When our Ginghamsburg Worship Design Team met to dream and design our summer series, lead pastor Mike Slaughter felt strongly that our three-month study should hit the theme of discipleship. Calling ourselves Christians and understanding what it means to name Jesus as LORD are two different things, he relayed. The Church may have treaded too lightly in the past – failing to layout the claims and call of Jesus.

Our team gained excitement as we began designing a framework that could support this pursuit of the countercultural, controversial call to the kingdom. We called the series RENEGADE GOSPEL and broke it up into three summer-month mini series’: Rebel Jesus, Radical Kingdom and Revolutionary Love.

I’d been wanting to create a wood pallet based stage and this felt like the perfect opportunity. We uncovered a generous source of pallets and wood pieces close-by and went to work designing our set, going for an environment where worshippers could feel the “other-worldliness” of  this kingdom lifestyle. At the same time we needed to keep an eye on what was safe and realistic. Our back stage walls are merely drywall w/ metal studs, unable to hold the weight of a wood pallet. We overcame this challenge by assembling faux pallets out of texture-painted styrofoam. Adding a custom-created podium, our ‘R’-branded stencil, flags, bare light bulb pendants finished off the look. Several rusty antenna tower sections added another element of interest. The three series themes were printed and decoupaged onto the pallets to help emphasize the scope of the series.

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