I know many creative people who work in churches, producing amazing Media for furthering the Gospel. I wont claim to be anywhere near the level of so many I follow, but I also know I’m trying. But the tension comes when things start to pile up that need to be designed for the various ministries in our church, and I’ve still got small group curriculum to create for our upcoming series. Then the question comes, is this worth the time? Or when I spend the extra time trying to get that small group curriculum to look snazzier than times new roman with main points in bold. The question comes back, is this worth the time? This morning I got to sit in on a breakout about Tweens led by Dan Scott, and he spent the first part of his talk going through some of the brain rules laid out by John Medina in his book Brain Rules. One of the things Dr. Medina lays out as the rules for the way the brain works is that Vision trumps all other sense, that if your visuals don’t keep their attention, they won’t hear what you say. Now, most people who have worked with Middle Schoolers for any length of time already know that it can be tough to keep their attention for a 25 minute sermon, which is why many do teaching times closer to 15 minutes in our ministries. But if we knew there were things we could do to enhance the environment and keep our students attention, wouldn’t we do them? More so, if we knew there were things we were doing that were actually causing our students to tune us out, wouldn’t we change them? I don’t think you have to have the greatest graphics any church has ever seen, but I have seen some ministries that make it seem like they don’t even try. If you need help, we have a growing resource of design’s on the Youthmin.org Marketplace. Many are free, almost all are customizable.