1. Moving images are metaphors.
The enduring power of Jesus’ parables resides in mystery and metaphor. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like…,” so how about doing the same thing in your ministry? Before shooting or showing anything, think and pray and meditate upon the grace of God, the grandeur of creation, the wonders of faith. What might the kingdom of God look like in your community? Check out the short films of ignitermedia.com.
2. Moving images set a tone.
They create instant atmosphere, from contemplative to celebratory. Over the course of a worship service, moving images could mirror the many moods of the Psalms, taking a congregation from grief and anger to contrition and reconciliation. The site triplewidemedia.com has a vast selection of loops to suite any mood.
3. Moving images can illustrate a point.
Hollywood blockbusters can help set up a sermon about faith, courage, sacrifice, grace. Several books offer lists of Bible illustrations in mainstream movies. The site www.movieministry.com has created a massive database searchable by Bible passage or theme. And ScreenVue is a legal resource for ministry-oriented scene downloads from selected major movies: screenvue.com.
5. Moving images can take us on a journey beyond the church walls.
Rather than talking about what people missed at a retreat or missions trip, show it via short videos. For stewardship Sundays, have a crew film follow people to their workplace or schools. Short documentaries can become living testimonies of how we practice our faith. Finally, rather than talking about what people think about God, why not take cameras into the community to interview people at parks or malls? What a cool outreach tool—capturing candid reactions and inviting people to come see themselves on the big (church) screen.