I am very excited about the newest Magnification project. We are asking our audience to create a 'home video announcement segment'. We will use the top videos to take the place of live announcements during our services in September, or October.
We created packets for all interested participants to pick up this weekend. The packets contain our offering envelope, and information card. Both have to be included in their announcements. Beyond that requirement the length of video must be 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Audio must be very, very clear. And, of course we reserve the right to remove any content we deem inappropriate. Project is required in digital format, either tape or DVD.
These types of congregational participation projects are opportunities to give our volunteer announcement guys a break, as well as helping me to sometimes discover a new "star" videographer for my department.
You may ask, what happens if there is no interest? This has happened on occasion, for instance it was a problem one time with a teen photography display I wanted to put up for Fathers Day. I always know the possibility is there, so anytime this is the case I simply recruit! I already have 4 people in mind that I will ask to create the announcements for me if I don't get audience response. Either way the congregation will never know whether I had to ask people to shoot video, or whether they volunteered. Everyone wins in the end.
I will post a link to the videos when we get them ready for broadcast. I can't wait!
(PS: for great creative ministry ideas please visit Ragamuffinsoul.com - one of my favorites)