My name is Jordan and I am the creator of Good Works Media. I created this blog so that I could write and document my new journey that I am beginning.
I recently read a book called The Blessed Life by Robert Morris and it talks about the reasons why Christians give 10% of their financial offerings to God. I’ve never been a consistent tither myself, and I never understood the true depth or reasoning behind tithing until I read this book. I have to say this is one of those reads that left a pretty big impression on me and really forced me to check some areas of my life I had been neglecting. For me personally, one of the areas in my life where I have been struggling has been with being a giver. Not just just financially, but giving of my time and my talents to help support the church. One of the points Robert Morris makes when it comes to being generous, is that we can’t out-give God. No matter how much we give away, God can give more. And generally, when we trust that we are being led by Holy Spirit to do so, God follows up with more blessings.
Back up a few weeks prior to reading The Blessed Life and I had made a post on Facebook along the lines of asking if there was a church in the area that had some type of project going on that I could film and make a short video about. I only received one reply from that post and it was from a friend in West Virginia. They told me that their church does an Urban Sunday School Ministry where they go out on Saturdays and set up an area with a bouncy house, a popcorn machine, and some snacks which they share with the kids in the inner city and teach them about the Gospel. This sounded like a pretty neat project that I could film, however, West Virginia was three hours away from me and between work and life that project sort of sidelined for a minute.
One of the verses that Robert Morris references in his book is Malachi 3:10 which says
“Bring the full ten percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test me in this way’ says the Lord of Hosts. ‘See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.”
Morris points out that this is the only verse in the Bible where God asks/tells us to test him. Literally God is challenging us to test him in the area of giving. Give your first ten percent to him and see if he does not open the floodgates of heaven. It’s important to note that Morris is not a “get rich quick” scheming tither. Morris strongly holds that this is a Spiritual principle that God has displayed throughout the Bible, as well as in his own life and other’s. Being a giver is not just about giving your money. It’s about having the heart of a giver, and wanting to be a giver because you want to honor God through your giving. Testing God on the principle and seeing the floodgates open is merely the by-product of having a giving heart. Most importantly though, Morris points out that we can not out-give God. Time and time again no matter what we give, we can not give more than God. That last principle is probably what struck a chord in my heart the most.
Although I haven’t been to a church that I would call home in a long time. I firmly believe that God has placed protection over my life and has opened up opportunities for me that otherwise would not have been. Through every mistake I’ve made and every intentionally bad decision I have made, God has been watching for me and waiting for me to turn back to him. Much like the prodigal son, I’ve gone out and experienced the world and am making my Journey back home. I’ve come to realize that the world hasn’t offered me the satisfaction I’m looking for. I don’t fit in, and no matter how hard I try, I never will. The Christian community is where I belong, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is the lack of giving that has been going on in my life. I’ve been closed handed with my time and my resources, and I have not sacrificially given my time or my first ten percent to God and the church. Fortunately that’s all about to change….
After finishing The Blessed Life I decided that I wanted to make a change. I wanted to live a life that continually moved in and through God’s blessings. Not only do I want to be blessed, but I want to bless others. For me that meant two things. First that meant making a commitment that for every dollar that came my way, I would automatically set aside the first ten percent and put it in the offering. I have been listening to a Church’s podcast and I felt like that was a good place to start tithing. So I did. Secondly, I wanted to do more than just give 10 percent. I am fortunate enough that I live with my parents and don’t have as many bills or expenses as other post college graduates, so this means that I have a little more leniency with my time. I work as a freelance artist basically, and a lot of times I have a few days of work, and then a few days off. I decided that my second move was to start donating some of my time to the church. Which led me to begin creating what I call Good Works Media.
My skill set lies in the world of creating stories. I work in the theater as well as film and television. I’ve been on a couple of sets as an actor, and I’ve worked a few shows as a crew technician, and even a cameraman. My interest is in capturing stories and sharing it with others. How does this translate into serving the church and God? Good question. While I’m still figuring out the finer details, I wholeheartedly believe God has placed the tools in my hand to be able to create a media ministry that can help support smaller churches who don’t have the access or the know-how to utilize some modern day tools and technology.
My first step was to finally follow up with my friend’s church in Parkersburg West Virginia. The one that had replied to my post about needing some assistance in the ‘media department”. I made a few phone calls, finalized some details, and packed up my bags for WV for a few days. While down there I shot about 100GB of footage, which I am now putting together and making a video to help raise awareness and funding for their Urban Ministry Program. I’m looking forward to being able to share that footage on here in the very near future. While I was down there I was also able to put together a short video clip that captured some of the moments of their Vacation Bible School for children, many of whom were reached out to through the Urban Ministry Program. It was a very eventful and exciting weekend and I don’t think I could have had a more wonderful time. Not only did I put together a short VBS video, I got plenty of footage for my short story, and I even spent some time with the pastor at the shooting range. I felt like the weekend overall was a great success and a wonderful way to kickstart my new project.
Part of my vision for using multimedia can be seen in the following example: I helped shoot and create a video for a church of about 70 members. On Sunday afternoon after the members had seen the video in church, I uploaded it to a social media platform. Over the past three days, the number of views has gone from 50, to 720 views. While that might not seem like much, the potential for a small church to be able to reach a broader community with their video to me is huge. This was just a VBS video that was created to show the families at church what the kids did at VBS. But it has opened doors for many other people in the community to see what this church’s VBS is about, what it’s like, and possibly if they would like to send their kid to VBS next year. In my opinion the potential outcome of creating shareable media such as the VBS video, really help to capture some of what God can do in people lives. Not only do we see it on the screen, but we get to see the numbers of people able to view it. For every member of the church that has a Facebook page, if they shared one video that captured some of the ministry work they do at their church, they’ve now opened up the opportunity for every person on their friends list to see what their church does. And if it’s a good video, it might get shared again. and again. and again. The goal is to make quality media that has a message, and shares a story of a small church. And to do all this for the church with no cost to them. Something that they otherwise might not ever be abel to afford. The end result is “God Gone Viral”.
Just like we have millions of likes and views on short stories on Facebook, I also believe this can be accomplished through Good Works Media and used to help shed light on some of the smaller churches who are out there delivering the Gospel message. The end result could be just a couple of like and views on Facebook, or it could get on the screen of someone out there who might be able to make a difference.
The possibilities are endless. I hope you don’t mind the long first blog, but now you know a little bit more about the ministry I am hopeful to create, and you can check back in the future for some more short posts about my trips out to help create a story for smaller churches.
Good Works Media