Apr 172015 0 Responses

Storyline Elixir

Open door. Get in line. Order coffee. Find a dark, quiet corner to work in. Make no eye contact with anyone. Stay completely unsociable.

Work. Read. Work. Contemplate. Think. Leave.

Typically, this is my schedule when I enter a coffee shop.

However, three weeks ago while wrapping up the “leave” section of my coffee shop agenda, I did something completely irrational. Something so over-the-top, unthinkable, and highly unattainable for someone of my introverted status.

I started a conversation with a complete stranger.

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Mar 292015 0 Responses

Routine vs. Rituals

I’m a creative. And we either hate or love how we work.

It’s one of the things that the creative types tend to hate. We all have that specific time of day when the individual genius of who were are starts to pour out of our heads and onto our tools of trade. We get into a series of daily space where we know exactly what works for us, what time of day works best, and what things makes us produce art of better quality.

The only bummer is that we stay in that place for too long. And the risk that makes art great becomes completely oblivious to the artist.

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Mar 242015 3 Responses

Eight Months

It’s funny how eight months flies by so fast.

That’s how long it’s been. Eight months. Eight mind clearing, thought inducing, creative testing months.

I’ve met some new people. Had some new ideas. Wrote some new things. Took trips, drank coffee, and knitted hearts with people I love.

It’s also funny how eight months can seem like forever.

As most of you know, I took a little break from writing a few months back. And it helped me more than I could possible imagine. In a few ways, I pretty much just fell off the face of the earth. Make Something blew up way faster and bigger than I had imagined. And too be honest, I was a little overwhelmed by it all. I knew I wouldn’t be able to give you guys my best under that pressure, so I decided to hide away while I wrote, instead of doing it on a platform.

But it’s time to get back to it.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. You guys want an update, and I’ve got two big ones for you. Let’s get to it.

First off: It still blows my mind that so many copies of Make Something have been purchased. The biggest complaint that I have received from the book is that you wanted more. So with that, Make Something is coming back for it’s second edition. New artwork, new content, some edited, some improved, and new resources. Also, there will be an online companion workbook with the second edition where you can view all the resources online, as well as a 30 day devotion that you’ll be able to find on YouVersion. Make Something 2.0 is heading you way May 1st. Be on the lookout.

Secondly, a new book is hitting Amazon, iBooks, and various bookstores this fall. I’m super excited about this one – and trust me when I say, I’m pushing your creative mind farther than I ever have before. In the next few days, I’ll be able to tell you all about it. And I seriously can’t wait.

Last, but very much not least, is the blog. Over the last few months, I’ve been gathering content, storyboarding, and writing new material for JoshWhite.org, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Over the next few days, you’ll see some brand new content hitting the blog, and new content will be added every single week.

Again, I can’t possibly thank you guys enough for how much you have invested into JoshWhite.org. I still wake up every morning in an awe of excitement for what’s down the road, what’s behind us, and the moment we are living in together.

Thanks for sticking around. I’ll make worth your while.

– josh

Aug 252014 0 Responses

A Quick Update After Yesterday’s Update

This post is a follow-up from yesterday’s post,“A Quick Update.”

Let me be the first to say that I am so motivated by those of you who sent in emails, messages, and support yesterday.

There were a lot. And I haven’t even read all of them.

But the ones I have read almost had me in tears.

Yesterday when I told you all that I was taking a little break from writing, I started receiving emails from many of you asking questions, wondering what was going on… but most importantly, you all were letting me know that you were praying for me, supported my decision, and let me know how this blog has helped you. Knowing that I serve on a platform where people love each other back is something I will always be grateful of.

This blog has always been a place to be transparent.  And with that said, I’m going to be very, very transparent.

– I have not fallen into some sin that would hinder me from continuing writing.

– I have not left the local church, their leaders, or my local church where I lead worship.

– I’m not dealing with depression, conflict, or oppression from anyone or anything.

– What I am dealing with is a lot of pressure. Since writing Make Something, I’ve been thrown into a world of constant interviews, questions, reviews, and guest blog/speaking engagements. Don’t get me wrong: I wish I could do all of them. But my God, family, and local church ministry comes before any of these things.

I don’t want to get to a place where my personal platform becomes a bigger priority than the things I just mentioned. As of right now, I’m currently holding off any of my “next big things.” Only because I’m ready to take a little vacation and simply lead worship, work with people I love, and live life to it’s fullest.

Listen guys, life happens. We all know that. And I’m hoping that this little break will help me bring you some great content in the future. Again, I’m not saying goodbye, and don’t plan to for a long time. All I’m saying is – let me take a breather. Because when I come back, it’s gonna be for all the gold.

I love you all more than you know. I’ll see you guys when I see you guys. Peace!

– Josh

Aug 252014 2 Responses

A Quick Update

In October of 2012, JoshWhite.org was launched as a way to help resource and encourage leaders in the local church. What has happened in the last few years have been nothing short of amazing. I don’t want to name numbers, but it has been mind blowing to think so many of you would consider this a place to find wisdom, creativity, and thought-provoking discussions to lead you in your life.

And I love you all for giving me the opportunity to do just that. Lead you as you lead others. And you guys even let me write a book about it.

Let me talk about that for a quick minute. I remember the first time a published book idea was brought to me. The overwhelming response from my publishers was the fact that you guys kept on coming back for more. They saw how you were growing. And they wanted to be a part of that growth process.

All I’m really trying to say is… you guys rock.

I want to be as transparent as I possibly can without getting into details that don’t really matter. You guys at least deserve that for sticking around. There comes a time in every persons life where they need to sit back and take a breather. For the last few months, God has been teaching and using me in ways I simply didn’t know was possible. He is showing me roads to take, bridges to build, and mountains to move. He has given me wisdom to learn, beautiful people to love, and valleys to conquer.

And right now in life, I have to take a breather, and soak it all in.

Don’t worry – this isn’t a goodbye. I’m just saying I’m going to take a break from writing for a season. Sometimes, we need to sit back and watch our lives instead of always living it.

See you guys soon. Love you all.

– josh

Jul 272014 0 Responses

The Day I Completely Blew It

Worship is not a place for emotional messes.

This has been what seems like a moral code for me for many years. And for those same number of years, I’ve dedicated my life – literally, all that I am – to see people being raised to live the life Jesus called them to be.

Not helping myself.

But helping other people.

Then, comes a season of life when God decides He’s going to take care of you for you. He takes everything you are, and completely strips it away. He exposes you to the most innate places of your soul. The places where your biggest worries and fears have crept in and maintained “status quo” for years.

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Jul 022014 1 Response

Turn It Into Gold

We’ve all heard the old phrase “Everything you touch turns to gold,” right?

Well, not actually gold… but something even more profitable.

In the world of the local church, most pastors or ministry leaders have to wear different hats. In my personal case, I oversee multiple ministries in our church, such as the worship, production, and media ministries. Because we all wear so many hats, it’s sometimes hard for us to become excellent at all of them. Here is a 4-step procedure that you can take to make something extremely valuable while wearing other ministry hats.

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May 292014 2 Responses

“Make Something” NOW Available for Pre-Order!

Hardback-BookI’m so excited to share with you all my new book “Make Something: A Handbook for Worship Leaders, Creative Thinkers, And People Trying to Make a Difference.” 

If we were honest, all we ever do is copy one another: worship songs get re-done by thousands of worship leaders. Lighting, mini-movies, sermon series….they are all replicated ideas from one place to another.

Unfortunately, we keep on borrowing ideas form other church cultures because we like them, when in all reality, those things mean absolutely nothing to your church.

Understanding your church, the music, the mission, and the belief system is everything. That’s why we have to do everything possible to make our local church ministry the best it can be.

In the book Make Something, I’m going to take you on a step-by-step process in finding the right things that speak to your church culture: finding the right story, the right moments, and the right experience. If anything, I hope this can be a blessing to your ministry and will help you advance further for the Kingdom of Christ.

Make Something is now available for pre-order here.

May 142014 0 Responses

Consistency Matters

Todays guest post is from Jeff McIntosh, owner and designer at ChurchMotionGraphics.com.

There is a lot of beautiful design that we interact with every day that goes unnoticed in a good way. These include city signs, user interfaces, architecture and living spaces. Their design goes unnoticed because they function and communicate as expected.

When a design is inconsistent it is noticed in an undesirable way. This could be the wrong tile color in a bathroom, a confusing subway map, mismatched socks or a rough surface on an object that is suppose to be smooth.

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May 012014 0 Responses

The Paralyzation of Ideas

Last week, my friend Jonathan Malm  wrote a great blog post about how easy it is to come up with ideas. As a creative, it is easy to come up with ideas; but honestly, it can be a blessing a curse.

There’s two different types of creatives: the producers and the inventors. The producers are people who are constantly coming up with ideas, and figuring out a way to make all of them come to life. The inventors are people who have a strike of genius and spend quite a bit of time on one project, and eventually release something absolutely mind-blowing.

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