Entries by Small Church Central

Rural Church Does Outreach through Children’s Ministry

What’s your congregation’s focus and form of outreach? As a small congregation – average weekly attendance of around 95 – in a rural setting (“at the intersection of beans and corn”), Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Hudson (Stroh), Indiana focuses its outreach efforts on the public elementary school in its community. Its form of […]

Making the Most of Video in Your Church, Part 3

This is the third part of a three-part interview with Shane Sooter, the founder of City on a Hill Productions. The complete interview, which took place in late 2014, is available in Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here. Bolinger: I thought of a couple of other […]

Making the Most of Video in Your Church, Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part interview with Shane Sooter, the founder of City on a Hill Productions. The complete interview, which took place in late 2014, is available in Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. For Part 1, click here. Potential Starting Point: Testimonies Another incredibly powerful thing that we discovered in our […]

Making the Most of Video in Your Church, Part 1

This is the first part of a three-part interview with Shane Sooter, the founder of City on a Hill Productions. The complete interview, which took place in late 2014, is available in Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. Bolinger: Shane, please provide us with a little background on yourself and the projects on which you’ve worked […]

Reaching Teens through Video Production: Part 3

This three-part series is a set of (lightly edited) excerpts from the book Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. Part 1 Part 2 The Importance of Collaboration and Co-Creation In a follow-up article, Fuller Youth Institute asked two questions: Why is co-creating media “the core of authenticity” for young people? What are some ways that leaders […]

Reaching Teens through Video Production: Part 2

This three-part series is a set of (lightly edited) excerpts from the book Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. Results of Research After that conversation [with Shane Sooter — see Part 1], I did research on how churches are using video production to reach youth. What I found is that: Reaching youth through video production is […]

Reaching Teens through Video Production: Part 1

This three-part series is a set of (lightly edited) excerpts from the book Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. According to a 2004 Barna Group study, nearly two-thirds of U.S. Christians accept Jesus before reaching the age of 18. Winning students to Christ is great for the Kingdom, and it also can lead to the parents […]