BIG IDEA Short Film: Impossible Is Nothing – "How To Move Mountains"

Impossible_is_nothing_1We have been getting a phenomenal response from our current series Impossible Is Nothing.  We have been getting more e-mails and requests for people to pray with them than I can remember in a long time!  Check out this short film where Tim Sutherland talks about “How To Move Mountains”.  This is a tough subject to explain why God does and does not move mountains…but Tim does a great job!

Every week at three of our Community Christian Church locations we use a “short film” as the teaching for that celebration service. This is not the same as the videocast, which is the video of the Saturday night teaching another video teaching product that we use at several locations.  The “short film” is a 20-25 minute teaching on the BIG IDEA by one of our Teaching Pastors that is on location.


BIG IDEA Short Film: Impossible Is Nothing – "Mountain Moving Prayers"

Impossible_is_nothingEvery week at three of our Community Christian Church locations we use a “short film” as the teaching for that celebration service. This is not the same as the videocast, which is the video of the Saturday night teaching another video teaching product that we use at several locations.  The “short film” is a 20-25 minute teaching on the BIG IDEA by one of our Teaching Pastors that is on location.  For example, in this “short film” I’m teaching from LifeTime Fitness while on the climbing wall.  (insert joke here!!)  In this “short film” we start a brand new series from Matthew 17:20 titled Impossible Is Nothing.  If you want to check it out, the first in our series is “Mountain Moving Prayers” .  I talk about all the reasons we don’t pray mountain moving prayers and then end with a challenge to try it for the rest of this month.


BIG IDEA Short Film – Life Interrupted: Us

Life_interrupted_3The BIG IDEA Short Film:  Life Interrupted – Us is now online and ready for your viewing.  I’m a little late in getting this to you – but this short film is getting the best reviews of any that we have done in the last few weeks.  This short film has Tim Sutherland teaching and was taped at a synagogue in Chicago. I still haven’t watched the whole thing but I’m told that Tim has some funny moments inside the synagogue.  Take 20 minutes, check it out.


BIG IDEA Short Film: Life Interrupted – Joseph

Life_interrupted_1The new  BIG IDEA Short Film:  Life Interrupted – Joseph is now online and ready for your viewing!  Every week we take the content of the BIG IDEA teaching and film it in a setting that will reinforce the BIG IDEA.  Then we do post-production by adding music for underscoring, graphics and transitions.  If you have ever listened to our podcast, you are actually listening to the audio of the “short film”.  This week, Jon Ferguson is doing the teaching and he is at the mall.  There is one scene that cracks me up!  If you watch it, I think you will know which scene I’m talking about.

I’m convinced that more and more churches will be using a “short film”.  It does take more work, but we have already seen it effectively used in celebration services and small groups. We are currently talking to some church planters about using the “short film” to provide teaching for these new churches! I think that has huge possibilities.

The “short film” (are those quotations getting annoying?) is not the same as our videocast.  The videocast is when we video the Saturday night teaching and then show it for teaching on Sundays at a CCC location.  We are currently using the videocast in 5 celebration services at 3 CCC locations successfully.  We are also piloting (since September) the “short film” in 3 celebration services at 3 CCC locations.  So far, so good!

Do you know any other churches that are producing a “short film” (not videocast – I have lots of examples of that!) on a weekly or regular basis?  If you haven’t seen it yet – check it out and let me know what you think!


Narnia Eve

Narnia_1Tomorrow is the debut of the “Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” in theatres everywhere.  We are paying for all Community Christian Church leaders and their families to go see it on the 17th as a “thank you” for all thier hard work.  But I’m pulling my two boys (Josh-12, Caleb-8) out of school at lunchtime tomorrow and heading over to AMC Cantera 30 for the 12:30 show so that we can watch it the day it comes out.  They are both so excited about the movie that they agreed to pay their own way (since we already had a freebie coming on 12/17). The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is the only book (other than the Bible) that I have read to all three of my kids.  I’m pretty pumped too.  I’ll give you my review tomorrow and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it also.