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social-media

Part of what I do for Rancho Community Church is run our social media accounts. I’m a big fan of using social media as a tool to keep conversations going or spur them on. It allows people opportunities to share thoughts and comments that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do in person. It really is another community, just like the many communities that make up the church – it’s just online.

Anyway, I’m always interested in how other churches utilize social media. What services they are using – and how they are using them. I’ve been a big fan of Saddleback, Crosspoint and others and kind of watch them for trends. At Rancho, we almost exclusively use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And we have accounts for both campuses (and our School):

Rancho Community Church (Temecula Campus / Main Organization)

Rancho Community Church (Murrieta Campus)

Rancho Christian Schools

So how do we logistically run all these (and more) accounts? For the most part I personally manage all the accounts… probably not the most efficient practice, but we don’t have many other options right now. I’ve given a couple other trusted team members access to our Facebook Pages and we have a couple volunteers that help with our Twitter accounts. I’ve created a couple graphics that show some of the flow (specifically with photos) of our social media sharing…

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As you can see this is 100% mobile driven – that’s mainly for sharing photos. I’ve asked our staff and key volunteers to share photos each weekend and at any events that they are running. Any good shots are shared (with photo credit) starting with Instagram which starts a chain reaction to Facebook (page) and then to Twitter. If I have a bunch of photos that aren’t real specific, I’ll just share them on our Facebook page. Whenever we share photos online we use the tag, #ranchopix and try to encourage our followers to do the same. I’ll tag our photos with things like #worship #church #temecula #murrieta, etc. as well.

That’s just a quick overview of what we’re doing. We’re slowly building followers and communities online and as we engage more, the community grows larger. It’s an exciting and fun ministry to be a part of and I can’t wait to see how it grows even more.

If you need help connecting your Instagram to your Facebook Page – there’s a good tutorial here. Unfortunately you have to log in and out of Instagram to manage multiple accounts… however the good news is that Instagram remembers what each account is connected to, which makes it a bit easier to share across platforms – I only share to Facebook from Instagram.

There’s tons of tutorials on connecting your Facebook Page to your Twitter Account – here’s a pretty simple tutorial.

I’d like to think we’re on the front lines of this, especially for a church, however I know there’s always something new or a better way to do things. Please let me know what you’re doing to engage in these communities and what tools you are using. And if you need a hand with this stuff just reach out – I’d love to help in any way I can.

A lot goes on behind the scenes when we launch a teaching series at Rancho Community – It never really starts the same way however. This particular series started with a trifecta of:

  1. A conversation with our lead pastor about a “foundational” teaching series for fall
  2. The song “Cornerstone“, which I actually heard for the first time by our Murrieta Campus worship team
  3. Coldplay’s Live 2012 album & concert art

From that point on I had a pretty good idea what this should look and feel like… just didn’t know exactly how.

The concept would be build around the stage backdrop design – that’s where everything would kind of spring from. I wanted to create a kind of back alley, block wall kind of feel – real strong and bold. So I started with something like this:

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Then I added grunge and some elements to the wall – and added the text.

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Then I added some fluorescent light bulbs…

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After that came the real fun – the hand-drawn art. For that, I just used a pencil first and then a sharpie…

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After the hand drawing it was time to get the images into Photoshop. I used my iPhone 4s to shoot the drawings and bring them into Photoshop.
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After some work with masking and coloring we ended up with this:

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No light bulbs on this version because this is the stage backdrop – 16′ x 32′ for our Temecula Campus. In order to do that we printed 16) 4′ x 8′ pieces and then our Tech team put it all together. Preparing the file for this almost killed my 2009 MBP…

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Here’s a pic of one of the 4×8’s right off the press…

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After the pieces were delivered, it was time for construction by our tech team…

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While our Temecula Campus got the real thing, our Murrieta Campus got the digital version…

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And last but not least, the bulletin…

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I’m hoping to get some better pics of the stage from both campuses – it’s awesome how the lighting really changes the look of this graphic.

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Here’s the graphic and stage package for the latest teaching series at Rancho Community Church.

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We didn’t get much on direction for this series – it wasn’t completely formulated until the day it started so we had to create a graphic that was more generic. The graphics actually were born from a conversation of stage design planning. We designed it all in Photoshop (to scale) and then turned it over to our Tech Team.

Stage-Lights

The stage design consists of three black chalk walls, all hand colored. The AWAKE title is cut out of plywood and mounted off the chalk wall, backlit with light bulbs. It really comes to life when it’s lit up with our LED Pars.

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Here’s a panorama of the Worship Center and stage.

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Big kudos to the Rancho Community Tech Team for taking a conversation and turning it into a reality. Below are some photos take by Bryan Lanning.

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Mother’s Day weekend @ranchocommunity & @ranchomurrieta was great. I was able to be in Temecula on Saturday night and then in Murrieta on Sunday morning, for Welcome/Updates. I got a video from @worshiphouse for us this weekend & although it didn’t fire on Saturday night, it did the rest of the weekend. Here it is for those who missed it on Saturday:

In Temecula we got to introduce Tim Manigault as one of our new worship leaders. I’ve built a relationship with Tim over the past few months and am very excited about bringing him and his family onto the @ranchoworship team. Tim did an amazing job leading “Give me Faith“, which is quickly becoming a favorite at the Temecula Campus:

Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life

Another favorite song from this weekend was Julianna Morlet leading “You are for Me” – some more powerful truths:

I know that You are for me, I know that You are for me
I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness
And I know that You have come now even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who You are

In Murrieta a couple stand out songs were “The One Who Saves” (which is such a great song), and “Stronger“. In fact Stronger really struck a chord in me this weekend:

There is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

As we were singing this song, I was just reflecting on how all weekend long we were singing of what God has done, or is doing and how we respond to what He does.

He gives us faith, we give Him our lives.

He is for us, we rest in that.

He has saved us, we now live for Him.

And the thought that I tried to communicate as I welcomed people to our Murrieta Campus is the power of the living Christ and our hope in Him. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17:

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

But He DID rise from the dead. He DID defeat death and sin. He IS stronger. Sin IS broken and we ARE saved. This is our hope and faith. And this is how and why we worship, by declaring these truths together.

Great weekend @ranchocommunity & @ranchomurrieta. I was in Murrieta this weekend and did the welcome/updates. We introduced a new song, “The One Who Saves“, followed by “Forever Reign” – as we were singing I was thinking of how these lyrics:

we have found our hope
we have found our peace
we have found our rest
in the One who Loves
He will light the way
He will lead us home
as we offer all
to the One who saves us

Along with these lyrics:

I’m running to your arms
I’m running to your arms
the riches of your love
will always be enough

Those songs speak so well of the truths we are trying to convey each weekend:

  1. That it is God that does the work of saving and of (here comes a big word) sanctification.
  2. That we “run into His arms” as he is our Heavenly Father and his Holy Spirit empowers us to live out the gospel.
I shared from Matthew 10 as a follow up encouragement to our time of singing together:
But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
The encouragement for our church was that we tend to work towards pleasing God, trying to be good parents, spouses, employees, etc. most times out of our own energy, and many times we fail. God is reminding us that he knows us intimately, and wants us to trust him, with our every day lives – to run into his arms and let him be enough. To really live out of the overflow of God’s love and grace in our lives.

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