Orginally published on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 6:21 AM
by Greg Atkinson
Schools back in, Friday night football is on, and Six Flags is prepping for their “Fright Fest”. It must be Fall! As you crank things up for the Fall, I have a few ideas for you to consider. First of all, be sure to catalog all your summer video footage from camps, VBS, outdoor fellowships, etc. and make plans to video all upcoming events (Fall Festival, Christmas, etc.). Here’s why...
•Capture the moment: Once the event is over, it is forever gone and can only be experienced again through pictures and video.
•Make a highlight video: A great way to boost moral and encourage community is to play a brief (30 second to 1 minute) highlight video during your main worship service’s announcement time.
•Catalog and file the footage for next year: Next year when it is time for camp or VBS, etc. pull out the footage from the year before and use it to make a promo video. Remind your people and show newcomers how much fun the event was last year. I bet you’ll see a big jump in attendance!
Do some kind of social activity with your entire worship ministry (music, sound and video). Be intentional. There are too many silly battles and attitudes from those on the stage and those in the booth. One way to combat this is to get these people together away from the church. Come up with creative and fun ways for those who serve in your worship ministry to interact and relate away from the pressure of Sunday morning. Here are a few examples: Picnic at a local park. Catch a ballgame together. Cookout at someone’s house. Put on a video scavenger hunt (YES – adult’s love this, too). Have your church staff host an appreciation banquet for your entire worship ministry or even just the media team (sound, video and lights).
Launch a new recruitment campaign. Please know that you must constantly recruit media team members. Not only should your ministry continue to grow and require more and more people to “make Sunday happen”, but any ministry will have natural turnover (people quit, move, have to step down for a while, etc.). Have your media team leaders begin now to talk about creative ideas to find new people to get involved. Put together a funny promo video describing what the media team does and how other’s can join in. Involve your drama ministry, musicians and Senior Pastor.
If you haven’t already, give your media ministry a name and an identity. There’s nothing too motivating about being the guy who occasionally runs sound or computers during worship. But if I am a part of a vital ministry and team, such as the Media Ministry Team or the Tech Team, or Multi-media Ministry, or AV Team, etc. – then we have an identity and a purpose. Shirts are a great way to build your team and boost moral. You can design your own shirts or purchase shirts from people like my friends at Midnight Oil sell and add your church’s name to it.
These are just a few thoughts about ways to increase awareness and effectiveness in your church’s media ministry this Fall. As you know – it’s never too early to begin planning for Christmas. So let’s “deck the halls” as creatively, artistically and inviting as we can. Keep your eyes on Him!
©2007 – Greg Atkinson (www.churchvideoideas.com)
Used by permission from author. All rights reserved by author.
Greg Atkinson lives in Dallas with his wife and their three small children. Greg served previously as the Director of WorshipHouse Media, after having served as a worship pastor for 11 years. Greg is now the Technical Arts Director at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship and continues to consult, teach and write about worship, media and creative communication. You can connect with him through his daily blog, Church Video Ideas, his podcast, Creative Synergy, or his email: .
This post has been viewed 2754 times so far.
There are 2 Comments: