Podcast Episode 006, 35 min
Video Ministry Using Devices You Already Own, EP 006
Craig Forrest has spent decades shooting and editing film and video for ministries and network TV. He’s passionate about helping people communicate the message of Jesus in a compelling way. In this interview I talk with him about video ideas and tips that can be used in any size of church on a limited or nonexistent budget.

In a small church, it's the pastor, maybe by themselves or the pastor and their spouse, or, you know, like you said, maybe a couple of kids who have some interest in it. It's a very, very, very limited pool of people with very limited expertise. Let's start with that idea: when that's what you've got, what are some of the things that even in a small congregation with a very limited number of people, what are some of the things that we need to know up front? What would be two or three of the top things you’d say, “be careful to do this or not to do this?”

Craig Forrest: You have to ask yourself a couple of questions as a pastor, whether it's a big church or a small church. Size isn't important to me. Am I going to create videos that are for the church that are shot inside the church? Or do I want to also shoot videos outside the church that are going to reach people that don't come to my church?

Karl Vaters: Okay. By inside the church/outside the church, you don't mean filming in the building or not. You mean, who are we reaching? People inside the church or people outside the church.

Craig Forrest: Inside the church i, your congregation. People that already come to church, they're probably committed, dedicated people. You want to inspire them. Okay. That's one.

Outside the church, you're trying to reach people that are never going to darken the doors of your building, whether you've got 50 people or 5,000. How do you reach those people? You have to be creative. Karl, we could go for hours on this and we won't. How you reach people inside is different than how you reach people outside. And I would say over and over again, think beyond just preaching, beyond prayer, music, worship, which is wonderful. I love good worship music, any Christian would, and a good message and think, how do I reach people outside the church? And that means going out into the highways and byways, standing at a river or a bridge or in front of a large building or in the town square and doing short videos and clips. And using those locations as illustrations, as points of interests to talk about the gospel.

I'll give you an example. Many years ago, Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho of the largest church. Now, don’t get all big on me on the largest church part, okay?.

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August 5, 2021

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