YouTube videos, that is. Not convinced? What if I tell you it could increase your ministry opportunities and add income to your bottom line? After repeated requests at women’s events, I made my YouTube video two years ago…and I had no idea what that would mean to my ministry. Here’s how it happened.
I’d been doing my Solomon’s Beloved skit (a funny, literal interpretation of Song of Solomon) in some of my programs for years, and the audiences always loved it. Women would often come up after the program and ask if I had a video of the skit that they could use at their church. Of course, I didn’t. But finally, enough people asked until I realized I was going to have to do something about it.
First I asked my pastor if I could tape a presentation of the skit at our church and invite the community to be part of the audience. He agreed. Then I talked to our children’s minister and a teen friend from church and they agreed to film with two cameras.
Another friend created a flyer, advertising it as an opportunity to be in the audience of a YouTube videotaping. My friends pasted the invitation all over town, and then invited their friends from work, from their neighborhoods, and from their own churches. Churches were calling for directions, telling us that their women were planning to make it a girls’ night out.
Without having any idea what we were doing, we had created a buzz! The whole thing took on a life of its own.
The day finally came, and so did the ladies. And even though it snowed that day, we had close to 100 ladies show up! (And in upstate SC on a snowy night, that’s a miracle!) I did one presentation, we stopped for refreshments, then I did the skit again. We had a book signing and I donated a portion from each book sale to our mission fund…and the ladies had a ball!
I delivered the raw footage to EVM Productions and they created a great video, complete with intro, music, credits, and voice-overs. They also put it on YouTube for me.
Of course, it wouldn’t have happened without great friends, a great church, a great community, and a great video production company.
And God has used that little YouTube video to bless my ministry in amazing ways! Once while I was speaking in Michigan, the event planner told me someone had sent her the link to Solomon’s Beloved before she was even involved in women’s ministry. When she took over as the ministry leader that year, she decided she wanted to “find that woman who did that funny video about Song of Solomon” for her first women’s event. So she did.
But that’s not all. (Yes, I know I sound like an OxyClean salesman!) Besides getting multiple speaking opportunities from Solomon’s Beloved, I had the joy of being part of the entertainment on a Christian cruise after the cruise director saw the video. I’ve gotten book orders from people who say they found my website through the little movie. And now I have DVDs of the skit on my product table, which allows women to have another resource when they’re leading a study about Song of Solomon or marriage or our struggle with beauty.
Now please understand, I’m not saying all this to say, “Look at me!” No! I’m saying it to say, “Look at what God can do…even through a funny video!”
I’m thankful God brought people into my life to push me to do something I never dreamed of doing. I’m certainly not smart enough to think it up on my own! But God used friends and family and a YouTube video to spread the word about my writing and speaking ministry, and it has blessed me–and others–more than I could have ever dreamed.
Could He have a similar plan for you?
P.S. Here’s the link. Feel free to pass it on! :-}
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!…Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. Song of Solomon 4:1
Grace and peace,