The Easter Stage: A Cross Pollination of Design Ideas

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The Easter Stage: A Cross Pollination of Design Ideas
There is nothing worse than spending countless hours planning, budgeting and designing a theme-centered masterpiece, only to have a well-meaning church member donate expensive banners, crosses, flowers, plants or other elements that truly conflict with a design.
The Easter Stage: A Cross Pollination of Design Ideas
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If you have been around church culture for a while, you may remember the infamous turn-of-the 21st century worship wars. This musical transition time pitted traditional hymn lovers against the new contemporary sounds of younger “worship artists.”

I always say, if weekly activities take a full week of preparation, then annual events should start planning a year before!

Well, regardless of your personal taste, the outcome of this family feud - while still debatable - stood as a resounding “tie,” wrapped in a shiny new Chris Tomlin package. Most churches have embraced the new, while duly paying homage to tradition.

And now dare I say, younger readers may even be asking, “Who is Chris Tomlin?”

In much the same way, are similar decor battles raging on your church stage? Do you decorate your stage? Or, intentionally design your stage?

The differences are not exactly subtle.

If you’re not careful, there could be casualties.

And on the third hand, there are those new statistics about how post-millennials are wanting and asking for more of the traditional.

What do we do with that? We’ll get back to that and more in just a minute ...

First, with Easter right around the corner on April 1, churches all over the country are scrambling to make final staging decisions.

There is nothing worse than spending countless hours planning, budgeting and designing a theme-centered masterpiece, only to have a well-meaning church member donate expensive banners, crosses, flowers or other elements that truly conflict with a design.

C’mon, we’ve all been on Pinterest and thought, “I like this one…and that one ... Oh, and this design is really cool…wait, what on earth is that!

[Insert hideous combination of light boxes, word art and potted plants]

Does this really happen? Yes.

And of course, we are called to love one another through it all. Is there a way, though, to have a cross-pollination of ideas?

Maybe.

If your church has a perfectly watered and cultivated stage design team, one that never experiences conflicts and has never ended up with well ... “interesting” mosaic motifs - you have my permission to get back to cutting Coroplast.

For the rest of us, these can be difficult moments to navigate, and the most helpful relational advice boils down to three things. 

1. Invite people in.

Sometimes you need to go against your instincts and purposefully invite those who have “interesting ideas” into your circle of planners and designers. Doing this will deepen relationships, while sometimes uncovering some hidden talents that you may have overlooked. Some of the best final designs can metamorphosize from some of the “worst” initial ideas.

If those people decline to be a part of your team - you have taken the higher ground.


More About Gregory Kayne
Gregory Kayne has more than 25 years of experience in communication, media production and worship leading. He is a ministry development coach, author​ and conference speaker. Contact him directly at www.gregorykayne.com.
Get in Touch: gskolaski@bethelroc.com    More by Gregory Kayne

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