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A Story and a Prayer for the Next Generation

Six of us sat in the Asian accented hotel room from 9 PM till midnight. We had just participated in six days of strategic gatherings to partner, learn and develop new ways to share Christ to the ends of the earth.

Our hosts, Carol and Calvin Conkey, had created a warm setting for a quiet celebration over what God had done in the prior week.  Soft lighting, candles, drinks, popcorn and sugar cookies waited.  We were ready to "partay."



Added by Clyde Taber on April 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Evan Grae Davis on Social Action Documentaries

Evan Grae Davis has traveled the world with camera in hand for nearly two decades, advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos mobilizing support for non-profits and NGO's championing the cause of the poor and exploited. Evan has consulted with and worked along side over 100 regional, nation and international organizations, helping them tell…


Added by Clyde Taber on April 2, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Asian Doors Are Opening

God is opening big doors in Asia for VSN through the following opportunities in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In-Depth Mobile Ministry Training (March 26-29).  Leaders from the Mobile Ministry Forum will teach four days of training to 50 missionaries.


Mobile Ministry…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Son of God Movie

Two thumbs up from me!  

Apparently several million others who purchased $26.5 million worth of tickets on opening weekend thought the same.

A good portion of the movie was from the television series that aired last year. I don't know how much of this material was new, but it seemed like there was fresh content.…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

My 2014 Theme

Each year I ask the Lord for a theme to set a daily spiritual tone for me for the year.   The Lord usually gives it to me on my retreat at the beginning of the year (see last year's theme).



Added by Clyde Taber on February 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation Executive Summary

Wycliffe Headquarters, Orlando, Florida

December 9-11, 2013


"In Uganda, there are more cell phones than light bulbs."

So said Tomi Ahonen, world's foremost expert on mobile technology trends in developing nation, at the 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation.  Mobile device…


Added by Clyde Taber on January 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Story Seminar - Summary

Executive Summary

We had a great Story Seminar on January 21, 2014 at the ELAM Office in England with 26 participants. We learned a great deal about the art and structure of story as it applies to ministry and content creation.  Story is critical to the mission of the Church because...…


Added by Clyde Taber on January 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

7 Ways to Be More Effective Today

Here are the daily best practices that I have found that have helped me the most.

1. Identify Your Big Three.  At the beginning of the day, identify the three most important things you need to accomplish if today is to be a success.  Make these the first (and if necessary) only things you accomplish today.

2. Big rocks first.  Whatever is most important,…


Added by Clyde Taber on January 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Bobb Biehl Questions - 5 BIG Picture Questions - 9 Accelerators

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?



Added by Clyde Taber on December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Invest in the Movement

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…

  • Mobile…

Added by Clyde Taber on November 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Four Things You Need to Lead Into the Future

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.…


Added by Clyde Taber on September 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Six Ways My Mobile Enhances My Spiritual Life

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 "" app, and YouVersion's audio (I'm just not a big fan of…


Added by Clyde Taber on August 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Story Seminar - Paris World Premier Summary


Executive Summary

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 …


Added by Clyde Taber on August 6, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why I Don't Watch TV

Often anyway.

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.…


Added by Clyde Taber on June 5, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Mobile? How about Wearables, Driveables, Flyables and Scannables?

Here is an important article about Mary Meeker, a partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, on her annual “State of the Internet” report.


By Evelyn M. Rusli and Shira…


Added by Clyde Taber on May 31, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Story Wars

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

Q Conference 2013 - My Notes

I attended my first Q Ideas conference (Los Angeles, 4/15-4/17).  Great venue!  Loved the breadth of ideas and inspiring stories.  


Great People Encounters: Ken Fong, Aaron Thomson, Charmaine Lillestrand, Scott Shuford, Erik…


Added by Clyde Taber on April 17, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Ralph Winter: Top 10 Roles of a Successful Producer

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…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Six Traits of a True Servant

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…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 2, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

How Would You Make the VSN Online Community More Dynamic?

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…


Added by Clyde Taber on January 29, 2013 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

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