Exclusive Interview with Motion Worship
I recently had the opportunity to interview Josiah Smith of Motion Worship about the use of videos and stills in church services, and more!
Wisdom: Hi Josiah, thanks for taking the time to share with us today. You are the founder and owner of Motion Worship. What is Motion Worship and how did it get started?
Josiah: Hi Wisdom, thanks for having me! Motion Worship is an online subscription service where churches can download a huge selection of motion backgrounds, still images, countdowns, and mini-movies. I started the website in 2006 because, as a worship leader myself, I was having difficulty finding enough media for our weekly services. It started very small, but grew steadily to the point where I now serve over 4,500 churches in 50 different countries. It’s been a tremendous blessing.
Wisdom: There are many sites that provide graphics and videos for churches. What sets you apart?
Josiah: There are a few things that make Motion Worship unique. First off, it’s a small, family owned business. I’m the owner and sole producer, which means my subscribers have a direct line of communication and feedback to me, and I do take requests. I also try to never compromise on quality. In my work I’m always trying to push the limits to get the best production value, especially where mini-movies are concerned. Last, I have a huge passion for native missions. Part of the money that comes in via the website goes to support church plants in Africa in unreached villages.
Wisdom: The way your site works is a church pays $50 per year for membership and gets unlimited access to all the videos and stills you have on the site. You have over 600 videos from countdowns to motions to holiday themes to mini-movies. That is a ton for just $50! So, what's the catch?
Josiah: Ha, yeah it does seem a little too good to be true, I suppose! There’s no catch, though – part of my mission statement is to serve churches of all sizes and in all nations. I understand how tight budgets are, especially in this economy, and I feel that all churches should have access to great media, not just the mega-churches.
Wisdom: For churches who have never purchased videos online before, could you share how they would go about doing that? Is it fairly easy to download and incorporate in a service?
Josiah: Yes, fortunately we have some great tools today that make using this media very easy. First, you’ll want to invest in a good worship presentation software such as Pro Presenter, Media Shout, or EasyWorship. These programs allow you to seamlessly loop videos behind the lyrics of a song, as well as a host of other amazing features such as a song database, custom slides, and more. Sermon mini-movies, countdowns, and powerpoint presentations can all be run from one of these awesome programs, eliminating the need to switch between programs or to a DVD player. Downloading the videos from Motion Worship is fast and simple – you just select your format (wmv for Windows, mp4 for Mac users, HD or SD) then you can quickly queue up a list of downloads using the links on the site.
Wisdom: Some of our readers may be serving at a more traditional church that does not currently incorporate much media during their service. Why should a church consider using media in their service?
Josiah: Great question. First, let me be clear – the gospel doesn’t need any help. It’s a powerful, life-changing message that has and will endure forever. That said, the Church has always used art and music in worship – in fact they’ve pretty much been inseparable since the days of the tabernacle. As I see it, the modern day video screen is simply an extension of visual art such as sculpture and painting. It is a useful tool in the worship of our creator, not to mention a fantastic way to tell a story. Just as Jesus used parables, we can use video sermon illustrations to make a powerful impact in just a few minutes. I provide a wide variety of visual options on my website which help to make it multi-generational.
Wisdom: It is very obvious when someone reads the About page on your site that you guys have a passion for missions. How specifically are you involved in missions?
Josiah: Through Hope Builders Ministries (hbmin.org), we fully sponsor a couple of native African pastors who are working in Tienii, Liberia. It is a gospel focused organization that is centered primarily on bringing people to Christ and teaching them to send others and sustain churches. The church in Tienii serves as a hub for training native pastors and sending them to local unreached villages. These villages have never had a church, but the people are hungry for the gospel and the results are staggering. We are hoping to plant upwards of 40 churches in that area over the next 5 years using this proven hub model. It’s an awesome ministry!
Wisdom: Anything else you would like to share with our readers today as we close out the interview?
Josiah: Just that I’d love the chance to partner with you in ministry to enhance worship and expand the kingdom of God. And an encouragement to stay true to the Word and keep up the good work – I pray blessings on all of you this Christmas season – thanks for this opportunity!
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