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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Youth Ministry: YouTube and MySpace

Below is our first ccecyouth tv news. We played it last Friday night. It's posted on our youth group news page. Click here if you can't see it. Here is our YouTube channel. The plan is to do this type of thing a bit more often.

What do you think???

I've written a bunch of things about MySpace and youth ministry in the past (see here). This morning I had a read of the profiles of our youth groupers. Sometimes they write some stupid stuff... but some of them write some super-encouraging stuff... here's one of them:
"Have also been going to an awesome youth group since year 7, CCECyouth. I've been so thankful for my time in both FFF and FOCUS, for the incredible Phat camps and for my bible study group. God's used these three things so much in my life (and many others') and it is literally such a Godsend to have grown up in such an amazing, God driven, Christ centred, Spirit led and bible based youth group. Not saying I haven't struggled at times, but Christ doesn't say everything will be easy once you become a Christian, in fact he says the opposite."

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  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    Monday, October 30, 2006 9:29:00 am  

    I thought it was Dynamite.. I really enjoyed it - it was fun :) Yeah to more of these I say and youtube rocks.... I think using you tube is a great idea. Look forward to seeing more vodcasts ;) top

  • Anonymous CJ says so:
    Monday, October 30, 2006 5:20:00 pm  

    Hey dave,

    Good to see people getting involved in video stuff for the gospel. Just wondering what you guys do for music as backing for your videos (in regards to copyright stuff)? top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Monday, October 30, 2006 11:27:00 pm  

    hey cj.

    good question on copyright. i've been careful in not doing the dodgy.

    so what i've done is asked for permission off people in know - including Christian Contemporary Music + just Christians I know who are in bands.

    people are quite happy when i ask. i tell them it's not for profit and that i will use it for either videos or the podcast and that we will credit it.

    if anything it's pretty good advertising for small bands cos we have a large (in the case of the podcast: international) audience!

    i used a garage hymnal song for a video for church (with permission) and i know of at least one person who bought their cd as a result

    + we also have 2 cd's of congregational music that we've put out as a church - we use that stuff as well.

    hope that helps.

    grace and peace top

  • Blogger Andy M says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 9:29:00 am  

    I was wondering the same thing re music and copyright. I like the way you've gone about it. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 9:48:00 am  

    hey andy... what would you know about music and copyright!?!?!?

    how's the young fella?



    ps - answer to question #1 above: probably more than anyone else who reads this blog! top

  • Blogger Andy M says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:31:00 am  

    one word: Kazaa!

    little fella going well

    by the way, loved the newscast! Really well done. How long did it take all up (shooting, editing etc)? Maybe I should listen to your podcast some day too ... top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:40:00 am  

    little fella going well

    good. look forward to seeing him again soon.

    by the way, loved the newscast! Really well done.


    How long did it take all up (shooting, editing etc)?

    picked up the camera on wednesday filmed the camera owner's brother for 15-20 minutes (less than 10 minutes of footage)

    filmed myslef at 4:45ono friday arvo and had finished editing by 5:30 that arvo.

    so it was pretty quick!

    Maybe I should listen to your podcast some day too ...

    yes top

  • Anonymous Joel C says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 1:10:00 pm  

    I appreciate the humour of this video I really do. When this was shown at youth, I was sitting with the year 7 boys and Guy in particular thought it was lame and dragged on too much. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006 4:45:00 pm  

    hey joel,
    thanks for the feedback.
    that's really helpful
    dave top