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Clark Featured in New York Times


Over the last couple of years Clark has expanded its strategic services to take what we’ve learned from churches across the country and apply that wealth of knowledge in the context of each unique church we’ve had the privilege with which to work.

Most recently, we’ve been helping churches navigate the challenge of making their spaces more purposeful than just Sunday services. We are working with many clients who are embracing the vision of design and building facilities that primarily meet the needs of the community followed by Sunday services.

Today, the New York Times published an article featuring Clark and one of its confounders (Houston Clark), the work Clark is doing, and the many churches around the country who are finding success in becoming missional with their buildings.

Read the full article here.

Houston will also be speaking specifically about this topic at the 2013 XPastors conference. Details Here.

Is Your Church Connected? Building Online Community That Counts – Part 1

Ours is a highly connected generation. If the people checking their smart phones on every curb, elevator and dinner table don’t subtly underline that fact, the latest social networking numbers will.

This past August, Facebook will top 1 billion—yes “B” as in billion—active users. 1 Translation? This means almost 15% of our planet has taken up online residence in Zuckerberg country. Continue reading →

Creative Collective Launches New Site

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The Creative Collective launched a new website recently. It’s crisp and clean, with a redefined focus on publishing the best resources for creative leaders.
For 2012 looks to be an exciting year for the collective with new titles already announced and an iPad app in the works.





Sunday| Magazine


Creating something amazing is hard. Creating something amazing every week is nearly impossible. Sometimes church workers find themselves stuck. They sit down to plan the service. They type “Sunday”. Then they sit there with the text indicator blinking at them – taunting them. “What are you going to do?”

Let me introduce you to Sunday| magazine. Sunday| is a free online magazine about the creative process of Sunday mornings.

There are plenty of great tutorial and technology magazines out there. But very few teach you the philosophy behind the tutorials and tech.

I (and my friends at Clark) have seen a growing copy-paste mentality in our churches. Church creatives see something that works in another church and they apply it without tailoring it to their community. Consequently that leads to ineffective creativity. The Message we have is far too important to be satisfied with distracting and ineffective creative endeavors.

Although it’s a bit ambitious for a single magazine to change that phenomena, I  hope it’ll be a step in the right direction.

So in each article I’m getting a group of church leaders together to talk about great creativity. We’ll be talking about the whole Sunday morning package and how each part works together to create an atmosphere – an atmosphere where people can experience the living God.

Internet Censorship and the Church

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Today, as you browse the internet, you may see a handful of websites shut down or install new pop-up banners in protest of something called SOPA.

SOPA, some of you may recall from 9th grade language class, is Spanish for soup. But as you might guess, the internet is up in arms about something more than a bowl of Tortilla Soup. SOPA, in this case, stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill also goes by it’s more official name from the House of Representatives, H.R. 3261.

While many of us may skip over legislation in the news, since it rarely has a direct connection to our lives, this piece could be unintentionally damaging to the way churches conduct their ministries. As a result, while Clark doesn’t officially support or oppose legislation, we are strongly suggesting you familiarize yourself with this bill. [Click here for a link to H.R. 3261].

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O, Pioneers


I wrote an article on pioneering culture over at the ECHO Hub. Go check it out!
Be sure to support the site too by visiting the store section. The Echo guys are doings some great things for the media world in the church.

Where Will the Home Videos Go?


This past Christmas, all snuggled up in a cabin, my family gathered around the tube (the original one, not the Youtube) to watch home videos.

We sat talking through all of our family experiences. We relived birthdays, tantrums, and missed the relatives that were once with us. It was a joyful moment.

So what happens when the family video camera is no more, when every member of the family can shoot HD video with their phone?

I’m fearful the family experience will disappear.

Today we are more connected than ever. We have the ability to shoot video and share with the world via Facebook, Youtube or Vimeo. Videos become lost in the sea of household pets behaving badly or fan-made movie trailers. These videos become passing moments as we scroll through the timelines, walls, and channels of our loved ones.

The internet has commoditized nearly everything. What used to only be my parents, siblings, grandparents, children, the closest family members now include aunts and uncles, cousins, second cousins, great aunts and uncles. On top of my closest family extending, my attention has become divided by all my friends and their families, my co-workers and their families, social network celebrities, and people I randomly meet.

In this hyper-connected world, do not lose sight of what those home videos can actually do: bring your family together. And who knows? Maybe more memories will be made out of the revisiting of old ones.