Bren McLean



by on Apr.17, 2014, under Church Life, Production, Worship

Last night was the final performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was a joy and privilege to be involved in such a high quality production!

We got a glimpse of just how well the body of Christ can work together to bring glory to God. There is unity in diversity.

Here are a few photos from the show:

Everythings AlrightMary: “Try not to get worried…

everything’s alright”


Mary“I don’t know how to love him”


CaiphasCaiphas: “You know his movements, we know the Law”


PilatePilate: “Oh, so this is the Christ”


HerodHerod: “Jesus I am overjoyed to meet you face to face”


JesusJesus: “God, Thy will is hard”


Jesus 2“It is finished”


Jesus 3BUT, the story does not end there!


The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew 28:5-7

After each performance, there was an intentional darkness and awkward silence. What next?

Senior Minister, John Gray then invited people back to Easter services to hear the rest of the story and to have questions about Jesus answered.

Now for some interesting numbers:


23 – Orchestra

50 – Crew

62 – Cast

50+ – Support (Ushers, Caterers, Babysitters etc)

216 – Lighting Cues

500+ – Cups of coffee

2,500+ – Tickets sold


Thanks to everyone who was involved in the St Paul’s production of Superstar. Whether up front or behind the scenes, your contribution helped to make the show an outstanding success.

Let’s continue to pray that the name of Jesus will be made famous across the Hills and beyond.


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by on Aug.18, 2012, under Production, Social Media, Worship

Church and ministry IS serious stuff, but sometimes we can take life too seriously. Why not let your hair down once in a while and find ways to have a laugh at yourself.

For example, I came across these ‘parody’ worship accounts (well, I hope they are fake!) on Twitter recently and found some of their posts absolutely hilarious:

Celeb Worship Leader – I’m a rockstar. And I was born for this

“My worst fear is when the next generation actually rises and takes my place. #worship”

“Intern just asked me if I had guitar tabs for a Creed song. Fired”

Celeb Worship Guitar –  I’m sure you know me; everyone does. And Jesus is cool as well

“So glad the Lord delivered me from my beginner stage. Saw some kids in youth band this week, and let’s just say I’m praying.” #WorstToneEver

Celeb Worship Bass – This is a parody account. If you dont enjoy my tweets, feel free to unfollow

“every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings” Lame quote. I like “every time you feel the bass, the devil gets punched in the face”

Celeb Worship Drummer – I make drums cool in church. Nothing says God rocks more than a snare, kick drum and 12 toms.

“It’s true the first drummer in the bible was a woman (Miriam). But then she was playing a tambourine by herself. We call them fruit loops now.”

Worship Sound Guy – What’s a dB anyway?

“How can you usher in the presence of the Lord with bad compression?”



There’s plenty of other ministries with mock accounts, but I hope that lightens your day and reminds you to have a good chuckle every now and then.

In terms of video, the guys at North Point Church produced this satire of a church service, titled ‘Sunday’s Coming‘.

It went viral and polarised people who debated whether it was humorous or inappropriate. I’ll let you be the judge…

I was also surprised to find out there are a lot of Christian comedians around! Well, why shouldn’t there be? Check out funny men such as Ken Davis and Tim Hawkins. You’ll find them on Youtube and all the usual online locations.

Again, it’s meant to be a parody. If you’re offended by people who make light of church and/or ministry, I respect that.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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by on Aug.16, 2012, under Production, Worship


TEAM NIGHT is on tonight at spch. It occurs about every 8 week’s and is a chance for ALL of the volunteers from the Music & Productions Teams to come together.

Every Sunday people generously serve as singers and musicians, and in areas such as sound, lights, data, video and staging. This is only a fraction of the areas of ministry at church, and I’m not saying it is the most important. But it’s a vast team of talented creatives, who benefit from the opportunity to mix and meet up with fellow team members.

There are also 4 service’s across the day and it is not often that you get to meet and share with your peers.

So, what happens at TEAM NIGHT?

1. Fellowship – creating a sense of unity and bonding. Good coffee and supper!

2. Corporate Worship – the sound of people singing exuberantly to the Lord is a taste of heaven

3. Vision Casting – where are we headed and why

4. Encouragement – building up members of the body

5. Training – equipping members of the body

6. Share – giving some an opportunity to share what’s happening in their life or area of ministry

Do your teams meet up at all? If so, how often? What does it look like?

If not, plan times for the team to get together, to be supported as vital members of God’s family.

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