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Marcia McFee

Roles of the Design Team

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)
This is an excerpt from Dr. Marcia McFee’s new book [Think Like a Filmmaker © Marcia McFee, 2016]. Find out more HERE.



Films require a vast number of people in multiple departments to pull off the artistic vision and the details related to the vision. Let’s take a look at some of these roles (Nel Paul et al., The Film Director’s Team) and how they might inform our own attention to the kinds of team members we need for sensory-rich worship design.

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Female

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

On June 19, 2016 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from the book of Galatians:

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June 06, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ahab, Naboth, and Jezebel

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 12, 2016, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
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June 03, 2016

Life is With

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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June 02, 2016

"From Story-Tellers to Story-Dwellers"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re digging into how filmmakers see the power of story in bringing people together by offering an unforgettable experience—in much the same way as worship! You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how we love to tell the Story—and why story is such an important tool for navigating the course of our everyday lives.
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June 01, 2016

Warning: being nice in ministry can be a problem

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Are you too nice? Being nice won't take you through a whole career in ministry, and it won't help you help your church reach its potential.
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May 30, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: You Do Not Need to Understand Healing to be Healed

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 5, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week'
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May 27, 2016

This Way

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.
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May 27, 2016

You Are a Ritual Artist!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re unpacking the idea of what it means to be a ritual artist. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end of this post to guide your own exploration of your identity as a ritual artist.
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May 26, 2016

What's a Pastor For?

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Is the pastor a "holy hired-hand," an employee of the congregation selected as a surrogate to carry the weight of the work of ministry? Is the pastor's job description a list of bullet points with quantifiable results? Or is there something more to it, something more mystical or down-to-earth?