This past Christmas Eve, in search of the perfect visuals for a giant 18’x32′ projection screen we brought in, I subscribed to the Church Motion Graphics Monthly Mega Pack. We ended up using the content for nearly every song in the service and couldn’t have been happier!
The man behind Church Motion Graphics (CMG) is Jeff McIntosh. @jrsmcintosh and I met on twitter and we’ve crossed paths at a conference or two. I love Jeff’s passion and his focus and I think he’s one of the best designers in the business. I also love that his company was birthed out of a passion for the church, and he still serves at C4 Church in Durham, Ontario — just on the other side of Toronto from our Production site.
I recently read Jeff’s new resource, The Worship Media Handbook. If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to production in church services (if you’re not sure what I mean — read this post). If you’ve been to a Meeting House Sunday service, you probably sang along prompted by our signature white lyrics on a black background. So you might wonder what in the world I would get out of a book about Worship Media!
I’m pleased to report that Jeff has done a fantastic job of laying out (pun!) the role of graphics in a church service from the foundation up. Whether you use all motion backgrounds or no backgrounds, whether you run ProPresenter or PowerPoint software, The Worship Media Handbook has you covered.
The book emphasizes preparation, attention to detail and solid design principles. In fact, there are significantly more pages dedicated to font choice than there are for motions and stills. It covers essential building-block topics like colour theory, word shape and white space. I especiallly loved the two pages dedicated to perfectly tweaking drop shadows. Jeff gives an expert overview of dicey, church-specific topics like punctuation in song lyrics, copyright requirements and how to work around visual obstructions in your facility. And — because you should expect nothing less from a professional designer — the ebook itself is beautifully laid out.
I would highly recommend The Worship Media Handbook as a training resource for new volunteers, old volunteers and staff. And, since one purchased copy of the handbook can “be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means” within your one church location, you can even use it as a tool to get conversations going with Pastors and musicians (maybe not drummers – it will depend on the individual).