The New Digs

If you follow our parent company RT Creative Group at all, you know we spent a great deal of energy in 2014 on the new space we'd eventually move into. Well, 2015 is here, and while we still have a ways to go, we're finally getting settled in!

We know that we (Igniter + Graceway) function as the "tech team" for a lot of our customers who work at smaller churches, so we thought we'd give you guys a peek into your tech team's workspace. And for those of you who do have tech teams, maybe this will give you some inspiration. We'd love to hear your comments!

One of our collaboration rooms. There will eventually be a display on the wall to the left, which happens to be a giant whiteboard.

This is Clint's favorite area--the coffee bar. That's him showing our friend Martin what's up.

If you've ever talked to us on the phone, chances are you've dealt with this lovely team. Our customer care team is the best!

If you've ever talked to us on the phone, chances are you've dealt with this lovely team. Our customer care team is the best!

Some of our designers hard at work. Except Ashton. She's just plotting world domination. Or something.

As you can see, the development team likes dividers. Lots and lots of dividers. Oh, and then there's #alan on the right (our digital marketing guru). 

As you can see, the development team likes dividers. Lots and lots of dividers. Oh, and then there's #alan on the right (our digital marketing guru). 

Definitely our coziest collab areas. We [heart] dramatic textures.

One of the rooms we're most excited about. The studio. Eventually we'll have a light grid on the ceiling and a green screen cyc wall to the left. It'll also double as a sound stage. That window on the right wall leads to...

...the control room. Which is pretty bare at the moment. That window to the left is where we'll do a lot of voice over work.

One of our editing suites. Recognize the Mini Movie on the display?

This is another one of our faves. The gear closet/prop closet/workshop. Everything has a place and everything is in it's place. Eventually.

Probably the coolest room of the new space--the theater. We like to do all-staff Mini Movie screenings when we release new ones. That will happen a lot in here.

We're super excited about the new place. We're even more excited about the ways it will help us to serve the Church and tell God's story of grace and redemption through media.

Heartbeat

If you're anything like me, the idea of silence sounds pretty great this time of year. Non-stop Christmas music, sitting in traffic IN A PARKING LOT at the mall, hustle, bustle, and all that. Yeah. Silence. I'll have some of that.

"Heartbeat" tells the story leading up to Jesus' arrival, when God's people were experiencing a season of silence. But instead of a few peaceful moments of rest, this silence lasted centuries, and was marked by their separation from God.

I hope you can experience some silence this season, but a silence wherein you can draw near to Him. If your silence is the hopeless kind, know that God is at work, just like He was 2,000 years ago, when he revealed Himself in a way he never had before.

Be encouraged by "Heartbeat."

Joy To The World...Has Come.

We've partnered with the uber-talented Folk Angel again on the newest Igniter Original (they're our friends who provided the soundtrack for the ever-popular Social Network Christmas).

"Joy To The World" is a fun, upbeat take on the classic Christmas hymn. While you could use it as a walk-in opener for a church service, it's probably best used as a performance track, which is why we've included a "karaoke" version and a "performance" version, with click track.

Check it out--along with its alternate versions--on our site.

Rob tested it out at the On Your Mark children's ministry at Watermark Community Church last weekend, and it went over really well. Audience participation encouraged. Check it out:

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PRO TIP: If you're going to use it as a performance track, use A Christmas Scale as an opener, and then transition straight into Joy To The World, using one of its alternate versions.

Download it here, and stay tuned for yet another Christmas release from Igniter, coming tomorrow!

 

Phil has become the director of Igniter Media

I'm pleased to announce that Phil Wright has been named the director of Igniter Media. Phil has been with us since around April of 2013, but his presence has been here much longer. His lovely wife, Jenni, joined our team back in 2007, so we've been inundated with Wrights.

I'm really excited that we have someone who will think Igniter Media, all the time! Phil is already such an asset for Igniter and I'm getting really excited about what's coming in 2015. Jeff and I are like giddy school girls thinking about Phil in his new role. That's a compliment to everyone involved, including the school girls.

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