You see them everywhere - big buildings, beautiful rooms with custom designed audio and video systems, welcoming lobbies, well-planned parking lots… But churches like this might just be in the minority. Every Sunday morning, millions of people are gathering in school gyms, multi-purpose rooms, movie theaters, community centers, and many other places that - except for a few hours a week - aren’t churches.
No matter who you are, you’ve probably dealt with this one thing: worry. “Where am I gonna go to school? Will I keep my friends after high school? What is God’s plan for my life?” On the one hand, this is completely natural. We worry because we care. We care about what’s gonna happen in life and the type of people we’ll become.
We just wrapped up our annual Thrive Unleashed student conference! It was a crazy couple of days with 2600 middle school and high school students, and something that Thrive School students from every Major play a huge role in. I asked first and second year Thrive School students what their favorite memory from the conference was - here are their answers!
In America today, Christians are presented with a choice. It is a choice that God himself poses to each of us, that we must individually answer, and to which a response is demanded. However, it’s not between Red or Blue, Republican or Democrat, Life or Choice, War or Peace. Let me set the stage with some of Paul’s advice to Timothy.
I first learned the significance of margin in an engineering class my final semester of college. The professor was lecturing about stress and applied loads and stuff. Blah, blah. Then, he abruptly stopped talking and turned towards the class.
I'll jump right into this. I'm a drummer, but this goes for every instrument - singers, including your voice. There's one surefire way to make sure you hold yourself back as a musician.
If you want to play better, you practice your instrument. If your band needs help, you can schedule an extra rehearsal. If the stage is a mess, we have resources to help you get organized. The way to improve most aspects of your service is pretty straightforward. But even after the band is tight, stage is prepped, and mix is dialed, how do you know that you’ve picked the right songs, and that they’ll accomplish what you’re setting out to do?
I get asked all the time about how I’ve configured Ableton Live, the audio software we use both at Bayside Church and on the road with Lincoln Brewster, to play tracks and run MIDI control. In fact, we’ve used it in even more ways than that - including console control with SMPTE and video playback.
Recently, my wife and I moved from our hometown in Orange County to Sacramento. We packed a truck with everything out of our small apartment and drove north toward our first house. When we walked into the new place, the possibilities seemed endless. The couch could go anywhere! What should we hang on the walls? Do we keep shoes on the left or the right of the front door?