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What Media Do I Use for the New Year?

Great question indeed! What media DO you use for the new year? There is so much great content to choose from, how do you search for it, find it, and then choose which to use for your congregation? That’s where WorshipHouse Media comes into play. WorshipHouse Media is a site that does the hard work for you. They curate the best media that is being created for churches and then presents it to you to choose what fits best for your context. I’ll share more about WorshipHouse Media later, but I wanted you to know that this year, WorshipHouse Media is the place to go for all things media.

In regards to the new year, WorshipHouse Media has some great options for you to choose from to use in your services. They are solid mini movies from producers such as Skit Guys Studios, Hyper Pixels Media, Bright Box Media, and Free Bridge Media. I know you’re going to love them, so be sure to check them out and use them in your services.

This Year I Mean It by Skit Guys Studios

A new year brings new resolutions, but we don’t always follow through so well. Watch as four people make commitments, and acknowledge their need for God to help them.

New Year and New Beginnings by Hyper Pixels Media

Was last year everything you hoped it would be? Many of us have regrets about the things we did, or even things we didn’t do. But, God is the God of new beginnings and second chances. This New Years mini-movie will remind your congregation to focus their eyes on Jesus in the new year, and let Him take care of everything else. That may sound like a simplistic approach to life, but isn’t that how Jesus taught us to live? This fun and uplifting New Years video will work great as a worship intro, sermon introduction, or as an opener for your New Years sermon.

New Years Resolutions by Bright Box Media

We’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions that we haven’t been able to keep. This funny video illustrates that without God being our strength, we’re going to end up giving up.

This Year by Freebridge Media

The new year is a time to rededicate ourselves to the cause of Christ and the glory of God. It’s a time to hit our knees, surrender our will and live out our faith. It’s a time to come before God in worship, giving Him the honor He deserves. This year, it’s time to fix our gaze on Jesus and live life for Him and Him alone.

 

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How Do I Choose the Best Christmas Media?

There’s a lot of great media out there to use for Christmas, right? With all the great possibilities to choose from, how in the world do we narrow it down? How do you sift through all the Christmas trees, snow globes, stockings, cookies, mangers, donkeys, stars, shepherds, and babies in order to use the most relevant, impactful media you can find? Well, I think I can help you out with that!

Our friends at Playback Media have been creating compelling media for years, and they have some amazing Christmas collections I want to share with you. The word “collections” is important because I am only showing you one possible image that is part of a much larger collection that could include: motion backgrounds, still backgrounds, and countdowns. Be sure to look at each collection to see how the media might fit into your Christmas themed services this year.

Christmas Village Collection

Peaceful Advent Collection

Trendy Christmas Collection

Merry Evergreens Collection

Modern Christmas Collection

Wooden Christmas Collection

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5 Reasons Why FREE Media Is the Best Media

Happy December, everyone! Can you believe Christmas and 2018 are just around the corner? It’s amazing how quickly time flies by. In all of your prepping for the Christmas season, have you stocked up on your FREE media to use at church? Well, check out some of the deals we’ve found to help you as you prepare for your Christmas services this month. But first, here are the top 5 reasons why FREE media is, by far, the BEST media:

  1. It doesn’t cost you a dime
  2. You can download it and surprise your creative team
  3. You don’t need a credit card
  4. You can use it this year and/or next year
  5. You don’t need approval to download it
  6. It will bless your church (this was a bonus item)

 

WorshipHouse Media

This Christmas season, we have partnered with our amazing producers to give you 24 free items of media, just to say Merry Christmas and thank you for serving The Church! Visit this page every day to download your freebie.

Healing Spirit Scripture Countdown by Playback Media

This countdown features a beautiful abstract image of a nebula in outer space. What looks like stars slowly drift out from the middle of the nebula. What looks like space fog also drifts out from the nebula. The cool hues help set a peaceful serene feeling. At the top a five-minute countdown appears. Throughout the countdown different bible verses appear about the Holy Spirit and the role he plays in a believers life. This is a gorgeous background to help set a calm meditative mood for any setting and is a great starting background for any time of the year! It’s also a great background for talking about the Holy Spirit and the comfort and healing he can bring to life. The Healing Spirit Countdown Motion Background is part of the Healing Spirit Collection.

Free Video of the Month from Lightstock

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ICYMI – Filmmaker Opportunity in Austin!

If ministering to large audiences through electronic media including video/television, radio, and web based media is your thing, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Shoreline Church, a non-denominational church in Austin, TX is looking for a results-oriented, intelligent, well rounded, adaptable to frequent changes kind of person to join their growing, dynamic team. The church is led by Pastors Robert and Dr. Laura Koke, and they are looking for that right person to fit this role. Let me list off a few of their desires they are looking for to help minister to the over 5,000 people who attend their church each week:

  • A degree in video production or three years minimum equivalent on the job experience.
  • Proficient with cinematic cameras and accessories. (Blackmagic, Canon DSLR’s, Gimbals, sliders, etc.)
  • Proficient on Apple Mac.
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and others.
  • Proficient on, or able to quickly learn high-end HDTV production equipment, including Ross Vision switcher, Ikegami cameras, Everetz Xenon router.
  • Know all facets of production including creative process, scriptwriting, producing, shooting, audio, graphics, editing, color grading, etc.
  • Knowledgeable and current with design trends.
  • Work with producers, videographers, editors, talent and crew.

If this gets you excited then I’m going to encourage you to click on the link below and head over to Church Staffing to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

Filmmaker – Shoreline Church, Austin, TX

 

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Tree63 Frontman John Ellis Releases Solo Album Growing Silent

Includes Co-Writes With Matt Redman, Unreleased Tree63 Track

Known as the frontman for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning South African rock band Tree63, John Ellis released his fourth solo album, Growing Silent, Oct. 20 through Africa-based Christian Art Media. An ASCAP Vanguard Award-winning songwriter, this is the first time Ellis has released an album of specifically all worship songs.

Available now at iTunesAmazon.comSpotifyBandcamp and everywhere great digital music is heard, Ellis harvested from over a decade’s worth of original songs for this new, 10-song recording. Each of the tracks are entwined with vulnerable, confessional moments.

“Silence is almost the antithesis of modern life; we are the most over-stimulated generation in the vast history of humanity,” shares Ellis, revealing the impetus behind Growing Silent. “When we stop our endless torrents of words and noise that we throw at God all day, every day, we are able to stand silently before God and only then really get to know Him.

“We are repeatedly encouraged in the Bible to be still and silent, things which seem more difficult to do now than ever before,” continues Ellis. “Silence of the heart, silence of the mind, even silence of the tongue, these are the foundations of a contemplative way of life, which is where the deep things of God truly reside.”

Featured on Growing Silent are three songs written in 2005 with multiple Grammy Award-winning Matt Redman: “Hope Springs Eternal,” “Rose Again” and “Anywhere and Everywhere.” It also includes the Ellis-penned “If God,” first featured on Tree63’s 2015 reunion album, Land.

Additional tracks include the first single and lyric video from the album, “Mercy,” as well as “Believe,” “Be Still” and the title track that Ellis wrote more than ten years ago while on tour in the US with Tree63. “It was an experiment in a certain style of writing, but it has my favorite line in it: ‘a speechless man is sometimes worth a million preachers sounding forth’.”

The full Growing Silent track listing follows:

1.   Mercy

2.   If God

3.   Be Still

4.   The Feast

5.   Anywhere and Everywhere

6.   Rose Again

7.   Believe

8.   Hope Springs Eternal

9.   This Love

10. Growing Silent

For more information on John Ellis, Growing Silent, the latest tour dates and more, go to

http://johnellis.co.za/www.johnellisproduction.comFacebookYouTube and Twitter.

About John Ellis:

Since his major label debut as frontman and guitarist for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning rock band Tree 63 in 1999, John Ellis has become a stalwart of the songwriting community. An ASCAP Award-winning songwriter, Ellis has written and recorded such internationally known hits as “Treasure,” “Look What You’ve Done,” “A Million Lights,” “King,” “Stumbling Stone,” “Sunday,” “Come Out Fighting,” “Get You” and “Set Your Self On Fire.” He also led the No. 1 hit in the US, “Blessed Be Your Name,” named Billboard’s most played Christian Song Of The Year in 2004.

Ellis has shared the stage with The Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Delirious?, Matt Redman, Ard Matthews, Just Jinjer and many more. He has further played at a Billy Graham Evangelical Association event and toured across the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and more countries across the world.

Launching his solo career in 2010, Ellis is also a full-time parent and part-time lecturer at Varsity College and Vega in Durban, South Africa.

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