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Message to the Masses: new video faith resource for teens
A UK team has just launched a new online resource with video shorts, aimed at mid-to-late teens. It answers questions about faith in an outsider-friendly and accessible way, so it is ideal for youthgroup members to use and share.
How to put an introductory video on your church homepage
People expect video shorts. If well-made, these can communicate a lot in two or three minutes. They are ideal for the homepage of a church site. Making a video short is not rocket science, and you'll find a lot of help at Trinity Digital Media and from the books Professional Web Video, and How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro. Read more...
Watch Eugene Peterson talk about storytelling [video]
Storytelling, in its many and various outworkings, is vital in effective communication. If you've got 30 minutes spare this week, come back to this page and take time to learn from Eugene Peterson (Bible translator, The Message) talking to Dean Nelson about stories, the Bible, and more.
Storytelling resources and why it matters
Two interesting videos on different aspects of storytelling. First, here's a short video from Sean Buluva, an oral communication trainer. It sums up the 9 storytelling tips he also explains in writing.
Share your faith on Facebook - cartoon explains how easy it is
Social media has changed everything in digital communication. For non-profits and Christian ministries, Eric Qualman chillingly observes in his new video, "The ROI of Social Media is: your business still exists in five years." It is really as stark as this – if your non-profit or ministry does not have an integrated social media strategy (rather than just trying to bolt-on a bit of Facebook or Twitter), you are in danger. Your church will also suffer, though not terminally, if it does not use social media, says Josh Burns. But equally significant – and greatly under-utilized – is this new potential for any Jesus-follower to share faith appropriately across relationships, using social media. YesEIs have produced a new short cartoon video explaining just how simple this it is to use their own curated choices of evangelistic video shorts.
Best practice for sharing video shorts on Facebook
Video shorts are are hugely powerful tool for evangelism or discipleship. Embedding a clip into Facebook is hugely strategic. The infographic below offers good advice on best practice. This applies whether you are sharing a third-party clip (for instance those on YesHEIs.com, God: New Evidence, or Global Short Film Network, or posting your own video short.
What should happen in your brain during storytelling?
There is, happily, a growing understanding of the significance of storytelling for good communication. The video below explains research into brain chemistry as a response to storytelling.
Book review: Professional Web Video by Harrington and Weiser
Professional Web Video Plan, Produce, Distribute, Promote and Monetize Quality Video Richard Harrington and Mark Weiser Focal Press ISBN-13: 9780240815091 This is an excellent book for both beginners and experts, mid-sized teams with reasonable budgets or the one-man-band working on a shoestring. In one volume it covers all aspects of planning, producing, and publishing your video. Read more...
The message and challenge of the Olympics to the church
The Olympics opening ceremony has received near-universal acclaim from round the world. As it got underway, the words that came to mind were, "Thank God for ...
Start making short videos for your church or evangelism
One thing I love about Paul Clifford is that he gives stuff away. He writes in his newsletter, "The first question I ask myself every week is… what can I give away this week?" A keen advocate of video production, Paul writes: "I created my own product announcement video for Church Video Summer School..."