Last month, since I was going to be out of state, Eli (worship minister) and I planned a sermon short film on prayer–“Discovering Prayer”.
We talked about it for a couple of months, prepared the message, set up the shoot, shot the video, and edited the dvd.
It was a ton of work, but well worth it. Eli and I were overwhelmed by the congregation’s response. Here’s a sample of what we heard:
We were excited to share this with the congregation, but–honestly–we have been surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response this message received.
We’ve had more requests for this sermon, than for any sermon I’ve ever done.I think we’re going to do this again. 🙂 In fact, we are planning a series of short films for an upcoming sermon series.
The use of video to share the Gospel is a very powerful tool. Dave Ferguson and his team at Community Christian Church are using this tool–and using it well. http://www.communitychristian.org/play/play.html
I recently read an article by Michael Duduit in Preaching Magazine (May-June 2005) in which he wrote:
Here are some of my random thoughts on the possible benefits of sermon short films:
Allows for a church to start services on other sites without the logistical pressure of the preacher having to be in two (or more) places at the same time. (This is one of the ways Community Christian Church is using short films.)
Might be a more-appealling download on church website
This method requires the help of a team of people, so more people are involved in ministry
Can be used as lesson, or a discussion starter, for small groups
Enhances ministry to shut-ins by offering them a higher quality version of the sermon
Format of message may be more appealling to seekers
Creates a resource that can be used, or adapted, for a variety of purposes, including a web-based ministry.
Can you think of any other benefits? Downsides? I’ll post some of your comments.