3 Ways to Use Bible Studies For Life Promotional Videos


Every unit of Bible Studies for Life has a promotional video that goes along with it. Maybe you’ve seen them: The iPhone getting squeezed in the vise for “Pressure Points.” Stuff crashing into other stuff for “When Relationships Collide.” They are well-produced, thought-provoking, and memorable. Our goal in putting these videos together was to help churches who may not have huge video budgets or media teams promote what small groups will be studying. What better way to help connect the guy who may only be coming to your church’s worship service than to show a short “commercial” for what small groups all over the church will be studying?

But there are some other ways to use these videos that you may not have thought about. Here are a couple:

  1. Email them to people in your small group. On the Bible Studies For Life YouTube channel, you can select the “share” option in the upper-right hand corner of the video screen. This will give you the link to the video. Paste that link into an email, and you now have an eye-catching promotional tool for your next small group study. So even if everyone in your church isn’t studying the same material, or your church doesn’t have a video projector, or your worship style isn’t really geared toward showing videos on Sunday morning, you can still get the word out to your small group members (or potential members).
  2. Embed them on your church’s website. Underneath the video itself on YouTube, click “embed.” This will open up a window of HTML code that looks like this:

embed

Copy and paste the HTML code for use on your church’s website. You can also download the videos from the Media page of the Bible Studies For Life Blog, then upload them to your church’s server. Remember that your church’s website is the welcome mat for your church. First time guests have already studied your website to get a feel for what your church is like. These promotional videos are a great way to let folks know what small groups are studying, as well as preview what the worship series is about, if your pastor chooses to use the free sermon outlines we provide.

3. Access them from the Bible Studies for Life App. Yes, there is an app for this! Our app, available right now in the iTunes App store (and very soon for Android… stay tuned!) has the promotional videos built in. Tap on “intro video” from the Menu screen, and… voila! This way, you can show co-workers or neighbors a preview of what your small group or church is studying, with or without an Internet connection!

App Menu

 App video

As you can see, there are lots of possibilities for making the most of these short clips. And these are just a few of the videos we offer on the Bible Studies for Life YouTube channel. We are committed to doing everything we can to make these studies the most relevant, easy-to-use, and easy-to-promote curriculum your church has ever experienced!

Comments

  1. Chad Stebelton says:

    I post the current mid week Bible studies and summary of the each study daily on our church young adults group facebook page. Cannot believe I hadn’t thought of posting the promo videos there. Thanks for the idea of e-mailing.

    • James Jackson says:

      Happy to share the idea, Chad! It wasn’t original with us. We heard about a small group leader that was doing this, and just wanted to pass the idea along!

  2. How am I supposed to get the videos?

    • James Jackson says:

      Hi Brad! You can click on the link in the blog to the Bible Studies for Life You Tube channel, or click here. You can also go to the “Media” tab on the blog, and download them from there. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Justin Smith says:

    Hi James! I’m really excited about the redesigned Bible Studies for Life rolling out this week and this video has been a conversation started at our church to get people excited about Sunday School! In looking through the blog at the Leaders’ Extra session, though, I was wondering if there is a way that the website could sort “By Session” as well as by topic and age group. That would make it easier to see which modifications refer to this week. Is that possible? Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • James Jackson says:

      Thanks, Justin! It is definitely an idea worth considering. We want this blog to be as useful for small group leaders and Sunday school teachers as possible. And we won’t stop looking for ways to make it better.

      • Jordan Ligon says:

        I agree with sorting them by session. Lots of material scattered on the blog, so making everything as organized when preparing for each session would be helpful.

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