These resources are designed to help churches make the most of Media Prayer Day.
Click here to go to our downloadable resources page. That’s where you’ll find the video files, PowerPoint, printables, etc.
Make the most of Media Prayer Day
Service or Sermon Ideas
- In an effort to see ‘the media’ as people, rather than a faceless institution, get interactive with the congregation and brainstorm a list of media roles… then pray for people working in those roles.
- Interview a Christian who works in media.
- How would Jesus respond to the top five news items of this weekend’s newspapers?
- If you worked for a major NZ advertising firm, and you had a million dollar budget, how would you communicate the “Christian message” as an advertising campaign, and what media would you use?
- Which actors/musicians/TV personalities do you think are the top three influencers of teenagers today? What are their messages? How do you respond to that?
- How might the Apostles use media if they were in TV/Radio/Film today? What lessons do they teach us about communicating the gospel, that we could employ today?
- “If it bleeds, it leads” – that’s the mantra of newsrooms. What is it about us that gravitates towards bad news, rather than good news?
- If Jesus had been born today, would the media celebrate him, or crucify him? Why?
- Consider the biblical/spiritual themes contained within popular movies (such as Frozen, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Les Misérables, WALL-E, The Lego Movie, The Jungle Book, Inside Out, The Minions, etc) and talk about the spiritual lessons we can learn from them.
- If Christians controlled the media, would they allow freedom of speech? And what would be other implications?
We have a number of short audio clips from interviews with people in the media. You can use these in Church or a small group environment to kick off conversation or help with prayer topics
Food for thought
- If a TV network arrived at your church this morning to tape your service and broadcast it, would that be a good thing, or a bad thing?
- Jesus was familiar with the popular theatre of his time and employed illustrations from it to convey his message (hypocrites = actors). Should we likewise seek to broaden our understanding of the modern equivalent, the cinema and TV, in order to better reach the people of our culture? If so, how?
- Are the media consumption habits of Christians actually any different from those of non-Christians? Does our Christian worldview influence what we watch and won’t watch? Should it?
Physical ideas / service structure ideas / things you could do differently…
- Everyone gets given today’s newspaper as they walk in the door.
- Consider using video clips from movies or TV as a sermon illustration.
*thanks to various contributors
If you have a further idea you’d like to add to the list, please email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.