Veggie Tales founder Phil Vischer has been blogging about his big dreams for his new company, Jellyfish (if you’re not familiar with Vischer’s departure from Big Idea, you should read his book, Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables). So far he’s blogged about two problems:
- “Problem #1 – we need to raise a generation of Christians who know what it means to live out the Gospel.”
- “Problem #2 – Christian kids media is dying for lack of a platform.”
He’s gone on to talk about a platform to address these problems, which he called the “world’s smallest TV network.” God speed, Phil.
But I’ve got another idea: Why can’t the church be the platform?
We’ve talked before about the need for churches to create their own online video. And I think it could be an answer to the dilemma Vischer presents. Churches are a ready-made platform. Some churches have already embraced that role with the movie Facing the Giants.
Imagine walking into churches across the country and finding top-notch entertainment that helped people figure out what it means to live the gospel. Our culture thrives on entertainment, so let’s use the church to create some entertainment that’s more than mere entertainment.
Combine the loosely organized network of churches across the country with creative Christian writers/filmmakers/musicians/etc. and you’ve got a potential answer to Vischer’s #1 problem.
We don’t need more Christian businesses. We don’t need more Christian channels. We don’t need more Christian sub-culture. Let’s use what we’ve got and create something cool and life-changing. Let’s show the world how innovative the church can be.