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Can a video lead a child to Christ?

Salvation Video

Check out this video produced by the Content Development team at LifeChurch.tv.     It specifically walks a child through a simple, straight-forward presentation of the gospel.  A great tool for any kids ministry and parent that desires to solidify this truth in their kids.

Let’s state the obvious facts first.   There isn’t really anything out there like this for kids.   It’s animated, clean, straight-forward, and kid-friendly.   This is unique, and anyone that works with kids in a church environment will immediately think so.   Gina McClain, of the previously mentioned lifechurch.tv, asked if my readers would share some opinions on what you see or don’t see in this video.

Here’s some food for thought:

Is the video effective at meeting its intended purpose? When compared to sharing Christ in a one-on-one relationship, where does this measure up?   If sharing Christ face to face is a 10 on a scale of 1-10; then where does this video rank on that same scale?   Is it a 5?   Is it a 9 or 10?

What ages would it be most effective with?   1st & 2nd graders or 4th & 5th graders?

Anyone done missions work with kids?   Would something like this be more effective in another country (of course in their own spoken language) than it might be in the states?

On a purely theological level, is this video correct?   Is it misleading?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

6 Comments

  1. Clay · September 18, 2009

    Is the video effective at meeting its intended purpose?
    Yes.

    If sharing Christ face to face is a 10 on a scale of 1-10; then where does this video rank on that same scale? Is it a 5? Is it a 9 or 10?
    I’m not sure. It’s an excellent video, but really it’s very hard to generalize salvation. Many different methods, metaphors, and people have different effects on children. Some children will respond better to this video, others will not respond at all. It’s all very dependent on the child.

    What ages would it be most effective with? 1st & 2nd graders or 4th & 5th graders?
    Definitely not above 3rd grade. I would equate this to something produced on Nick Jr., or Playhouse Disney. Preteens are a little old for this specific video, but it’s perfect for that 1-3 grade age group!

    Anyone done missions work with kids? Would something like this be more effective in another country (of course in their own spoken language) than it might be in the states?
    Perhaps, but probably not in developing nations. In countries that are more Westernized, it’s worth a shot!

    On a purely theological level, is this video correct? Is it misleading?
    Nope, it’s good.
    .-= Clay ´s last blog ..Mindset: Leading Leaders =-.

  2. Josh · September 18, 2009

    1. Is the video effective at meeting its intended purpose?
    If the purpose was to tell kids the salvation story then it was right on. Very clear I thought.

    2. When compared to sharing Christ in a one-on-one relationship, where does this measure up?
    Nothing can beat a face to face Jesus conversation, but this is a very creative way to do it as well. You have all the object lessons you want, but not a lot of media resources when it comes presenting Jesus. We need more of them.

    3. If sharing Christ face to face is a 10 on a scale of 1-10; then where does this video rank on that same scale?
    With media being so big today in kid s culture I will give it a 7.

    4. What ages would it be most effective with? 1st & 2nd graders or 4th & 5th graders?
    It looks like this media piece would better fit 1 and 2 graders. Not sure if it would connect as well with the older students. (4-5 grade)

    5. Is this video correct? Is it misleading?
    Not at all. It’s right on. I thought it was great. Nothing misleading about it.

    We use media like this all the time in our ministry.
    The only thing I might change is the salvation prayer at the end. I thought it was a little long. I love the simplicity of the video.
    .-= Josh ´s last blog ..Do You Know What You Have Done? =-.

  3. Kendra Golden · September 18, 2009

    Thanks so much for posting this Jonathan! And thanks for the feedback Josh and Clay. Don’t hold back though. I really want this to be the best tool we can make it (and of course it took a whole team to put this together, not just me).

    I would like suggestions from your readers about what kind of video presentation would be more engaging for 3-5 graders. Different script? Different animation style? Live action? Better music? I’d really like to get a version together for that age group or even a little older.

    The stylistic animation choices were made to make the video easy to translate (no mouth animation to match) and to be ethnically non-specific. But sometimes that wider focus can compromise effectiveness. Thoughts?
    .-= Kendra Golden ´s last blog ..Isaiah 40 =-.

  4. cody · September 24, 2009

    I just watched the video on your blog and have some insight, take it or leave it by I am going to give it.

    I think the video is around a 7/8. I think this video with a good follow up strategy by small groups would be the most effective.

    I think this video would be awesome for missions. Especially translated into the specific language. Most kids would gravitate and really hone in on this type of message rather than some American getting on a mic.

    The theology was good but did not cover everything. I think the resurrection is key and foundational in the story and theology of Jesus. Peter died on a cross but it was because Jesus rose again that sin was conquered. In other words His blood covers and His resurrection overcomes. I don t know how you would incorporate that into the video and do not have any ideas at this time.

    I really liked the ABC process it simplified and word usage like leader and friend are good.

    I think if this is used as a tool and not as a means to an end it will be great. Person to Person follow up is needed.

    Just my little thoughts.