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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

Events (Archive)

Using Video to Reach Out

Seattle Presbytery

By Aaron Willett, SeaPres Communications

At the March Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, our hosts at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church collected an offering over dinner. Together, the presbytery raised $1,678 to support their ministries of care and compassion to the homeless. Pastor Brent Anderson said of the offering, “We were amazed at the generosity of the members and delegates of presbytery.  Steel Lake Presbyterian Church very thankful for the support of our sister congregations.”

The church screened a short video at the meeting to tell the story of Reach Out, a homeless men’s shelter hosted by Steel Lake (and others) and coordinated by Catholic Community Services. On the night of the meeting, the shelter was operating on the other side of their facilities.

To view the video, click on the image above and then click on the “mission” tab.
I asked Brent about the impact of the video on the congregation. “There has been a huge benefit for our congregation in having this video produced.  Many members had heard about the Reach Out program and had seen the homeless men around the building.  But unless you actively participated, it was hard to imagine what was actually taking place. This video, more than a newsletter article description, was able to help people see the need, the benefit, the structure, and the vision for this ministry in which our congregation participates and plays a vital role.”   

In this instance, the video was produced as a donation to the ministry. Brent said, “We didn't make the video but participated in it as one of the host churches. It was a matter of perfect timing for the presbytery meeting.  It was completed just two days before the meeting and is actually still being edited to fit different venues.  The hope of Reach Out is to be able to use this video for fundraising as well as garnering support for a women's shelter here in Federal Way.” All of the churches that participate in Reach Out are able to leverage this content as they try to raise awareness and support.

How is your congregation leveraging the storytelling and mission-enabling power of video? Email to share.