So you really liked that Christmas video we did a couple of years back. Maybe you even made a point to incorporate our Easter video this year. You really like the idea of leveraging the proven impact of media in your church services, but you just can't figure out how to work mini movies into the flow of your service on a regular basis.
In no particular order, here are the top 8 ways to use a mini movie in a church service:
1. Worship Intros
If your church is like most, transitioning into a time of worship is rarely as smooth as you'd like it to be. A worship intro (or really almost any mini movie) is a great way to say "Hey! Look up here! It's time to focus!" You know...without actually saying that.
2. Church Welcomes
Like worship intros, church welcomes are a great way to transition out of a time of fellowship. Most church welcomes also include some sort of church identity explanation--"Welcome to our church! This is why we're here..."
While some holidays/events are worthy of having entire services built around them (e.g. Christmas and Easter), many need nothing more than an acknowledgement. Using a mini movie communicates forethought while constraining time, and often has a bigger emotional impact than a verbal acknowledgement.
4. Scripture Reading/Summary
If your church is in the practice of having a Scripture reading before the sermon, try using one of these in its place. Think of it as a sermon intro (see #5) for the exegetical speaker.
5. Sermon Intros
Likewise, if the sermons in your church are more often topical, use a mini movie about that topic to give the people on stage time to transition, and to--wait for it--intro the sermon.
6. Service Closers/Benedictions
Some churches end every service with a blessing/prayer/challenge spoken over the congregation. If that's your M.O., try out one of these instead.
8. Sermon Illustrations
Maybe it seems like a no-brainer, especially if you read this post, but mini movies are a great way to help people connect with and remember the point of a sermon.
What are some other ways that you have used (or think would be a great use for) mini movies in your services? We'd love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below.