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Joshua Blankenship is a designer who serves as the Design Director at NewSpring Church in South Carolina.
Echo Conference | Session 3 | Joshua Blankenship
Why do we do what we do?
Mission is a mindset
“Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Euripedes
KNOW THEN ADORN, not the other way around
The tactics are NOT the mission
Sit in a lot of ministry meetings to listen, then articulate what they’re trying to say
If you don’t say no, you’ll waste the church’s time
Design is every decision made about a product or service
- An essential supporting structure of a building, vehicle or object
- A basic structure
Skin is not bones
If a guest can’t find your bathroom, you’ve failed as a designer.
Act I – Define the win
What’s the takeaway?
That’s the mission
If you can’t make decisions, you can’t design.
Case study: NewSpring Church Brand
Steward the brand well
“NewSpring is a church where change takes place” – Vision
“Reach 100,000 people in South Carolina with the Gospel” –Mission
Mission is what you want to the future to look like, vision is how you’re going to do it
Does a project reach the mission?
It’s a design tool.
Practical trumps pretty.
You can succeed as a decorator, but fail as a designer
Mission statement specifically for website (i.e. teach people about Jesus)
Value people over pixels
Discipline is the vehicle
Discipline isn’t easy; it’s simple – Lee McDermott
Talk doesn’t cook rice – Chinese proverb
Act II – Build the bench
You need the right people
If you get the best people, you win. If you don’t, it becomes significantly more difficult. – Todd Park
Every person is responsible for 1 volunteer that they pour into
Our job is to get other people involved in the Kingdom
People make missions work
The product can always change – Facebook Design
Dig deep moats
Hire slow, fire fast
“This is the mission that we’re on, how do you feel about that?” ß Ask this question when making hiring decisions.
If they can’t carry out the mission, they’re a bad hire.
Mercenaries are not missionaries.
Be really aware of who you partner with.
If you’re just there for a paycheck, you’re taking someone’s seat who wants more than that.
Monetary =/= missional. Perks will go away
Mission work needs teamwork
Renaissance men are a myth
Heroes are villians
Act III – Defend the Gates
The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of what matters least
Priorities, people & politics are big factors of your job. If you don’t like them, find something else
Missionaries are murders. They can kill an idea for the right reasons
Act IV – Cultivating the Garden
You’ve been given something to cultivate, don’t screw it up.
If you think the grass is greener, think different: it’s just different grass.
Pray for a mission you want to invest in, if you’re not passionate about your current mission
Life’s too short for you to not do what you’re passionate about.