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Exciting Job Opportunity for Filmmakers

The use of film in the church setting is growing by leaps and bounds. In a media-rich culture like ours, it is easy to see why people gravitate towards this medium. From announcement videos, to mini movies to enhance a sermon, to videos of testimonies, the use of videos in church is on the rise. If only churches would set aside part of their budget to hire a bright, creative, innovative filmmaker who enjoys taking projects from the concept stage all the way through post-production, then the quality of these films would be simply amazing.

Enter Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas. Shoreline is a non-denominational church with a weekly attendance of over 5,000 people and they are looking for a filmmaker to join their team. Are you that person? Here’s what Shoreline is looking for:

This full time position is responsible to minister to the body of Shoreline Church, its video campuses and other audiences through electronic media including video/television, radio, and web based media to advance the church’s vision. The position requires producing short-form video and broadcast program material that supports and advances the vision of the ministry. Regular tasks include: meeting with ministry leaders, developing concepts, writing copy, working with production support, directing field shoots, conducting interviews, and editing/post production as needed, as well as filming services for broadcast and for live-stream and web-stream.

If that description gets you excited, then click on the link below to find more details for this position.


In Case You Missed It – 2 Tech Positions with The Ark

CMB - #icymi - The ArkThis could be for you! Two tech positions just opened up at The Ark in Conroe, TX. The Ark is a 5,000+ member, non-denominational church that exists for the saving of households. The name and the mission is based off of Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” How great is that?! I love the name and the mission. Anyway, this could be a great opportunity for you! The Ark is looking for an Audio Engineer and a Lighting Director to join their team.

Head over to The Ark on ChurchStaffing to see their current openings.


How to Grow Your Church’s Email List

emailEmail has been around for awhile. As a form of communication these days, it’s almost like a dinosaur. It seems that every few month there is a new social network that is advertised as the one that will take over email. While there are a few social networks that are trying to take over the world (I’m looking at you Facebook), email is still holding strong as a primary source of communication. Think about how many emails you receive in your inbox any given day and tell me you don’t agree!

What does this mean for your church? If you’re not already, it’s an essential way to keep your church attendees informed about upcoming events and happenings to keep them engaged. If you’re reading this post, though, chances are you are already communicating with your church via email. But sending email doesn’t mean much if you don’t have a good list to send them to. Here are some tips to help your get more of your church on your email list:

1) Ask for email addresses on your website: Visitors and your current church attenders will visit your website from time to time, so it’s a great place to ask them for their email address. Place a widget on your homepage letting them know you’d like to send them emails about upcoming church events and sermon series if they’s provide their email address.

This is super easy with WordPress or other common CMS-based sites with plugins that will allow you to place an email collection form on your website. If you use MailChimp to send email, they even have their own plugin for WordPress. Awesome!

2) Ask for email addresses in your program or bulletin: Do you request an information form from visitors to your church? Then you have a prime way to get their email address. Simply note on the form that you’ll be adding their email address to your email list so they aren’t surprised when the start seeing your church’s name in their inbox.

3) Ask for email addresses from the stage: If your email list is small but you have a large church, you have lots of work to do. But, there is one place where you can ask for email addresses from almost your whole church at once – from the stage on Sunday morning. Make an announcement that you’re stepping up your email game and you’d love to get their email addresses. Either provide a paper form for them or they can visit your website from a phone right in their seats at church.

These ideas are just a start. You know your congregation well, and you can come up with tons of other creative ways to collect more email addresses. Now go forth and email!


#fbf – 4 Ways to Thank Moms This Year


Can you believe Mother’s Day is just around the corner? As in next weekend? Even by posting these posts on Mother’s Day, I still feel like it snuck up on me. I’ve got some planning to do! Anyway, last year Rachel Anderson posted a great post on how to thank our mothers at church. It is a fantastic post that I wanted to share with you. In this post you will find some great ideas including applause, sweets, and a themed service honoring our moms. I think you’ll like it. Take a look and let me know what you think.

4 Ways to Thank Moms This Year



#fbf – 5 Ways to Build Momentum Around a Sermon


Yes, Friday is here and you know what that means. It’s time for Flashback Friday, where I search deep within our archives to shine light on an article that really just hits the spot. This is a great article we posted almost 2 years ago and the message still rings true. Now, you may look at the title and think that this only applies to preachers and teachers, but I encourage you to check it out. There are some great tips on how you can use your creative side to play a vital role in this process. I hope you enjoy!

5 Ways to Build Momentum Around a Sermon


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