Thursday, June 23, 2011
Who are We?
Recently, I was challenged to put our mission and vision on one page. Believe me, that’s not easy for me to do. But it was a great exercise. It challenged me to focus my thinking. First of all, I am a missionary without borders reaching a new people group that is currently not being reached. This new people group speaks the language of media, the language of visual image and the language of visual storytelling. They are part of the new church of media and entertainment.
As a result, my ministry can be defined as an advocacy group, a missions organization, a media ministry, and an educational institution. They are all linked together and necessary to complete our mission. We advocate the development of visual storytelling for global outreach. As an advocacy group, we offer resources, information and education for the Church and the Body of Christ on issues of faith, media and culture. I do this by providing classes, workshops, and seminars.
We are a media ministry which provides content through Media Missionary TV and this website mediamissionaryschool.com. We provide online resources that support current and future media missionaries. We think that it’s important to create content that emphasizes stories of media missionaries working on the front lines of the entertainment industry. Our mission is to tell their story and provide resources and information that will inspire the next generation of media and film makers who have embraced a missional approach to their work. How will the Church support such efforts if they don’t know their stories.
We do want to build a physical center where we can train and develop visual storytellers and media missionaries. How I see this working is a three-week program in the summer for high school students and a three-month program for adults. The center will be a place where individuals will come and study in a community setting.
Well, there you have it—my explanation of what I do. We are an advocacy group, a missions organization, a media ministry and an educational institution working in unison for one mission—fulfilling the Great Commission.