Tuesday, June 30, 2009

13 Church Video Ideas For YouTube by Kurt Steinbrueck

We've been looking at ways churches can use social media to market their church online and reach others for Christ. In my last article I talked about the benefits of online video sharing as an online church marketing strategy. In this article I'll give several ideas for videos.

Video Ideas:

Sometimes churches have some difficulty thinking of videos to share. Here are 13 ideas for videos:

1. Post sermons: You pastor is giving the sermons every week anyway. Why note record them and post them online? (Note: YouTube and other sites have limits on the length and size of videos. So, you may need to break the sermon up into parts. YouTube limits are 10 minutes and a file size of 1 GB.)

2. Post funny videos: Funny videos have the added benefit of being potentially viral. If the video catches on, it could be viewed by millions of people.

3. Post commercials: If your church has commercials they are airing on TV, put them online as well.

4. Personal testimonies and interviews: Remember, one of the thing people love about video sharing is people being real. Personal testimonies are the perfect example of videos of people being real and are a great way for viewers to connect with your church on an emotional level.

5. Conference speakers: Does your church present conferences or special guest speakers. Just like the pastor's sermons, you can post these messages online.

6. Highlights of upcoming events: Let people know what’s coming up at the church, like an online commercial.

7. Highlights of recent events: Similar to the commercial of upcoming events, showing highlights of recent events can show people what your church is like and show them what they missed (so they don’t miss it next time).

8. Artists (drama, visual, musical, literary): Does your church have artists in the congregation? You can produce videos of these artists whether it’s drama, visual arts, literary readings, musical performances, etc.

9. Spiritual and Christian life related messages: A lot of people are looking for spiritual guidance and information. You can produce videos about various topics such as “Christ in your marriage or The end times.

10. Informational non-church videos: Don’t limit yourself to just church and Christian topics. The members of your congregation have a lot of information they can offer about secular and everyday topics such as 10 ways to save on your electric bill (brought to you by Christ the King church in Auburn or whichever church you attend). This is a great way to reach out to people who would not normally look for a church, exactly the people who we should be focused on with our church marketing.

11. Video used in your church services: Does you church use videos during the services. Why not post them online?

12. Commenting on current events: This can have the benefit of using the pop culture and hot topics of the day to reach more people. But be careful of divisive issues, such as the political topics. I’m not saying you can make a political statement, but you risk turning people off your church and the ultimate message of your church, Jesus Christ. Remember, Christ died for Republicans and Democrats alike.

13. Video Contests: Have a contest for youth or some other group to create videos about a particular subject or about the church and then post the videos. This can be a great way to make several videos, get the congregation involved, and have a great time.

These are just some ideas to get you started. Be creative. Most churches have tons of creative and talented people in their congregations. Creating videos can be a great way to get those people more involved the church.

In the next article in our series about using social media as an online church marketing strategy, I’ll look at ways you can increase the effects of your church's video sharing.

About The Author
Kurt Steinbrueck is the author of the Church Marketing Online blog. He has been Director of Marketing Services with Ourchurch.Com for over 5 years providing Christian search engine optimization services including services specific for church marketing solutions and private school marketing. Kurt is also a Deacon at his church. You can find the original version of this article at http://churchmarketingonline.com/2008/11/is-your-church-social-part-3-youtube-video-ideas-for-church-marketing/ For more at http://churchmarketingonline.com

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Read Christian Books to Enrich Your Life by Richard Marchand

Christians can connect to the compassionate Lord, Jesus Christ in many ways. The Bibles, sermons and other church services are the conventional paths by which Christians can affirm their relationship with the merciful Lord, Jesus Christ. There are many Christian books that are made available for the followers of this magnificent religion to understand and comprehend the basic tenets of the religion as espoused by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Christian family books make great reading for you to share with your family. In fact, many families make it a point to read aloud from these Christian books everyday after supper.

There are many versions of the Holy Book, The Bible that are available any Christian bookstore. There are special bibles that you can get for celebrating an important family occasion. The Children’s Bible is one of the most popular Christian books in the United States. This book condenses the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ in a format that is easily assimilated by our youngsters. There is also a liberal use of illustrations depicting the life and times of Jesus Christ in these Bibles.

Many Christians are now turning to DVDs and Christian videos to enrich their experience of their communion with God using the visual medium. You can now buy all such Christian merchandise and listen to sermons and other religious discourses from the comfort of your home. Music is also an integral part of Christianity and Christian traditions. The church choir is one of the most celebrated mediums for glorifying and thanking our Lord, Jesus Christ for our countless and bountiful blessings that we have got by His grace. Many Christians renew their faith and range of personal religious beliefs by listening to Christian music CDs.

There are many websites on the Internet that sell Christian CDs, books and DVDs. The best websites selling Christian family books and Christian music prominently display user ratings and popular editorial reviews of all the Christian merchandise that they have put up for sale. Some of the better Christian merchandise websites also donate a part of their profits to deserving charities.

If you visit these websites you can also get the Christian books or DVDs that you want easily by using the multi channel search options that are provided by them. You can search for the Christian products by category, subcategory or by title. This ensures that you get what you want in a jiffy without much hassle. You can even scan the bestsellers list to get ideas for Christian gifts that you may want to get for some family member or friend. Look for some cool bargains when you shop for Christian family books in websites selling Christian merchandise, these are a great way of building up your collection of Christian books in a short time. Good websites selling Christian books, CDs and DVDs allow their customers to post reviews; some of the reviews are frank appraisals of the products and may help you make a purchase of your choice from the website.

How to Maintain Your Income Stream If You Are Laid Off? by Nicole Reebi

How to Maintain Your Income Stream If You Are Laid Off?


The world has entered into a recession, many corporations and companies had announced their job cutting news. If you are an employee for any of the companies that have plan to reduce their company's headcounts; then, your job will not be guaranteed. The question is how you are going to maintain your income stream just in case you are being laid off and unable to find a new job due to the job opportunities have been cutting down tremendously by most companies. It's time for you to think of setting up a second income source.

If you are thinking of getting a part-time job from other company, and go to work after your day job, then you probably will have a hard time find one in today's recession situation. Then, what other ways to source for income if you can't find a part-time job?

What if you create one for yourself? There are a few ways to make your own business without the need to investment a lot of money. By using the advantages of internet and online business features that allow you to work from home, here are the 2 common ways of earning money online:

1. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a business model that enables you to make money online without the need to have your own product. There are many online merchants looking for marketing outsourcing. They make their products available for online freelance agents, called affiliates who will be given commission based on their sales. You can set up a website to sell a few selected affiliate products. Your role as an affiliate is to drive web traffic to your website or directly to merchant's website through a unique link that will identify you as the affiliate who makes the sale.

Affiliate marketing has been a good income source for many people either as the part-time job or a full-time income. You may consider to set up a second income source through affiliate marketing while you still with your day job. Invest some time and efforts to make it successful; it can become your main income source just in case you are being laid off.

2. Set up an online store

Unlike traditional business, you don't need to invest a lot of money to have your own business on internet. You can choose to become your own boss by opening an online store to sell physical or downloadable products. In addition, you don't need to own a product for an online business. There is a business called dropshipping where you can easily find the products you are interested in selling at your online store; buy it at wholesale price and sell it at retail price at your online store. Under the dropshipping business model, dropshippers will sell you their product at wholesale price for individual item and they will deliver the ordered items to your customers on your behalf.

You don't need to quit your day job to start an online business. In fact, you can do it in parallel and work it out for a success. The income from online store can replace your main income just in case you have lost your job due to being laid off.


Under the bad economy situation where companies are looking for potential cost cutting and headcounts reduction, no job is guaranteed. As a working individual, you need to start to think of how to maintain your income stream if you are hit by the recession wave. Internet can be the best source to set up an income online and be the back up income stream while you are still with your day job.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pastor Marvin winans - I Need Thee

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bail Out Jamal Bryant

Dr. Jamal Bryant teaches on the biblical and practical Bailout plan for the economy.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jean Baylor (formerly Of Zhane') "Morning Time B Side Live"

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