Video Announcements: 6 Ways Churches Can Make It Work

Video Announcements: 6 Ways Churches Can Make It Work

September 10, 2018 by

Church video announcements have become the latest rage in the past few years. It’s something your church might consider doing, and video production doesn’t have to be as involved or as expensive as you think. The real trick to video is coming up with an approach that works for your context.

We wanted to look at a bunch of examples of church video announcements. The goal isn’t just inspiration (or to make you feel bad that your announcements aren’t as good), it’s to look at some specific lessons we can learn. So we focused on six different areas for video announcements:

1. On-Screen Talent

One of the challenges of doing video announcements is having the on-screen talent. Not everybody is good at video, and you might find yourself struggling to find volunteers.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do video announcements at your church.

Rancho Kids Church Announcements

This could go down in history as the cutest announcement video EVER! Thanks Rancho Kids Zone for a great Sunday and don't forget to listen closely for important announcements!

Posted by Rancho Community Church on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

2. Create Structure

One way to make your video announcements easier to create every week is to build some structure into your format. Shadyrest Bible Church in Chesterfield, N.J., went this route with their Top Five approach that highlights five different things each week.

Creating structure and adding limitations can be a good way to unleash your creativity, but be careful about boxing yourself in. For example, requiring five announcements each week might mean you’re forced to pad out your announcements for slow weeks.

3. Generic Announcements

Video can be an ideal way to give generic announcements about your church—options for kids, where new guests can get info, how to take next steps, etc. This is the regular stuff that doesn’t change each week, and some churches, such as City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., run a video like this as a pre-service intro (note that they used a voice-over with lots of great b-roll video, so their approach didn’t require on-screen talent).

Church on the Move in Tulsa, Okla., used a pre-service intro to set some expectations and share some announcements about their ministries (notice how they used a timer to let you know how soon the service would officially start).

4. On Brand

One of the benefits of video is it can be a simple way to reinforce your brand. What is your church all about? What makes it unique? Rather than repeating a jargon-filled vision statement, video announcements can be an opportunity to reinforce who you are as a church. It could be a simple statement that’s repeated as an intro, “Welcome to Shadyrest Bible Church, where our mission is to connect people to Jesus and love one another.”

Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, manages to do it with simply with a graphic intro that repeats their values of worship, connect, and serve.

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This week's video announcements:

Posted by Mobberly Baptist Church on Sunday, August 19, 2018

5. Have Fun

Whatever you do with your announcements, have fun. If you have fun making them, that energy will come through and you’ll likely have a fun product.

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Posted by Covenant Love Church on Thursday, February 1, 2018

6. Testimonies

The age-old congregational testimony may seem like something from a bygone era, but it’s really at the heart of our faith: sharing the story of what God has done in our lives. Working testimonies into the announcements can be a perfect way to focus on inspiration over information.

More:

We’re talking announcements over at our Courageous Storytellers membership site. We’ve got super-practical resources to help you figure out what to say and how to say it, including some specific help with video announcements.

Plus you get access to our ever-expanding library of resources. Join now!

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Kevin D. Hendricks


When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998 and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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