Tech Tips: Smart Ways to Use Your Phone for Videos in Ministry

How are you using the movie studio in your pocket to communicate with your people?

I’ve been thinking about the #IceBucketChallenge and how it’s proven that smartphone videos are simple to produce and effective in communicating. How are you using the movie studio in your pocket to communicate with your people?

Here are some ideas you can try this week!

1. Volunteer Thank You. After your services this weekend … take out your phone and shoot a quick video that talks about how amazing your team is and gives them examples from that weekend about how they went above and beyond!

2. Devotional Thought. Have you been struck by something you ran into during your devotions that you think could have broader application? Take a minute and record that video and share it on your social media network of choice!

3. Behind-the-Scenes Videos. Is your band rehearsing for an upcoming special event? Is your leadership team working on a special series at your church? Take your people behind the scenes and let them see it!

4. Quick Interviews. Even though selfie videos can be super effective in communicating what you need to … grab another church leader, bring them in front of the camera and get their take on what’s going on. The added dynamic of another person will give the video lots more energy!

5. Family Ministry to Parents. Much of what happens in our family ministry environments is now hidden behind security barriers so the “wrong people” don’t have access to kids. One of the downsides of this is that parents don’t often get to see what happens in your ministry area. Take a video this weekend and send it to your parents so they can see the good stuff you’re doing!

6. Pre-Game Video. Videos shot with your smart phone can we be viewed almost instantaneously by your community … why not shoot a video before a special event or weekend service and send it your volunteers to get them excited about your time together. Let them in on how you are doing going into the weekend … and thank them for serving!

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Rich Birch
Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.