FX Checklist

FX Checklist

July – Now is the summer of our discontent.  Vacations, work trips, parties, camps… It’s tough to get anything consistent at church during the summer.  FX is no exception.  In fact, FX is probably the toughest place to coordinate leaders, presenters, families, tech teams …There are a lot of moving parts to try to mesh on a great day, but when you add in summer it gets nearly impossible. That’s why a lot of people decide to heavily modify their FX or even take some down time during the summer. ... Read More
Three Questions You Should Ask about FX Costumes

Three Questions You Should Ask about FX Costumes

“Let’s see, what should I wear today?” How many of us had a moment at the beginning of our day when that thought crossed our mind? What we wear can make a difference in what activities we pursue, how we are perceived, and how you feel. I have two daughters that spend lots of time thinking about that question. Lots. I’ve never been very good at that question (either answering it or asking it at appropriate times), but I’d like to ask it in a way that will help anyone producing a Family... Read More
It’s Not a Show

It’s Not a Show

I just returned from the Orange Conference 2016 where I was fortunate enough to have dinner with some FX leaders. One man in particular stands out for me. We were having a quick dinner together (quick because we were on a conference schedule), and he told me that his entire view of FX changed at Orange conference four years ago. I stopped eating and leaned in, wondering what he would say next. Did he realize FX was a great outreach tool for families in his community?   Did he understand that... Read More
20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary

FX began in 1996. I remember that year easily because it was also the year my first child was born. After 20 years I’m often surprised at how God has used this simple idea to change lives all over the world. 20 years has gone by fast, and a lot has changed. My daughter is grown. FX has taken many different forms. But the idea of creating an environment for families to better understand who God is, what Jesus did, and how we can live our lives – well, that will never change.   FX is a... Read More
FX Who?

FX Who?

Directing an FX for 7 years allowed me to witness people coming into the room, and leaving the room each week. The room changed from week to week. The sounds, the colors, the ideas, the words all changed, but the thing that always determined how the room felt that day was the answer to a simple question. “Who is here?” Each week I heard that question asked by volunteers, by kids, by parents, and by staff members. They all wanted to know who they were going to sit beside, talk to, serve, dance... Read More
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