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Film for the Gospel – Update from Pastor Rick

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been passionate about film making. My father attests that when I was a little boy at the age of 6, I was creating stop-action movie shorts using stuffed animals embarking on an adventures. God has been amazing to allow me to use that gift in other churches to communicate the gospel in creative ways. Currently, I have been blessed to bring that love of film-making to our Family Ministry at our wonderful church. Combined with the efforts of our lay and staff team who wrote and acted, we have created some exciting movie shorts!

Last spring, we made the Promiseland Toy Box series. We used toys to tell the gospel of Mark and the story of Noah. Recently, we created a spin-off series called the Promise Land Excellent Adventure that resembles the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure from the 80’s. Lastly, we have the Promise Land News Team, which is a weekly feature of our fifth graders rehashing the Sunday morning lesson in a funny news format. All of our children in Promise Land have been able to see these episodes on Sunday mornings!

Look to hear about more ways that we are using film to communicate the gospel. We have some exciting plans in the future to expand this ministry and if you would like to be a part of this awesome venture, please contact Dawn Peterson, [email protected] We would love to have you!

~Pastor Rick Jones, Director of Family Ministry