Kari Jobe and the Easter Song You Need to Sing at Your Church


Many people don’t realize that I was a worship leader for 12 years and have been involved in worship ministry in some way for the last twenty-plus years. I also have a degree in music/worship. One thing I love doing is finding new songs and sharing them with friends in ministry. With my platform via my blog and as the Editor of Christian Media Magazine, I get to share with a large audience.

So here you go: The song that I predict will be heard all around the world this year on Easter. I stumbled across this live video of Kari Jobe singing Forever with Brian Johnson and Bethel Live some time ago. I wanted to introduce you to it today because Kari Jobe’s new single will be available on iTunes tomorrow 2/18/14. I’ve always been a big fan of Kari Jobe and the spirit in which she leads worship. I encourage you to purchase this song and help it go straight to #1. Now death where is your sting?

Want to experience like I first did? Watch this video:

*** Get the chord chart HERE

*** You can download the song from iTunes HERE.

*** Also released is this song on MultiTracks.com. Get your tracks for this song HERE.

Check Out the Capital Kings Music Video Recorded on an iPhone

Recently I wrote about seeing TobyMac live and getting to talk with him backstage. I talked about how all these years later (I first saw him 20 years ago), TobyMac is still innovating. Guess what I found that TobyMac did? He recorded and edited his label’s artist Capital Kings’ music video on his iPhone 5. It’s pretty amazing. Check it out:

*** Editor’s Note: Want to learn more about this? One of Christian Media Magazine’s Featured Writers (Chip Dizard) just wrote about this here.

*** Greg Atkinson is the author of the book Church Leadership Essentials available on Amazon through Rainer Publishing (now available in print).

Nothing Into Something Video


My friend, Blaine Hogan of Willow Creek, produced this great video. I thought it was a good follow-up to my post last week on the Creation debate. Flour, holi powder, and the amazing David Ingram, helped to create this piece that Blaine’s team is quite proud of. Enjoy!


Dancer: David Ingram

Executive Producer: Paul Johnson

Writer, Director, Producer, Flour-thrower: Blaine Hogan, Bjorn Amundsen

Producer: Rhianna Godfrey

Music: Energico by AJ Hochhalter

DP: Bjorn Amundsen

Editor: Bjorn Amundsen

Sound Design: Ryan Pribyl

Voice Talent: Kabir Singh


Deaf, but Driven

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?

Apple Holiday TV Ad – Misunderstood

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.

Using Social Media to Promote Christmas

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?


Christmas Media Review

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?


Freedom Redefined by Mo Isom

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!