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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
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
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: email@example.com. Web site: mbcb.org.
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.
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