Ten Ways for Churches to Use Video Right Now
Paul asks: How can my church use video other than the usual recording sermons? Any creative ideas?
Answer: Jon Barnes from Pumthuggee puts it best:
Instead of using a traditional PowerPoint slide show, use a video instead to draw extra attention to a special event. You can play it before and after the service as well as posting it to your church website.
#2. Pastors Video Blog:
One way for pastors to reinforce sermon points or to share other real life experiences to encourage and challenge the congregation is to create a video blog. This could be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your time and resources. This helps add a personal touch that can reach the entire congregation with minimal work. No need to get fancy at first, just sit at your desk and start yakking!
Video can be a great aid when presenting people’s testimonies during a service or special event for those who do not like public speaking. It is also helpful for situations where someone that is scheduled to share is unable to attend the service or event. If the person on video is ok with it you could even collect these and add them to an area on your website called “life changers” or “real-life.”
#4. Event Follow Up:
Using video to provide a summary of an event is a great way to keep the congregation informed, to thank volunteers and allow others to see the success of your event.
#5. Mission Trips:
Video is a great tool to use for informing others about upcoming trips, to connect a missions team with the congregation and for recording actual trip events to share once the team is back home.
#6. Missionary Updates:
Incorporating missionary video updates is a way to keep the congregation connected with the many missionaries that your church supports overseas. It provides a face to those who are far away as well as provides visual insight into the world and work of missionaries. Skype is also a tool that could be used to conduct a “live” update as well.
#7. Sermon Illustrations:
Websites like sermonspice.com let you search by passage, topic or holiday to find exactly the right kind of video content for you to use in a sermon. There are a lot of great videos available on every conceivable topic; funny, serious and everything in between. Feel free to check out our sermonspice videos HERE.
#8.9. Visitor and Welcome Videos:
If you’ve ever been new to church you know how important it is to have a welcoming environment: the people, the facility, the overall experience you have while you’re there and after you leave. A church welcome video is a great way to provide a campus tour for such locations as the children’s nursery and bathrooms. You can also introduce staff and provide a preview of the Sunday morning experience. You can post this on your church website and include it in a welcome basket.
#10. Ministry Spotlight:
In order to highlight certain ministry needs, you can provide a ministry spotlight video to communicate growth, needs and updates. This medium allows for a more focused visual update among all the busyness of a Sunday morning and often has a better chance of emotionally connecting with potential workers than a simple request for help.
I hope these ideas serve as a tool to enhance the good works you are already doing at your church. May you be encouraged and challenged to try new things as you serve the Lord and minister to His people.