Anthem Ventura is part a family of churches helping people find their way back to God. The Anthem family of churches is united around shared mission, vision, values, and submission to the Lordship of King Jesus. In our cities, we are working to obey Jesus in helping people find their way back to God.
On Easter our church will not be able to gather in-person as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection.
But how can we do this when we are not allowed to meet?
We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.
We help prepare you to share your testimony, then, on the week leading up to Easter, we all post our sixty-second videos on social media with the hashtag #JesusChangedMyLife. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — from churches all across Ventura talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their live!
Think about the implications.
Rather than each of us inviting one person to an Easter service, we could each proclaim the gospel to hundreds of non-Christian friends and co-workers. It could be the most evangelistic day in the history of Ventura. And the best part is that every one of us are the ones proclaiming the gospel. Furthermore, this will be a beautiful display of the unity of the church in Ventura; it’s not one church’s “thing.”
Rather, it puts all the emphasis on Jesus.
What's Your Story?
We’ve all heard the gospel called good news. But another way to translate that term is “the good story.”
Every one of us has a unique story to tell. One no one else can tell. Yet the hero in all those stories is the same — Jesus!
Click below for a story-sharing guide created to help you think about the shape of your personal story and how Jesus changed it.
Post April 6–12
Create a one-minute video of yourself sharing your testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Post your story any time April 6-12 with the tag #JesusChangedMyLife @AnthemVentura, so that when your friends or family click on the hashtag, they will see hundreds of other Christians throughout Ventura who have shared their unique stories, with an invitation to the Easter Sunday gathering on the @AnthemVentura pages.
TLDR? Here's the basics:
What: 60-second video-selfie on social media
When: Post it anytime between April 6th-11th
How: #JesusChangedMyLife @AnthemVentura
Why: So your friends and family can hear of his grace in your life and be invited to watch our easter sermon where they will hear the gospel!
Watch Nathan and Charity’s one-minute testimonies below to get a sense of what it could be like to tell your own story.
Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – There are plenty of beautiful places to capture your selfie testimony, but try to avoid distracting backgrounds or crowded spaces. Simple and clean backdrops are ideal.
In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
Clean your camera – Most of us touch our phones 2,617 times a day. Make sure to clean your camera lens to get the best quality image possible.
Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.
Sound – Try to avoid filming near noisy or loud areas like highways, restaurants, NASA launch stations, or WWE wrestling matches. We want to hear you loud and clear. Lastly, try to avoid covering the mic on your phone with your hands, and speak clearly and toward your phone.