Preparing for Youth Convention is a daunting task and it all starts with promo months in advance. Last summer I had the privilege of working with Jonathan Jones to create some promo videos for the upcoming year. One of the more creative ones we came up with was this video for Youth Convention. We had to overcome some unique issues…
PennDel Youth Camp 2013
The theme was Runway so the goal was to give you the feeling that we were going somewhere. We wanted to give the anticipation from the moment you walked in that we were going to take off. So we used this image of a runway that we
A couple months ago I had a conversation with the new PennDel Youth Alive Missionary, Lee Rogers about a web project he wanted to get up and running. The goal is to create a place where students and leaders can visit to get information, encouragement and resources about reaching there schools for Christ. Lee wrote a number of posts and I built the site. We launched it just in time for our Youth Advance Retreat in September.
We then included a QR code on the wrist bands we gave to the campus missionaries and sent them follow up emails to encourage traffic. We also linked the posts to Facebook so students could get the posts in their feed.
After the retreat we posted the sessions that the students attended so they could share them with their friends and youth leaders could share them with their students. It has worked well. And this is just the beginning.
As part of our Speed the Light goal setting we provide the pastors with a “Passport” that covers many of the projects we need to raise money for in the coming year. I have about 5 past passports that I looked through and decided to try to make this year’s look more like a passport. After some searching I found a number of authentic immigration stamps that I tied into the design. I hope this piece accomplishes it’s goal of sparking interest and it helps raise money for the projects.
For the past 6 months we have been working along side the Assemblies of God PennDel District to overhaul their site (penndel.org). We knew from the start this was not going to be a simple, put it together and launch it, site. Every department had to have their own design, many of the departments wanted a site they could call their own but not at the expense of a webmaster managing individual sites. The answer came in WordPress MU (now merged into WordPress 3.0). We were able to create a network of sites each using the same theme but each department and/or event having a different look. Each site can post things to the home page and yet have there own group of admins and support management with control of only their section. We integrated their current calendar, iframed there financial and database software, integrated facebook photos and spent hours building out different looks. This site is live, but like most sites it is far from finished and we will continue to upgrade and work on it for… years to come.
Design work by Nick Palomo