, therefore, God has given them the vision for that place. Best...
  • Fascination with the little things

    Posted 25 February 2014

    If you've ever read Steve Jobs book (by Walter Isaacson), you know the story of Steve as a child wondering why his father took such great consideration in choosing the nails they would use to build a fence. Young Steve, at first, didn't see the importance since afterall, no on...
  • Clean and Friendly

    Posted 21 February 2014

    One of my favorite people to study is Walt Disney. He was a great example of doing things with excellence. One of his philosophy's is really quite simple yet overlooked by businesses and I can only predict that some churches (probably not yours) miss this too: "...keep the place as...
  • Idea to Execution

    Posted 19 February 2014

    Lately I've been working my way through the book E-Myth Revisited. So far this book is crazy good! Below is an excerpt from the introduction of said book. This book, then, is about producing results-not simply "how to do it." Because both of us know that books like that don't...
  • Be Great!

    Posted 08 February 2014

    Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) says the following, "Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline." How true this statement is. When it comes to your personal life, marriage, finances, kids, ministry, business or any number of other things,...
  • Inspiration is random. Creativity is premeditated.

    Posted 30 January 2014

    What a great line and how true it is. For a long time I thought creative people were just hit with waves of creativity. But Elizabeth Gilbert explains here how untrue that is. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a book a few years back called Eat. Pray. Love. I've never read the...
  • Better before bigger

    Posted 29 January 2014

    It's no secret that I love Chick-fil-A. If you didn't already know that, I LOVE CHICK-FIL-A. So much so, we wrote a song about it (see below). Anyhow, Andy Stanley was telling the story of how Truett Cathy (founder of CFA) got mad in a meeting with his executives. He...
  • Train your people well

    Posted 28 January 2014

    This is pretty simple and probably something you've heard before, so I'll keep it short. What are your expectations? Have you communicated those expectations to your staff and volunteers? Are you continually communicating your expectations? Do you regularly follow up to see if your expectations are met? There is almost...
  • Kick your own butt

    Posted 26 January 2014

    Lately, I've been reading Mark Cuban's book, Winning at the Sport of Business. Great book! One thing I loved that he talked about in this book is that we have to kick our own butts! We have to take the initiative to make things happen. We have to put ourselves out...
  • One percent

    Posted 24 January 2014

    If you're anything like me, when it's time to change, you want to change it all at once. If you are wanting more people at your church, you may think, let's double the attendance next week. Or it's time to lose weight, so I'll drop 40 lbs in a week....
  • Ask God for help

    Posted 24 January 2014

    Working in the church world the statement, "Ask God for help," seems like a no-brainer. But let's be honest, we're all real people. We think we can conquer the world. That our ideas are the best ideas. It can be easy to over-look this simple principle.  We have the creator...
  • Steal it & run.

    Posted 21 January 2014

    “God gave you eyes, pladgerize!” A great quote by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX. This is so true. Being creative can seem to be an ambiguous thing. I used to think that creativity was something that rolled through and hit people in waves. You didn’t see...
  • The Greats

    Posted 21 January 2014

    "The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great because they paint a lot." - Ben Haggerty   What a great quote! You may be more familiar with Ben Haggerty as Macklemore. As in the guy that sings, rather, raps Thrift Shop & Can't Hold...
  • The Driver

    Posted 21 January 2014

    The message is the driver here at The Creative Sheep. It hasn't always been that way. We've been there thinking to ourselves, "This is cool idea." The problem for us was that cool ideas in and of themselves don't pack much of a punch. Cool ideas are great and all,...
  • What do we want them to feel?

    Posted 20 January 2014

    It's a question Apple asks before they start designing anything. What emotion do they want people to feel when using their product? Love? Connection? Joy? Nostalgia? Stress? Anger?  This is a great starting point for any creative endeavor. It may seem overwhelming to find where to start on a big...
  • Everything Speaks.

    Posted 21 December 2013

    (From the book - Be our Guest: Perfecting the art of customer service)   In Disney-speak, your setting is wherever your customers meet you.Whether that is a retail store or a hospital or a Website or even a telephonecall center, the setting that customers experience plays a critical role in...

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