What churches do a good job of communicating vision and/or the gospel through story?

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. I ain’t skeerd. I’ll nominate healing place church (dino rizzo) as maybe one of the best story-tellers ever. also stovall weems (celebration church in jascksonville florida) and rick bezet at new life church in arkansas. amazingly gifted story-tellers too.

  2. Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas ( media department does INCREDIBLE work on videos and telling stories from their own people. The church is rather large, but yet it feels like you get to know the people on a closer basis because of the videos. It helps drive messages home, helps people relate, etc.
    Also, their pastors are very gifted storytellers too; same thing. It helps to feel connected to the body of believers.
    I was definitely blessed to be a part of Fellowship for 3 of the 4 years I was in NWA.

  3. Hillsong Church! Their annual Vision video is one thing I look forward to every year. They combine so many incredible elements and use other people’s stories to tell their own.


  4. Agreed with Tim on this one. I’ve always been impressed with how Hillsong paints vision for their church. Here’s one for Hillsong NYC:

  5. I like what Jeremy Rogers is doing at AustinStone with their ‘100 people’ series:

  6. Mosaic and Mars Hill (the one in MI) both do a great job of communicating the gospel. At Elevation we’re spending this weekend casting vision and utilizing some creative elements. Let you know how that goes!

  7. keep these comments coming. angela bach on twitter suggested @westoverhills.

  8. Not sure. But I need a job at one or at least one than wants to in about 2 years 9 months when I graduate with my M.Div… 😉

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  9. Okay, I’ll throw one in there that Gateway (in Austin, TX) did about one of our leaders:

    The video ends in the middle of the story, so when the lights came back up our pastor was on stage with the young man the video is about, and simply asked him, “and then what happened…” Which launched into how he was met by God. I know it’s tooting my own horn, but I really get moved by this one.