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Witnessing Through Media

2013 Witnessing Through Media Winners photo

Conference provides instruction, recognition

By William H. Perkins Jr.


More than 133 audio-visual and media specialists from Mississippi Baptist churches across the state attended the recent Witnessing Through Media Conference at First Church, Ridgeland, according to the lead planner of the event at the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB).

Ian Richardson, MBCB director of communication services, said the 2013 conference included, for the first time, an emphasis on so-called New Media such as Internet web site design and social media.

The 2013 conference marked the second year for instructional sessions on how to get a media ministry started in a local church, after a successful pilot run in 2012, Richardson said.

Instructional sessions were also conducted in camera operation, production and post-production techniques, graphic design, projection systems, software, lighting, and sound. Vendors were on hand to showcase updated equipment and delivery methods, Richardson added.

“The equipment and delivery methods in this area of ministry are changing so rapidly that conferences like this are crucial to our ability to keep abreast of changing technologies,” Richardson said. “Our goal at the conference each year is to equip audio-visual and media specialists from our Mississippi Baptist churches – whether church staff professionals or volunteers – to get their churches’ messages into the communities they serve in the most effective possible ways.”

The work of those local church specialists is highlighted at the conference’s Awards Banquet, which was keynoted this year by Brad McMullan, president and chief executive officer of Buy From a Christian, a web-based merchandising company headquartered in the Jackson area. Award winners this year included:

Front row, from left

Middle row, from left

Back row

Winners not pictured include Clarke Venable Church of Decatur, for Division One Best First Time Entry and Division One Best Promotional Video; Brandon Church of Brandon, for Division Two Best First Time Entry; Crossgates Church of Brandon, for Division Two Best Feature Presentation; Hillcrest Church of New Albany, for Division Two Best Promotional Video.

In addition to Cedar View Church, Certificates of Recognition were presented to Blaine Church, Brandon; First Church, Summit; First Church, Jackson; and First Church, Starkville.

“The Witnessing Through Media Conference each year is a great place to network with other specialists, get fresh ideas from a variety of people, and get to know other folks who are doing the same things you’re doing in your church. The major difference between this conference and other big shows is that Witnessing Through Media is focused on Christian ministry and our mutual commitment to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).”

For more information on the Witnessing Through Media program, contact Richardson at (601) 292-3378 or toll-free outside Jackson (800) 748-1651, ext. 378. E-mail: Web site:

The MBCB Communication Services Department is also available for free training and consulting services to member churches of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. For more information on those services, contact Richardson.

The Witnessing Through Media program is supported by gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program.

2013 WTM Awards Video

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