When I was transitioning from the JESUS Film Project in 2006 while the Visual Story Network was being birthed, someone gave me these questions to help me figure out my next life. I recently found my working notes and realized how pivotal these questions were for me. A big thanks to whoever that 'someone' was!
Five Questions About the BIG Picture - Your Story Arc
1. What three changes will most please God?
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In the last year, by God's grace, the Visual Story Network helped train 200 leaders in mobile ministry, equipped 25 leaders through the new Story Seminar, and served 300 ministries with leadership resources and networking. Our growth goals for 2014 include…
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On June 18, 2013 I was invited to give a leadership webinar to the alumni of Denver Seminary, my alma mater.
Here is the PowerPoint presentation.…Continue
Here are some of the ways my mobile helps me deepen my spiritual roots. How do you use yours?
1. Listen to the Word of God. In this order, I most often use the Biblica's "The Bible Experience" that I added to my iTunes list, Faith Comes By Hearing's "Bible.is" app, and YouVersion's audio (I'm just not a big fan of…
We had a great Story Seminar on July 30 at the American Church in Paris with 25 participants from five countries (UK, Spain, France, Switzerland, US). We learned a great deal about the art and structure of story as it applies to ministry and content creation. Here is a …Continue
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Confession #1 : I'm not a big fan of traditional TV. I love film, helped start a film festival called Damah, and enjoy short-format content on my iPhone (Rhett and Link anyone? ... the Spanner Commercial slays me every time). But TV and I have never become great friends.
I'm not exactly sure why.…
By Evelyn M. Rusli and Shira…Continue
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There is a story war. Call it a competition if you will. In our message-rich and market-driven world we are saturated with story lines that call for our embrace. We all live from one, or at most two grand narratives. Most of us would be hard-pressed to express or explain what that story is. It is intuitive. Somehow an idea has captured us and we live out of that story to the best of our ability.
The story we choose determines everything. Our vision, values, relationships, and…
Added by Clyde Taber on May 2, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I attended my first Q Ideas conference (Los Angeles, 4/15-4/17). Great venue! Loved the breadth of ideas and inspiring stories.
Every story that gets filmed has one or more producers who bring the story to a screen. Ralph Winter has produced movies that have grossed $2.4 billion dollars worldwide. In this webinar, Ralph reviews the producer's job description and gives his insights on the role of a successful producer in part 3 of our…Continue
Shirin and I have been at Saddleback Church in for a year and a half. Saddleback just finished a 40 day campaign on "What on Earth Am I Here For?" This is based on a re-release of Rick Warren's book, "40 Days of Purpose." I read the book when it came out 10 years ago, or rather, I power-read it. This time I've been reading it devotionally. This is my #2 "must-read" book for anyone.
So, I'm a little behind the rest of crowd. I'm on Day 33. Today's chapter is "How Real…
We want to get new ideas for making the VSN online community more interactive. We started with a few people and a few questions. Please add your insights below.
When you come to the VSN community, what do you look for? What do you seek to offer?
Francine: I'm looking for people with similar interests. I'm looking for a ministry niche, looking to find
John: I want to equip the saints for the work of ministry. I…Continue
It's cold in the dim corridor as I walk to room 6 for my retreat at Mission San Luis Rey. As in prior years, I'm the only soul spending the night in the historic mission on the first Thursday of the New Year. I light a candle in my dark room, open my…Continue
The source I read most consistently after Scripture is Seth Godin. Really. I get a post in my email each day and read most of them entirely (subscribe here). Here is a recent Godin re-post I found applicable to the visual story teller. Yes! Heed God's call! But be aware of how tricky it may be…Continue
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As a kid raised just outside Baltimore, I loved Oriole baseball. While sitting next to my dad in Memorial Stadium, I ate peanuts with my baseball glove on (not sure how) so I was ready to catch the next foul ball. Never mind that we sat in the upper deck (read: cheap seats) and the ball rarely traveled that far.
I had a shoebox filled with baseball cards and was especially proud of my favorite Oriole, shortstop Mark "the blade" Belanger. I can still tell you the…Continue
Saddleback Church hosted a one day summit on Social Media recently. These 14 sessions are available online for free here.
Here from Rick Warren, Dale Patridge, Chelsey Vituris and more.
Take advantage of these unique resources. An email log-in is…Continue
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Here is a 12MB download from Richard Harrington (www.richardharringtonblog.com) and James Ball on their take on critical elements for DSLR preproduction.
This includes critical elements such as What To Plan For, Budgeting, Time Estimates, Peer Review and more.
Click here for the…Continue
VSN is connected with several powerful films being released that focus on different elements of the sex trafficking industry. Here is info about the films. Please add to this post if you are aware of other films addressing this tragic, but critical kingdom issue.
I've been spending a fair amount of time in Romans lately. It struck me that this verse has much to say about our storytelling.
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
I think this verse has much to offer regarding our visual stories. Here are a few observations.
#1. If the purpose of…Continue