Yesterday the Acts 8 Movement provided a video for the Episcopal Church to use to share the gospel during this Christmas season.
You could just share it straight from YouTube. Or you could personalize it to include your church’s worship times and turn it into an ad on Facebook.
Since our church has a Facebook page, and since I have a Mac with iMovie on it (it’s standard with all Mac computers), I decided to edit the video to include our service times, and create an ad campaign on Facebook promoting the video from our church page.
I thought a few other folks might be interested in how to do these things, so I made some screen recordings along the way.
Here’s a screen recording showing how I edited the video to add the service times. Note: this takes less than 7 minutes. Also note: this is mostly useful for Mac users, because it demonstrates how to do this in iMovie.
Then, I uploaded the custom video to Facebook, wrote a post and boosted the post. I paid $20 to create an ad campaign that Facebook tells me will reach a thousand people per day between December 21 and December 24. I can afford $20 for that! Here’s a screen recording:
If I can do this so can you. I have no special knowledge and everything I know about iMovie and Facebook I learned by the seat of my pants. My total training consists of typing my questions into Google. Usually the first search result has the answer to any question I have.
Does video editing seem overwhelming? You can still invite a thousand people to church for $20! Just share the video that Acts 8 posted on YouTube. Include your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times in your Facebook post. Boost the post (as above) and there you are. You can do this! Does your church not yet have a Facebook page? Well, it’s a perfect time to start one.
Am I nervous to invite a few thousand people to church on Christmas? Not especially. Most of the people that will see this Facebook post aren’t seeking a church – but some of them are. What if more people come than we are prepared for? We’ll figure it out. I think it would be kind of fabulous to have lots of people engaged in the worship of God on Christmas, don’t you?
Are there people near your church longing to discover the love of God and a caring community?
Yes there are. And they may not even know you exist with a word of hope for their lives.
Invite them to discover God’s love with you this Christmas.
Got questions? I’ll try to answer. But remember, I’m not actually a tech geek.