Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts—the largest Lutheran worship conference in North America. It was truly an incredible few days filled with joyous music, useful workshops, and Christian fellowship. I'm still in awe with how well the conference was organized and how the many services and presentations will serve me in the future.
My presentation was on graphic design for worship and outreach. I was pleasantly surprised (and incredibly scared) to find out that over one hundred pastors, teachers, and lay leaders wanted to attend my talk. Graphic design, or rather visual communication, certainly has an important place in enhancing and supporting the gospel—especially in a very visual and media-centered society. Files and links from my presentation are found on my personal website. More stuff will be added to the website next week.
Conference Service Folders
Back in January, I was asked to help design the layout of some of the services for the conference and to also produce original art for the Transfiguration service on the final day. The conference had three main services every morning: The Epiphany of Our Lord, The Baptism of Our Lord, and The Transfiguration of Our Lord. In addition to these services, there were four concert services and two recitals.
It was a blessing to work with Pastor Caleb Bassett, who guided the art and layout direction for the services. Joshua Krohn produced art and designed the layout for the Epiphany service, while Jason Jaspersen created art for the Baptism service as well as a banner that hung above the altar. I encourage you to visit their websites that showcase their excellent work and give some insight into their creative process.
Before I go into the process of how I made the art and service layouts, I'd like to point out that the art used in the services is now available for purchase at nwcstore.com. Please help support these artists as they continue to glorify God with the gifts he has given them.