Online Worship Tips: CoronaChurch

I just watched my 37-minute Facebook Live broadcast worship and ran on here to give myself feedback from which you might also benefit!

We talk Hair!
We talk camera angle!
We talk song leading!
We talk about my favorite illustrator, Kay Nielsen (whose name is pronounced “KIE,” not “Kay” but I was flustered).

One thing I forgot to mention that was also nice and interactive: I asked those watching to hold up their “blessing hands” when I gave the online Benediction.

I also like that I stayed on camera for a few seconds after the “service” concluded to mention that we would be moving to Zoom Social Hour soon (keep your fingers crossed for next week!).

Blessings, friends. You’re doing great.

Command Central

So, You’re On Camera!

My dear friend and colleague the Rev. Meg Riley is directing viewers here, so WELCOME!! You may be a long-time pigeon (my term of endearment for my readers, an homage to Zero Mostel’s character in “The Producers”) or perhaps you’re a first-time guest to this salon. The mission here at BTFM is to encourage clergy and all religious leaders to take their public image seriously and to understand that everything visual about us communicates something important. We can consciously communicate through our instrument (voice, body, apparel) or we will project who we are unconsciously.

The mission of this blog has always been to equip readers with the tools to analyze and craft that image. My background is in theatre, costuming and the academic study of the evolving clergy archetype.

But today you just want to know more about how to do on-camera ministry! So here’s what I hope will be a helpful introductory video. The archives here at BTFM are CHOCK-FULL of resources for you! Enjoy them!

I’ll be back in days to come, but now: Target run. Wish me luck. xoxo PB

Archive links to on-camera and other particularly relevant posts:

Know Where The Camera Lens Is

Just a Fun Make-Up Video

Leading Worship in Street Clothes: What To Wear?

Glow-Up MakeUp And Advent Check-In

Here’s a little breather for you, dear and cherished and possibly tired and blotchy colleagues! Let’s turn off CSPAN and the spectacle of our nation in the shitter and talk about MAKE-UP! Really. It will do you good. I also have loving things to say about your ministry, I promise.

Here are my product recommendations:

Jorah Radiant Beauty Balm (CVS, Target, etc.). I’m wearing Light.

E.L.F. 16HR Camo Concealer (drugstore). I’m wearing Medium Peach.

Pixie Endless Silky Eye Pen (drugstore) in Bronze Beam

Nudestix Eye Pencil in Nudity (Target)

Smashbox L.A. Lights Lip & Cheek Color in a discontinued color (Ulta, Sephora)

Remember to take care of you, sweet people.

Directing Worship and Flubs


I am SO not set. Today was the Children’s Pageant and I have been obsessing about the service on the 23rd and Christmas Eve (we don’t have a Christmas Day service). Then, a mere few days off and we bang right into the New Year’s Eve service! Not exactly, but almost. OMG WHAT TO DO?

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about!
I want to talk about what to do when you mess up worship.
I also want to talk about the fact that you’re a theatrical director, did you know that?
Yea, I’ll talk about that, too. Comment! Weigh in! Tell me if you learned anything!

Brow Game

Darlings, PeaceBang is currently obsessed with brow design, as it can change your whole face.

She made this very special tutorial for you late on a Friday night, which is why she looks like a bedraggled witch after a long day on the broom. Enjoy!