Midnight Oil seminars are host-based events. This means that we respond to the expanding interest for creativity, image, art and media in worship in local communities like yours. This assures well-attended, exciting events. The seminar is designed to be win-win. In other words, you as the host end the event with inspired, knowledgable, and trained teams, fulfillment from being a teaching environment for other churches, and extra revenue to help support your present and future ministry needs.
With literally hundreds of dates since 2001 our teaching has helped thousands of churches like yours make better use of creativity, art, media and image in worship.
Don’t just take our word for it. One of our seminar hosts, Rev. William Myers, wrote in and told us that shortly after his church hosted our seminar they went through the 40 Days of Purpose campaign using our On Purpose Media worship media materials. It created a real hunger in his church, which then led him and his worship design team to develop a series based on a denominational discipleship program called “Claim the Name.” They changed the program’s theme to “Base Camp,” used our camping image from spark volume 2, and went crazy with the metaphor. As he writes,
|From: William Myers
To: The Midnight Oil Guys
Subject: To the Midnight Oil Guys
Let me tell you about our recent series!
We’ve had a pup tent and other pieces of camping gear on the chancel since. The first message title was “Smores” and dealt with God, sin and grace, AND, as you might suspect, we served smores after worship during fellowship time.
“Nature Guide” was about Jesus Christ, “Ignite” about the Spirit and Gifts of the Spirit (Sparklers were presented after the service to ADULTS only), “Trail Signs” last Sunday was about Worship and Word, and “The Buddy System” this Sunday will be about the Body of Christ in action.
We’ll look at John Wesley (a Methodist pioneer) as “Trail Blazers” and give a small compass to all in worship and we’ll close with “Sport the Gear” as we claim the name as Christians and followers of Jesus.
Now please understand this: WE WOULD NOT BE DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS WITHOUT YOUR INFLUENCE!!
Yes, I’m getting pushed harder than ever in the 30 years I’ve been a pastor to prepare messages, but the payoff, the “return on investment” is tremendous! Our attendance is climbing, even during the summer, and this past Sunday our average weekly offering reached a high water mark since I’ve been pastor (3 years)!
I attached some our images our team came up with.
Boy, that’s lots of exclamation marks. We love hearing stories of dynamic congregations using innovative methods in worship. We’re also very thankful to Bill for the note, and honored to be a part in some way of his ministry. At least by the sound of his email, hosting a seminar paid off for Bill and his church bigtime. If you would like to host a seminar, please let us know. But Bill would warn you that Midnight Oil ideas, images and videos may impact your ministry!
If you’re interested in hosting, we’d love to hear from you. We try to keep the seminar booked 6-12 months out. If you don’t see an event in your area in the next year, and if you would like to host a seminar in your community, please fill out the info below and we’ll be in touch.