This was an interesting Easter weekend, but many churches said they actually had MORE people watch their church services online this week, than they have ever had in their building. It’s funny to say “watch” instead of “participate,” but isn’t that the reality of what most non-believers do even when they attend a church in person for the first time? They don’t know the songs, they don’t know when to stand up or sit down, they don’t want to shake everyone’s hand or be singled out. They don’t know much about the pastor or the people leading worship on stage. They feel out of place because they know they aren’t part of the regular club, but they are taking it all in, hoping God speaks to them in a special way. Think about all the new people who are tuning into your show this week. Do they know the songs? Do they know the Christian buzzwords? Do they know the artists leading worship?What do they know about you and your personalities on the air? Think about what you can intentionally do to welcome these people in to grow deeper with you! Think about how you can develop more on ramps to get them up to speed and invite them to plug in deeper. Don’t talk at them, wrap your arm around them and encourage them. Love them to life and show them they are welcome regardless of where they are in their faith journey . If you need help, contact us at Creative Cardio Showprep!
Here’s a neat walk through Holy Week that might give you some rich content ideas. Use your storytelling skills! Think about the characters, the setting and the conflict in this story! Shine your camera angles in some new places with these stories!
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
― C.S. Lewis
Building a phone discussion is a lot more strategic than asking your listeners a boring question. It’s about inviting them into a conversation that’s already happening. It’s about compelling them to take time out of their busy morning because they have something to contribute. Try making statements in addition to asking questions. People respond to statements that make them think. People respond to statements that are bold. Think about new statements you can use to personally invite your listeners to call and contribute! Use dry calls, recorded voices of other people on staff and recorded audio clips to spark a discussion! Encourage people to call and encourage one another too! Remind them that their voice matters!
“Find the helpers when you want to share hope. You can always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers.
Look for stories where you can share the heart of the helpers! Our world has been crazy this week, and it doesn’t look like that will change tomorrow. God has given you a circle of influence to share hope and encouragement in your show. You don’t have to mention Corona at all, just share stories that point your listeners to God’s goodness and the generous heart of people. Look into God’s word for encouragement. Actually listen to the words in the songs you are playing! Champion a heart of service. Champion a heart of gratefulness. Champion generosity. Be a hope dealer!
If you need showprep, just walk through your grocery store and talk to people! Look for those who appear stressed. Ask how you can serve them. Ask about their experience this week. It might be hustling for childcare, fear of being laid off, no toilet paper in stock, babysitters cancelling, hours cut at work, the election, no lunches at school for the kids since it’s cancelled, the losses in their 401k if they are elderly, fear of infecting someone if you feel under the weather, or it might be worry over their elderly parents who live alone. Think about where your listener is right now, and how you can speak to their need.
Here’s the recording from our entire Creative Cardio Easter brainstorm call! Feel free to share this with your team. It will be up for the next week for free, then it will go to the brainstorm call archives for our paid members. Grab a pen and click here to listen!
Here’s the audio recording of our entire Thanksgiving Ideas Brainstorm call! Grab a pen and start writing. Tons of radio personalities share ideas for the Thanksgiving season!
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There’s a lot of different styles of communication in Christian radio. We have those that lean toward preaching, we have those that want to let the music be the message, we have those that focus on encouragement, and we have personalities that live life from a Bible centered worldview.
How do we communicate Christ to a culture that thinks it already knows all about Jesus?
We tell stories. We reflect his light. We share our heart. We invite people into community and we intentionally encourage.
God’s word does not return void. Rethink the content that your’re putting into your showprep this week. Intentionally frame the stories with heart, characters and encouragement.
Fame the heart of the artists you play. Tell stories with a point. Actually listen to the words in the music you’re playing.
Think about what a Christ centered world view actually is. Share what you’re learning. Share what you’ve been reading.
Choose to be an encourager. Think about how your pastor does sermon illustrations. He generally starts with a story that relates to someone in his audience and he brings out a spiritual truth that’s related to it.
Ask callers or artists what they are learning, what they are reading & what their through process is in raising kids in this crazy world. Let them share God’s truths from their life.
Quote the people of the Bible directly. Instead of saying, “The Bible says….. or reading off a long verse and reference, try this to make it more personal to someone who doesn’t know much about the Bible:
“Paul explained grace in Romans 8 – he said if God is for us, who can be against us….”
“When King David wrote Psalm 119, he said…”
“In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he explained….”
“Jesus explained the difference between work and grace in Matthew 5. He said…..”
When you want to communicate God’s truth in your show, lead with encouragement. Speak to who your listener can become with a personal relationship with Jesus. Speak to the unique giftings, talents and raw potential you see. You’ve been given a circle of influence, so intentionally speak life into those people and they will come back tomorrow even if they don’t know Jesus….yet. – Scott Herrold
This year I want to help my listeners better comprehend the reason “why” our radio station exists. Our “why” is different than every other media option our listeners engage with. I want to help our listeners visualize where we’re going. I want to better frame the WHY behind what we are doing.
I think about the way Dr. Martin Luther King shared his dream for what our country could look like. He didn’t say “we need to do this” or “you need to change” or “people need to stop doing.” He simply cast a dream and invited America into it.
Some of the most compelling pledge drive breaks actually cast vision for the listener. Here’s a few ideas you could use to share a dream for what God could do through your radio community.
I want to be a part of something that is really changing lives!
I want to be part of something that encourages others!
I want to be part of something that challenges our kids!
I want to be a part of the solution and not the problem!
I want to see a revival in our city!
I want to be part of shifting our culture!
I want to encourage the people around me!
I want to challenge the next generation to really step up & shine a light for God!
I want to see God do even more in this city!
I want to be a part of real life change!
I want to see my money go farther than my own resource!
I want to help dream up solutions!
I want to build into my neighborhood!
I want to help make this city a better place to live!
I want to see more Christians doing real art!
I want to build something that will be here for my children!
I want to connect with Christian music on my iPhone!
I want to reach people in cities that don’t have Christian radio!
I want to reach people in some of the darkest countries of the world with the hope of Jesus!
I want to help bring the churches together in this city!
I want to see my church grow!
I want to be a light in the darkness
I want to help be the ‘shift’ that our culture needs!
I want to fuel something that others are also investing in!
Our desire is to share the hope of Jesus with even more people this year!
We desire to bring even more family friendly events to this city!
We want to connect more people with local churches!
We want to encourage even more people to make God’s world their moral and spiritual foundation!
We believe the local church is the hope of the world!
We want to challenge your kids to life boldly for Christ!
We desire to see a new generation of children growing up with Christian music!
We want to tackle the the most challenging social issues in our city!
We want to see our kids singing worship music in the car!
We want to help churches thrive in our city!
We want to give even more people a place to plug in with!
We want to share news and information from a Christian perspective!
We want to connect you into a community that challenges your relationship with God and with other Christians!
When I give, I feel like I’m part of the solution!
When I live generously, money doesn’t have any control over my life!
When I give, my money helps the less fortunate right here in town!
When I give, I’m helping to share the hope of Jesus with people who are struggling!
I’m investing in the life change that’s going on behind this radio ministry!
I want to see hearts softened in our community!
I love the way God’s working inside our city!
I want to be a problem solver. I want to be an organizer. I want to be a world changer!
I want my kids growing up with Christian music because I believe in the power behind it!
I want to invest in the ministry behind this radio station!