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My Desk

A large portion of my time is still taken up designing. It’s a love/hate relationship. I love designing, love great design, love creating something from nothing. It is tough trying to lead multiple teams, push initiatives through, attend meetings, and stay on top of things while trying to meet deadlines. All that said, here’s a look at a week’s worth of designs from my desk:

Above: This is a 24″ x 36″ Poster for Auction ticket sales. Interesting bit of trivia: this was designed and redesigned a few times as the name of the auction changed and the car changed from a corolla, to a scion, back to a mystery car, and back to a corolla.

Above: This is the front and back cover of the Corporate Sponsor piece for the Auction.

Above: This is the inside of the Corporate Sponsor piece for the Auction – looks much cooler than the outside. More trivia – I use this photo of our church, taken by the infamous Kenny Grill for almost every print piece I produce.

Above: This is a 3′ x 8′ Banner promoting our Football Camp (there’s actually three of them, they’ll be out on Temecula Parkway). Yes, that’s Terrell Davis, and yes, he’s a coach @ranchochristian.

Above: This is a monster of a banner, 36′ x 8′ to promote our new athletic field – can’t wait to see this on up! Bigger IS better.

Above: This is a simple ticket sales promotion banner (3′ x 8′), two of them actually. This is what happens when you get an email on Thursday asking if we can have banners by Saturday.

Above: The screen graphic for announcements at our Murrieta Campus @ranchomurrieta. I think it might be the biggest church-screen in the valley.

Above: And the Temecula version, for none other than the Temecula Campus of Rancho Community Church. That’s right, every graphic must be replicated.

Above: This is a screen graphic for a school performance – not gonna lie, I borrowed the background, did this in about 10 minutes.

Above: And the cover for the school program + another 10 minutes.

Above: A redesign of our church cryroom sign. Men, come on now, stop going into the cryroom, you’re freaking the women out! We can’t say it much friendlier than this.

Above: A redesign of our Welcome Center sign. Hint: we don’t really have a Welcome Center, it’s just a table outside of (guess where), yup, the cryroom (which we do have). Also, this replaces a sign in Rancho Community Church that currently reads, “Welcome to Connecting Point”. I know, crazy.

Above: And last but not least, a kid’s concert flyer. Yes, I used the sent graphic, I just added the top and bottom. That’s what happens when you give me a pre-designed poster.

And just in case you’re wondering: yes, this is typical week…



They (whoever “they” are) say that it takes 30 days to build a habit. I tried to post a picture on my blog every day for 2011, that lasted 19 days, and I didn’t even post every day of that 19 day stretch. So, needless to say that project is dead.

I do have quite a bit on my mind this evening, so this will be old school, like I used to do, just straight up blogging, about whatever is going on in my life.

Tonight Jen has Maggie at a craft night. Miles and Macy are in bed. The house is quiet.

I can’t remember the last time the house was quiet…

It’s a good time to reflect.

Last week was the culmination of a ton of work. It was Rancho Christian School’s Vision 2011, where we celebrated the grand opening of our High School. For those who’ve been following me for a while, you know that one of the biggest projects I’ve been working on for the past couple years is helping the school re-brand itself. I feel like the school has finally begun living into the new brand, and the new brand is becoming iconic for the school. We had some signs installed on the buildings at the school and it felt almost like putting that last screw into the project that you’re building, standing back and being able to enjoy what you built – in this case what has been being built for 30 years.

Here’s a couple pictures of the campus.

All in all, I had a hand in the following projects for the school over the past few months:

  • New Academic Logo
  • New Sports Logo
  • Football Helmet design
  • Business card design & print
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Magazine Ads
  • Mailers
  • Campus signage
  • Print materials
  • Shirts
  • Hats
  • Decals
  • Ties (!?)
  • Banners
  • Website

And those are just the hard deliverables that we’ve been working on at the school, there’s so much in the way of training, leading, re-thinking, and moving forward – mainly led by my good friend Mike Johnson. There’s just A LOT going on at this school, and it’s all very exciting and a TON of work.

But, now that we’re past Vision 2011, I’m hoping things might be a little more normal. I’m not sure what that “normal” looks like – which brings up Maggie (who is that cute baby in the featured picture). Maggie has been pushing the limits of how much sleep one can live without. We’re in the process of trying to rule out allergies and other possible illnesses – maybe she just doesn’t like to sleep. Anyhow, that’s been pretty rough on the whole family. Last night she slept for 9 hours – tonight, we’ll see.

Looking Forward

I don’t see things slowing down much, just normalizing  a little. Less, last minute projects. Less dropping everything to tackle a huge project. I’m looking forward Maggie sleeping more. I’m looking forward to spending more time on the other side of my job – leading the Worship Arts teams at Rancho Community Church. I’m getting to know the team and the culture, and looking forward to moving things forward with a new campus (Murrieta).

I’m looking forward to Summer coming. Looking forward to Miles growing older and turning into a young boy – he’s not a little kid anymore. I’m looking forward to Macy entering Kindergarten – she’s going to LOVE it. I just got done giving Maggie a bath (was interrupted while writing). As I was looking at her, I got so excited that I get to watch her go through the same stages of life that Miles and Macy already have gone through; I’m looking forward to that. And I’m looking forward to a vacation with (just) my wife, sometime soon!

So I know this was kind of a random post. That’s what you get tonight.

All to Us at Rancho Community

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Today we introduced Chris Tomlin’s “All to Us”, and by “we” I mean Robert & the team. They did a great job.

Here’s the lyrics to this powerful song:

Precious cornerstone, sure foundation
You are faithful to the end
We are waiting, on You, Jesus
We believe You’re all to us

Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives
We believe You’re all to us

Only Son of God sent from Heaven
Hope and mercy at the cross
You are everything, You’re the Promise
Jesus, You are all to us

You’re all to us
You’re all to us
You’re all to us
Yes, You are

2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS computer generated image

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple years in my life and the life of my family. Over the past couple years we’ve:

  • Moved three times
  • Changed jobs
  • Changed churches
  • Become a “Party of 5”
  • Celebrated 10 years of marriage

This post is just an update on a couple things – I’ll try and keep it short.

  1. Closing – I did this a while back but never “officially” announced it. I’m giving “betterthanblank” a rest and transferred everything over to “alexmclean”. It’s still a work in progress, but I won’t be updating and my twitter account is now @alexmclean. If you were a subscriber over at, you can update by clicking here.
  2. New Job Title: “Pastor of Worship Arts & Communication”. Yes it’s a mouthful, but so was “Director of Admissions and Family Relations”. So long story short – this is the job I was originally hired to do at Rancho Community Church. I’ll be leading the music/tech/communications teams in order to help create weekend worship experiences (that encourage participation and glorify Christ). For those who’ve known me for a few years, it’s full circle. I am very excited and humbled to serve in this capacity. I’ll still be working with the school in the communications area which includes the look & feel (experience), and in the music/tech as we look to become more and more a church/school organization where we utilize our gifts to benefit both church and school.
  3. – this is a site that is currently in development. I am working on it with a good friend and mentor Don Hallworth. We’ve been talking about starting a church leadership blog for some time now and we’re just going to do it. So look for updates about that, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook – you know the drill. For my blogging friends, I’ll be contacting you to be guest writers very soon.

That’s all for now.


Last night in our Antioch class we talked about some of the more “official” leadership roles that are talked about in the New Testament Church. I, being more of a layman than a theologian, appreciated our conversation as we drilled down on what those roles were, what they did, and how they apply to our churches today. Here’s my take-away (in no particular order, that’s important).

  • Prophet > The Speaker
    Pros: speaks “supernaturally” the Word of God (that’d be biblical truth) into people’s lives to encourage and/or challenge people. Some might call this “forth-telling”
    Cons: speaks “supernaturally” – could be abused, especially by those who tend to “fore-tell” (predict pretty much anything).
  • Apostle > The Builder
    Pros: Church planter, messenger, ministry starter, idea generator
    Cons: Massive ADD, not necessarily a finisher, closely tied to Evangelist, needs a Pastor as a team-mate
  • Elder > The Spiritual Overseer
    Pros: Keeps others accountable, protectors of the church
    Cons: “With much power comes much responsibility” Could use position to rule rather than oversee
  • Deacon > The Servant
    Pros: Does a lot of the hands-on tasks of the church
    Cons: Easily over-used and/or unappreciated
  • Teacher > The Equipper
    Pros: Gives the church the tools they need to do the work of the Gospel
    Cons: Could compete with other leadership roles for position
  • Pastor > The Guidance Counselor
    Pros: Like a shepherd, he is caring, patient, understanding
    Cons: Like a shepherd, he is more interested in the flock than taking some ground or building something, needs an Apostle or Evangelist as a team-mate
  • Evangelist > The Gatherer
    Pros: Natural people-person, gathers people and is able to communicate (the Gospel) clearly and emotionally
    Cons: Narcissistic, can become toxic if he stays in one place too long, needs a Pastor as a team-mate, and/or Elder accountability

Could people have multiple leadership tendencies? I believe, Yes (Pastor/Teacher, Apostle/Evangelist, Pastor/Elder, etc.).

Is one leadership style more important? Yes/No. I believe each role has a vital purpose in the building & growing of the Church of Christ. At one point in time one leadership style may emerge as more prominent, for example: When planting a church, the Apostle or Evangelist leader will be the prominent role, however as the church is established, the Pastor/Teacher becomes more prominent.

PS – I’m still trying to figure out “Bishop”. I’m thinking maybe Denomination Leader, or church network pastor?