28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #26
By Jon Nicol
Connecting to the Message, Part 2
A few segues ago, we talked about the ins and outs, literally, of using videos. In that case, the clip was the service element we were transitioning to and from. But now we're using a video to get us to the next thing: the message.
Since the decisions for this segue are up to the preaching/teaching pastor, I'm going to direct my comments directly to him. The rest of you can listen in. (And you may want to remind him of a few things as you're planning next week's service. Just a suggestion...) There are a few different kinds of videos you could use to transition:
The Movie Clip. Hopefully you're showing this because it illustrates a main point or application of your message. Remember, only youth pastors have the luxury of showing movie clips that are completely unrelated to their talks. (But at least you get the chance to show movie clips. The only videos worship pastors get to use are swirly motion backgrounds behind the song lyrics.)
For this to be a true segue to the message, you'll need to run it between your message and the preceding element. You might need to set it up, but sometimes it's better if you don't. Keep us guessing while we watch it. It's creates a little positive tension and anticipation.
The Sermon Illustration Video. You usually have two choices on these kind of videos. The first is a light-hearted, humorous sketch that gets a point across with some laughs. The second, some sort of emotion-tugging vignette that evokes either guilt or tears (or both) and usually has Casting Crowns playing in the background. Go with the laughs. None of us are ready for "Every Man" right out of the chute.
The "Man on the Street" Interview. Just make sure the question being asked actually applies to your message. Even though you like watching Kirk Cameron going all "Ten Commandments" on some pagan, that really won't segue us to a message on tithing. Unless you promise to never to show Kirk Cameron videos again. Then we'll put more in the offering.
Testimony/Faith Story Video. This could range from some personal stories in your church, stories from the mission fields you support, or even faith stories are resonating around the country/world. That latter you can find on SermonSpice.com, etc.
Scripture Video - This might be something produced by one of the worship video production companies, or you can go homemade. Record the scripture read by a good reader. Add some background music and text for visuals. The video part could easily be accomplished by your projection software. And if you don't have a reader, use a clip from an audio Bible - just not that version that sounds like Vincent Price read it. There are several audio Bibles out there now that have been read by celebrities. So you could actually have Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Paisley's wife or Bo Duke reading your passage for next Sunday.
As with any videos, apply the same good practice of fading in/out and setting up the clip (if needed). Go here and here if you don't remember.
August 5, 2011Tweet