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You should never try to be better than someone else. Always learn from others and never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s under your control. If you get too engrossed and involved in things of which you have no control it will adversely effect things of which you do have control.

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.


I’ve written about churches and businesses who don’t want anything to do with social media either because of fear or don’t’ see the need.

There is another group out there and those are the ones that have incorporated some social media but it’s not working the way they thought it would. [read]

Even churches that pay attention to the interior of their building do not share that same care for the exterior.

As some of you know, I spend a lot of time talking about ‘curb appeal’. It’s more important than most churches realize.

If you have ever purchased or sold a home, you know how important curb appeal is.  Driving up to a house that doesn’t have any visual appeal will taint your opinion even prior to walking inside, if you ever choose to go inside.  I remember my wife and I buying our first home, we rejected so many homes based on their curb appeal, never stepping inside to see if it was just a diamond in the rough. [read 3 Penguins Design]

Many musicians with electric instruments often play too loud for the small churches they’re in, resulting in a mix that drives the congregation out of the sanctuary, and possibly to another, quieter church. (We know; we’ve been there, done that, both as musicians and sound mixers.)

That being said, let me assure you that I feel your pain. Most small churches have acoustics designed in the early days of pipe organ and choir. Unfortunately, that sort of thing just doesn’t work well for modern Christian music, with the end result being unhappy musicians as well as an angry congregation. You’re stuck in the middle trying to please everyone, including the preacher. [read]


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There are two primary factors with respect to the bulk of the church sound market – cost and complexity,” La Torre explains.

“Digital consoles have largely been out of the price range of all but the largest churches, and while digital mixers are not necessarily more complicated to operate, keep in mind that about 95 percent of church sound system operators are volunteers who have limited experience, and that’s who is being asked to take on a new learning curve.

“Although most churches and volunteers who take on digital consoles find that they become more efficient and proficient at their job, some still hesitate because of the initial learning curve and overall lack of knowledge of the technology. [read ProSound Web]

What in the world am I talking about here?  MOST churches today have moved past the cassette stage of delivering their Sunday sermons and embraced CDs.  Some are even going that extra step and video taping their Sunday services and selling DVDs.  So, here’s my question –

What does your DVDs say about your church?

Does it say; we value you, we value what we do, we value this ministry or does it say; here ya go, hope you enjoy it, what do you want you only paid $5 for it, don’t give it away to anyone you want to invite to church ‘cuz they wouldn’t want to come any way. ?????

I used the term “Curb Appeal” in the title because that is something that most of us understand.  If you are going to sell your house or attract customers to your business you HAVE to have something that draws people in.  You may think that a DVD has very little ‘curb appeal’ but it does.

In this day and age, with people used to a certain quality, the DVD can be a huge influence on:

  1. Whether or not your church members keep purchasing the DVD’s – hich the end result is educating, encouraging and disciplining.
  2. Whether or not your church members give away that DVD to a friend, co-worker, neighbor, etc. – which the end result is evangelizing, ‘fishing’ and leading people to Christ.

Obviously, if the message and the filming are bad, it’s all over any way.  But, if they are not AND you edit the top and bottom of the message AND you place a nice intro to the message along with your contact information – it will go along way to increasing your curb appeal.

If you have any questions and/or would like use to help you in this matter, please contact us at 3 Penguins Design.


Joe Randeen is the owner of 3 Penguins Design, a full-service multi-media company.

Q: After we EQ our PA we notice there is always a low rumble coming through the system.

We can bring down the level of the vocal microphones and most of it goes away, or we can lower the low frequencies on our graphic, but then the PA sounds thin and wimpy.

What is causing this rumble and what can we do about it?” [read]