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This is good stuff. I especially loved when the dog started barking (that is my life). You just got to laugh!

Regardless of who  you’re pulling for in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, this is pretty cool. I don’t know if you’ve heard the incredible story of Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who is the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history, but you should.

Now a Duracell ad featuring Coleman and his inspiring story has gone viral … and it’s great.

Check out this video. How driven are you?

He looks like an anti-social teen, but he has a surprise for the whole family. Watch this twice. It’s awesome the second time. Merry Christmas from Apple.

I came to know pastor Peter Haas through my work with ARC (Association of Related Churches) about 4 years ago. He was an up-and-coming church planter and lead an amazing church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can keep up with him at peterhaas.org. Peter is the author of the book Pharisectomy and is the Lead Pastor of Substance Church.

Recently, Peter did something genius. He teased and promoted their upcoming Christmas service by showing a highlight video clip from the year before – reminding people of how amazing Christmas is at their church. This is a great way to see an increase in attendance and encourage your people to invite their friends to church this Christmas.

Here’s the tweet that Peter sent out:

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And here’s the teaser/promo video:

And yesterday, Troy Page of West Ridge Church sent out this tweet:

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 Here’s their Christmas teaser video:

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from West Ridge Church on Vimeo.

Now tell me you don’t wish you could be at both churches this Christmas. I know I do! This is genius promotion and marketing and it’s magnetic. People are far more likely to invite their friends, neighbors and co-workers with this use of social media to create buzz.

More people are likely to attend your church at Christmas than any other time of year. What are you doing to promote your Christmas services this year?

 

The following is from my friend Dale at WorshipHouse Media:

Christmas is probably the time more churches use media than any other time of the year. We decorate trees, why not use some great seasonal media to “decorate” your Christmas media presentation? Here is a roundup of 5 short videos that are being used at churches all over the world this Christmas.

 

1) True and Better  (new this year)

by Dan Stevers

Why it is great: Stunning animation, Longer script allows you to base your sermon off the video, Works beyond Christmas as a gospel video

How you would use it: We have heard many churches have loved it so much they are theming the Christmas season to “True and Better.” Perfect to show it before, during, or after a sermon.

 

2) Christ The Savior Is Born (new this year)

by Centerline New Media

Why it is great: Visuals, easy to read text, Scripture based, short in length

How you would use it: As a stand alone reflection piece, Prior to a Christmas Sermon, Prior to worship to set the tone of praise.

 

3) The Christmas Scale (2012 best seller)

by Igniter Media

Why it is great: Familiar Music, True Story

How you would use it: To blow peoples minds! No, seriously – it is an amazing story about something so familiar people will be surprised. Can be used in conjuction with another Christmas video as this one is unique and great as a stand alone video at the beginning of your service.

 

4) The Christmas Truce (new this year)

By Shift Worship

Why it is great: The animation is amazing, Based on a true story so history buffs will love it.

How you would use it: This would be perfect in the middle or near the end of your Christmas message to bring home depth and meaning to our own celebration of the birth of Christ.

 

5) Christmas Welcome to Our Church (new this year)

by Floodgate Productions

Why it is great: Seasonal way to welcome visitors, Visuals and Voice over easy to follow.

How you would use it: Either in place of a countdown at the very beginning, or just after a countdown to start your service.

 

We hope you enjoy these Christmas videos from some of the best producers of church media! It was really hard to pick just a few as we have so many awesome videos in the Christmas seasonal store this year. What is your favorite?

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Recently I was at a men’s event at my home church and they played this video by Mo Isom. You can read more about her HERE. Check out this amazing video!

I had the opportunity to meet and befriend Todd Mullins over 15 years ago when we both attended Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary for weeklong intensive classes together. He’s a great leader and just one of the many great speakers you can hear tomorrow and Wednesday at The Nines.

Some other additional information you might find helpful:

  • The nines is designed specifically for church leaders

  • It lasts two days (this Tue/Wed Nov 12-13)

  • Starts at 11:00 EST each day.  (Schedule runs about 5 ½ hours each day)

  • Over 100 of your favorite speakers

  • Each speaker gets just 5 minutes.

  • Its totally online.  (No need for travel arrangements… just watch from your computer).

  • Absolutely free to watch on Tue/Wed.  But you must register at http://thenines.tv

Years ago, I had the privilege of consulting for Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX where Steve Stroop is Senior Pastor. He’s an amazing pastor and leader. Here he is in a sample video of what The Nines Conference is like. The Nines is this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some other additional information you might find helpful:

  • The nines is designed specifically for church leaders

  • It lasts two days (next Tue/Wed Nov 12-13)

  • Starts at 11:00 EST each day.  (Schedule runs about 5 ½ hours each day)

  • Over 100 of your favorite speakers

  • Each speaker gets just 5 minutes.

  • Its totally online.  (No need for travel arrangements… just watch from your computer).

  • Absolutely free to watch on Tue/Wed.  But you must register at http://thenines.tv

  • History:  Was started five years ago on 09/09/09.  Originally, each speaker was given 9 minutes, and there were a total of 99 speakers that first year.  (You get where we got the NINES from!)  Over the years, we’ve kept the name, cut the time each speaker gets from 9 to 5, and grown the event to one of the largest online events for church leaders… attracting leaders from over 50 countries.

  • Fun fact:  We have a feed specifically for our European viewers of the NINES this year.

  • Watch this video to see what the conference is like:

The following was the last video project I did with the other campus pastors at Forest Park. I really enjoyed working with our team.

Forest Park – Jesus and Sinner Illustration from Forest Park on Vimeo.

For years, the video below has been one of my favorite videos (now I really know why it resonates). This video is by Igniter Media and we recently played it at my church. Hats off to my friend, Trent Armstrong, for his amazing work on this video. After all these years, it still moves me. I love it and I hope it encourages you today. It encourages me!