Thank you for continually resourcing our community in beautiful ways. We are drinking deeply of our films right now. Thank you!!!Taryn Hofert, Charlotte, NC
Thanks for what you are doing to renew and rebirth Christian worship.Rev & Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, University Presbyterian Church
Travis Reed, of The Work of the People, is a filmmaker extraordinaire. Bridging keen artistic sensibilities with a soulful thought provoking style, TWOTP’s films create a liberating space for the mystery of faith to be experienced. It is because of this unique blend of gifts bottled in one person and expressed through film that we use his work with Fr. Richard Rohr in the Living School for Action and Contemplation.Richard Rohr's Living School for Action and Contemplation.
Thanks for the work you do. The voices you capture are some of the most important of our time.Nicole Kenle, Worship, Music, and Fine Arts, First Presbyterian Church
I've been following TWOTP for awhile now, and as a pastor and blogger, they're a great partner in ministry - one that doesn't water down the seriousness of faith and culture and following Jesus together.
Thanks for all you're doing man to engage all of us broken and hopeful people in kingdom work.Gregg Taylor, Pastor, Mercy Street
Thanks for providing videos that are biblically sound, theologically astute, and artistically engaging! I am glad that TWOTP avoids "Jesus Products"! Blessings on your dreams and visions.David Whiteley, Jemez Springs, NM
I want to say thank you for all you have put into creating this site. The resources here seem endless and very life giving!Cheri Hudspith, Evangelical Center for Spiritual Formation
O God, have mercy on us in the conservative camp. Your work is pushing people in good directions. Keep at it!Mark Klassen
I am part of of a missional community/congregation called the order of the black sheep, we have been subscribers to TWOTP for some time now and I just wanted to drop a line to thank you and encourage you. Your work has been incredibly valuable as both part of our worship and study and I can truly say it is the only resource we have found that "fits" us. Thank you for your work.
The Work Of The People is having a profound effect on our worship life...Supporting and stirring our own creativity.
I find your videos to be deeply touching. They speak in ways I cannot articulate. These are truly words of comfort, of reassurance, and hope.Thank you for your transparency and authenticity in presenting this work to the world. I know they will make a difference to many.Ben Keller, Hospice Chaplain
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your work. Our Church Disciples Fellowship in Birmingham, AL have used your videos and have been a great resource. Love your taste - Love the sensibilities of topics and people you interview. Keep it up!!!Ken Haynes, Birmingham, AL
I love your stuff. I stumbled upon it recently and have been devouring it. Very rich and meaningful. I've been recommending it to friends and colleagues. I found your work very inspiring. Keep it up.Mark J.H. Klassen, MB Mission
I am a christian psychotherapist (from New Zealand living in Holland ) educating christian dutch therapists and have begun using your film clips to illustrate theological points. I am very grateful for your work.Michelle van Dusseldorp, Holland
I appreciate the ministry you are doing. It has enriched my ministry and the life of my people beyond any other resource I've come across. Thank you for capturing the discussions and profound thoughts of the kinds of people you do.Rev. Rich Nelson, Greenvine, TX
Your work has revolutionized our visual liturgy here in Fredericksburg Virginia and I'm so thankful to God for your work. Thank you so much.Gregg Jennings, Fredericksburg, VA
Thank you for the film ministry, I am deeply moved, challenged and edified by them. Thanks and God bless.Leon Hebrink, FBC, Meriden, CT
I want to affirm your great work and life-giving videos are a place of living water for this assistant minister in a traditional presbyterian church in a small town in Northern Ireland, great stuff keep up the great work,Reuben McCormick , Northern Ireland
I found your site by following on of my favorite spiritual teachers, Fr. Richard Rohr. I have spent much time listening and watching your videos. There is so much truth in one place....just wanted to say thank you for your work. It has touched my life.
We love your work and use something nearly every week. Your art is robust in terms of theology and practice, expressive of historic Christianity, while moving the church into the future in culturally relevant ways. Our people are responding in wonderful ways to this liturgical art.
Your work is seriously top notch. Your stuff is a great creative partner and inspiration to our local work. Thanks for all you do!Chris Neufeld-Erdman, Fresno, CA
I am awed by the quality of your content. I like your humor, personableness, and desire to get TWOTP up-and-running. I'm cheering you on, actually. We would not be getting TWOTP if it wasn't for saints/servants like you giving your all. Awesome.Marilyn Hormann, Fort Wayne, Indiana
I wanted to give you a shout out and say thank you for your work. These videos have help shape and add and keep mystery in my faith. Helping me not hijack things or I don't even fully understand. (if that makes sense).
I find your videos to be incredibly helpful. Thanks for holding on to whatever your dream was at one point, that got you to the point you're at now. I don't know how many people visit, watch videos, get subscriptions and so forth, but there is nothing quite like the quality, width and breadth of your liturgies. So good.Eric Nicolaysen, Pastor, Seattle
Simply put, these are some of the most honesty and well produced videos online. I intentionally didn't say "Christian" because there's no need to pigeon hole these into a genre that is often plagued with poor standards. Keep up the good work. Blessings.Graham Buck, Maine
We use your films nearly every Sunday. They avoid the blather of so many Christian video sites. They are artful, liturgical without being stuff/old, relevant and invite reflection rather than preach too heavily.Chris Neufeld-Erdman
The films are captivating and free of Christian cliches I have come to loathe. I'm glad I found your site.Donna Womer
Dear Travis, just a note to say how much I appreciate and value all the good that comes out of the work of the people. The films have been bread for my soul when i'm wondering what the hell I'm doing as a presbyterian minister. Just a wee note to say, for this fat church of Scotland cleric, the work of the people is a beautiful gift to those who are willing to let God be the strange, wonderful, challenging, wild, out of the box, resurrected presence God is. So every blessing to you and the folks for doing something nourishing, encouraging and pretty incredible.
Thank you so very much for all the thought provoking and spiritual mature videos/liturgies.
I have been using clips from TWOTP for about 6 years and just want to say that you are making such a deep contribution to the kingdom of God. Your ministry is changing the way we all see Jesus!!Matthew Sweeting, Pastor of New Providence Community Church
Dear WOTP Team: Just a short note to say Thank You for creating this platform and speaking "holy disruption." Your visual liturgies have delivered compassion, encouragement, enlightenment, and self/spiritual renewal in my faith walk. With gratitude...Yaz Abellard
We're so happy that we discovered your website! It's a great resource to bring to our local church body and beyond! Thankful you and praying a continued blessing over your initiatives!
Travis Reed of The Work Of The People, with open hands and an open heart, tenaciously turns his prophetic eye and catalytic visual voice toward what matters. Travis founded TWOTP because any other venue is too small for what he sees.Steve Frost, Artist
What a blessing and enriching resource this ministry has been in my life and our ministry through the Wesley Foundation and Oklahoma State University. Thank you.
Just wanted to send a message to say that I'm really enjoying what you're doing on TWOTP. It's really the only compelling stuff that I'm seeing these days from the faith perspective. Please keep up the great work. Really, really good.
I just wanted to say thanks to TWOTP for all the great work you are doing to bring the Gospel to us in challenging and innovative ways. My church, St. James Episcopal in Marietta, Georgia, used your videos to create a class that proved to be quite popular this year, so much so that we will continue it next year. Your videos have sparked many intense, inspiring and illuminating conversations among our parishioners.Steve Windham
I just want to let you know what a blessing these videos have been to me. Before I was a seminarian, I was a Youth pastor in San Diego, California and I used to show your videos to the kids in my group. They're so helpful for getting a conversation going and for getting people to think. Thanks for making them! Thanks for what you do!
Wes Ellis, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Work Of The People produce the smartest and snappiest and most gut punching videos for churches around the world. Nobody creates resources for worship with more originality and verve. The Work of the People is smart, subversive, haunting, and deep. Their projects are full of wonder and imagination, inviting viewers into sacred audio-visual spaces. Highly recommended.
Travis, your work brings me to tears. I love your vision and your capacity to turn it into something so beautiful.Teresa J. McBean, Executive Director, National Association of Christian Recovery
I just wanted to let you know how many times I've passed around the links to (to your videos) not only to the church leaders here...but one of our members is the mayor of a neighboring town and he has passed the videos on to the leadership of the city of Winston-Salem. So, lots of seeds being planted. Just know that your work is having a significant impact around here!Chuck Sprong, Winston-Salem, NC
TWOTP actually offers material with a prophetic/critical edge. So many church media websites create just "Gospel fluff." You give voice to genuine scholars and activists within the church and make them available to Christians who would otherwise have little to no exposure to them. I can tell you really care about transforming the witness of the church.
Travis Reed is the only one of his kind. He wades into the hard issues, shows why they are important, and provides ways to think faithfully about them. In doing so, he lightens our load and transmits energy for the tasks that are now so urgent among us.
I am glad to hear your work goes on. I am glad you are at it; we surely need folk like you, given the over-supply of cunning business people.
I am glad to be seen in public with you.Walter Brueggemann, Author, poet & Old Testament dude.
I just want to say that you are doing really awesome work. I love Work of the People and am inspired by your ministry. Thanks for all you do!
Travis' work at TWOTP is a real deal treasure for faithful and doubters alike. He gives us ears and eyes to see and hear the most creative, inspired, and prophetic voices of the church today. Through his well edited films he is able to make a straight up academic nerd palatable for your Grand Ma & with images, tunes, and cinematic sparkle he can bring the week's liturgical texts alive. There is only one good reason any church leader hasn't got a subscription to TWOTP... they haven't tasted it yet!
One of the amazing things about the "The Work of the People" is the quality and unique perspective they bring to a subject. Travis and his team continually create quality pieces that communicate truth and compliment worship. You will have to look hard to find anything better than "The Work of the People". However, if you wanted to look around I'd start with the work of the Skit Guys! (www.skitguys.com)
I like to think about interesting things. I like it best when I am doing so with people whom I like even if we don't always agree. In The Work of the People, brought to us by Travis Reed, we find just such a platform for thinking and dialog. Watch and read. Engage. Come to your own conclusions.
We have found the video clips of the work of the people to be challenging, encouraging, inspiring and refreshing. Last week we were moved the Derek Webb's musical piece "New Law", and led to laugh and see our neighbor and ourselves a bit clearer in "Love your neighbor" skit."
You guys have a unique way of making life's everyday activities overly exciting and captivating. It's inspiring for me to see our church captivated by the highly professional content you produce. Keep it up. Thank
We've used several videos from TWOP at The Journey. Recently we showed Eight Dollar Hotdog because it communicated the point so much better than I could. I was a powerful moment. I really appreciate the style of videos that you offer. I'm not sure how to describe them--excellent, reflective, meditative, subtle but not subtle. Other sites offer videos but they generally don't speak as authentically as yours. I haven't used McLaren's Everything Must Change videos yet publicly, but they've spoken deeply to me. I love that guy. I know one video (the one with Chris Seay talking about water and wine) inspired a pastor friend of mine, who is a waning Southern Baptist, to make a similar video of his own. Other pastors heard about it and we're pleased at all! Keep up the good work.
Despite the plethora of visual media available to churches these days, it's honestly hard to find beautiful, artistic and interesting imagery that tells a story. TWOTP is an oasis in a visual desert. Not only does Travis' art satisfy my need for good media, but it truly stretches me and challenges me to rethink why I am looking for visuals in the first place. It speaks of the worshiping Church that ought to be. The Work of the People? More like the Work of the Prophets.
I'm not sure what I think of "new media" in churches but if there's any good in it I think The Work of the People have found it. For churches who are going to use new forms of media, you can't do better than these guys
Your videos are really powerful. Keep up the inspiring media!
The Work of the People is sassy, fresh, creative... and grounded. I'm delighted to be conspiring with them, and hope you will too.
I'm really enjoying your content. Keep it up. We're quite isolated here in South Africa when it comes to people willing to think forward about Church, so this kind of readily available content is a real oasis:)
The Work of the People has been a real gift to our messy and messed up worshiping community. TWOTP videos that communicate both the reality of our brokenness and the hope and promise of redemption resonate at the very core of our communal DNA.
I love your work through TWOTP/Alter, please keep shining light in the dark spaces of humanity and our world. Calling out a new way to awaken ourselves to God and the way we were created to be. Your work is connecting to a deep longing. I promote it to my Menno Annabaptist friends, as well as people outside a faith community.
TWOTP is an amazing resource with filled with so much creativity and diverse expressions of love for Jesus and longings to see more of his kingdom come.
I've been using TWOTP clips all over the USA for two or three years now. TWOTP has a unique and recognizable style when it comes to video resources. As one of the first to make these materials available, they have built up a huge and varied library, which I have used extensively. I appreciate the diversity of topics, and also that the background loops are available on their own. Know they are reaching lots of kids!
The Work of the People is "not an underground communist community partnering with Al Kida, but a group of folks called to live out and in God's redeeming mission to make all things new." We use TWOTP videos consistently within our worship gatherings at Tapestry (sptapestry.org). Sometimes it's to help convey the point of the assembly, while other times we use their videos and slides to set the mood of worship. Anyway you use it their work is top shelf stuff.
I was a fan of the art & images of Travis Reed long before I was a friend. There are few who have contributed more to the marriage of faith & visual arts like He has. TWOTP leads the way in providing & challenging local church communities in their approach to visual arts and i'm grateful for Travis and his staff.
I do not yet fully understand all that your website provides but I think it will help me with my quest to understand and practice the teachings of Jesus in a way that I know is true.Rick Truhn
I love you guys! You put out some thoughtful, creative, beneficial work that adds another voice in the Church!
Dear Travis et al, As a busy priest ministering between seven rural parishes in the east of England I sometimes run out of creative steam. Thank God for TWOTP! When the well's run dry and the boiler needs a good stoke the content of your site has encouraged, refreshed and spurred me on. The teachers and thinkers, theologians and practitioners have reminded me why I do what I do and blessed my own devotion to the Lord as well as the congregations that I serve.Thank you, please never give up searching, asking and praying. Your co-worker in Christ.
Hey TWOTP, I love your material it is just fabulous. TWOTP is a lifeline spiritually for me. It is such a blessing to me! Keep up the unique work and prophetic voice..
May I just say also that your emphasis on justice and poverty issues make your videos even more relevant to us here in the Philippines. Thank you again for helping us in our ministry to young adults here in the Philippines. Thanks for your partnership! Maraming salamat! (Thank you very much.)
Travis Reed, of The Work of the People, is a rare breed. With nothing but a hand-held camera and authenticity, Travis has a gifted manner of capturing the essence of a person. Thanks to him, we have the possibility of connecting in a raw way with some of the most unique followers of Christ in the world today. Their messages are important because their lives have been tested and Travis uncovers the treasures within them. Support TWOTP and you and your communities will be blessed and challenged.
TWOTP draws together some of the most incendiary theologians to talk about their most explosive ideas. This is an important resource for those who wish to light living fires in their own hearts and in the hearts of their communities.
Thank you Travis Reed and The Work Of The People. I am forever grateful that there is one organization that has had the prophetic foresight to both find and share the burgeoning work of the Spirit sprouting up through people’s lives over this last decade. What a loss it would have been if no one had been discerning enough to catch those seeds of renewal and share them in such profound and enriching ways. I have used your media tools and interviews in every conceivable way and have shared the stories and visual liturgies hundred upon hundreds of times. It is your genius and gift to have woven together a sweeping patchwork of hope and inspiration for the church and the world. Though we rarely see you on film, you have been one of the greatest storytellers of all!
I wanted to tell you that I look at a lot of videos that are put out by other companies, and I have to say that the stuff you guys are producing at TWOTP is just heads above what they are putting out there. I don't mean that to sound judgmental in any way, it's just that you have really honed your craft in a way that few other "Christian" film makers have. Keep it up.
Cheers my good man. I draw from your site just about every week for our worship. We used mystery on Sunday and it was beautiful. More power to your elbow (I don't know if that phrase translates across the pond - but its an encouraging one - honest)
I want you to know that I think you do some of the most amazing worship videos.
The Work of the People and Travis Reed are flat-out wild and crazy guys. Their videos defy description, which is why they are so engaging. If you're looking for "new media" to bring new life to the church-in the sanctuary, the classroom, or small groups-you've come to the right place. I don't know if I'd agree with Travis and his friends on all the fine points of Christian theology, and in our work together, the question has never come up. That's one of the reasons I love these folks: they have no litmus test as to who's "in" and who's "out"! They get it that we're all in this together, drawing on the same aquifer of the Spirit, no matter how we name it or frame it. If the churches want to serve well in a twenty-first century world, they need to get it, too. Trust me: these wild and crazy people can help make that happen!
Just wanted you to know that what you're doing is great!! The films are wonderfully shot, spiritually insightful & emotionally impactful. I don't know if that's a word but I used it anyway. Thanks for what you're doing, it's having an impact in Mid-Michigan. Keep up the good work!
When I'm in need I go to TWOTP and I always finds something to lift me up, to get me through.
Work of the People videos are extraordinary—compelling and artistically successful explorations of some of the deepest questions about God, faith, and common human destiny.
Just watched "We Need Each Other" and I am hit with the love of God all over again. You guys are doing an amazing job. This website has such vast resources for communicators. The camera angles, fonts, music... so good. Thanks for all you are doing to bless the local church. The medium of short film is so powerful and important for the people I lead. Thank you for the great work you are doing.Mike O'Brien, Director of Worship & Services
We at Big Picture Training (www.bigpicturetraining.org) have found the Work of the People to be an absolutely excellent resource for our youth ministry training organization. Not only are Travis and his crew wonderful, lovers of Jesus, they are also incredibly talented folks who can communicate visually in extremely creative ways. I highly recommend The Work of The People. The cost to join their site is nominal compared to the depth and breadth of what they offer."
The Work of the People has crafted and nurtured an environment that is producing aesthetically invigorating media springing forth organically from the creative imagination of a community of poets, artists, filmmakers and storytellers. Making good art is so important. Telling compelling stories through beautiful mediums is essential in our culture if we really want to communicate in transformational ways. The Work of the People Founder, Travis Reed, is one of the most interesting people walking the planet. Travis intuitively runs from mediocrity into the vast mystery of beauty in his pursuit of God and we get to participate and benefit from his adventures.
I and my students LOVED the films. God bless you for the work you are doing. God is on the move and, as usual, it's going to make some of the "establishment" uncomfortable. ;-)
There's a lot of video producers out there right now, but in your work I feel this pervasive sense of worship that I know is your foundation, combined with the tension of the world we know right now-- keep worshiping God in such an amazing way! Just as a side note, another reason your site was such a seller for me is the affordability. In a young ministry like ours with a limited budget, to have a great one-stop resource for such amazing worship resources is truly a God-send.
Your videos showed me the beauty and truth that I have been able to find in Christ. Just for that I thank you, for opening that door for me, or at least for helping me hear the knocking. Thank you for all that you've done. Peace and blessings!
Take one look at The Work of the People and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. It is equal parts challenging, stimulating and insightful as well as being playful, irreverent and out-and-out great fun. Similar sites are either too holier-than-thou for me, or just plain too goofy and juvenile. Travis has developed this fantastic blend of material that combines the thoughts and musings of a wide range of thinkers and practitioners, while at the same time not taking itself too seriously. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
We used the piece, "Table Benediction" following Eucharist and were bathed in the welcoming grace of our Lord. We saw through the image of people breaking bread together, toasting their glasses together the good news that we had just enacted in celebrating the Table of the Lord. Not only were we reminded of our inclusion, but were fueled to invite others to join us! This added beauty, and another deep layer to exploring the mystery of joining into common union with God.
I love that you try to line up with some of the lectionary readings. And I think you guys have some of the best, most innovative content out there... missional, social justice, kingdom topics, new ways of reading Scripture, etc.!
Thanks for blessing churches with quality media!Matt Hanegraaff, Worship Director, Faith Reformed Church
Thanks for this great resource. You and Proost are creating the best stuff out there for worship. No one else comes close.
We live in a visual age, where images often communicate so much more profoundly than words. The Work of the People is at the top of the stach of media producers for ministry settings, consistently creating powerful, humerous, moving, and provocative short films. I highly recommend their work.
My thanks to TWOTP for their creative partnership in our ministry here at St Paul's Katikati, New Zealand.
I really, really appreciate your work! My current church is slowly transitioning to more media use, and your work has been central to being it well received.
What I like best about The Work of the People videos is that they are thought provoking. They make me think. They encourage me to go beyond and see things in a new light, a new way. The beauty of The Work of the People videos is thier indirectness, and tere are never any syrupy "here's what you should think" messages. These videos give space for questions, for considerations, for truth, for transformation.
I've just starting watching the past few months, but love it when a new video pops up in my reader. Many thanks for your work. I'm loving the exposure to different voices than I usually hear.
We have been blessed by videos produced by The Work of the People. The first video we used was six years ago at our wedding. We now use it as part of our worship dance ministry. We feel like you really draw out the story and present stories that touch the heart. Thanks for the work you do and for providing it to us in an economical way.
TWOTP produces great, relevant, powerful tools for the church.
Interpreting and describing the life of faith is sometimes like trying to catch a greasy pig. The Work Of The People help you catch the pig. You may only grab it for a few fleeting seconds, but together you go away muddy, smelly, refreshed, and for some reason, desiring a bacon sandwich. With their films, TWOTP have helped us craft an environment of mystery where minds are hearts are free to wrestle with the beauties of the faith. Their pieces are artful and direct, without being preachy and overbearing. I love them like I love bacon sandwiches.
Thank you for the resources. They are much used and appreciated in our Christ community! Thanks for your Christ-Kingdom creativity!Kenny Wade, Youth Pastor, Boise First Community Cent
For some, the wallpaper is more important than the wall that it adheres to. Stripping it off is TWOP on behalf of the kingdom.
I have been aware of The Work Of the People for a few months. In the time from first awareness, to occasional buyer and often window shopper, I have been impressed at the growth of their video library. I am not a lectionary preacher. The search engine on TWOP works easily and efficiently, presenting a number of possibilities for finding topical illustrations. Downloads are quick and easy, and the economy of annual subscriptions or "bulk" buys significantly increases our ability to use media regularly in our worship and teaching. Travis' customer service is excellent. He responds quickly and aims to please, all the while providing a quality product. I am looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Travis and TWOP.Karen Muntzing, Warehouse839, Hilliard UMC, Hilliard, OH
The visuals are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!
I have been a fan for years of TWOTP -- Ya'll were with me through my first ever occupational ministry position as a Youth Pastor and I still recommend your site to anyone interested in provoking, creative, powerful video content.
I have been around church video for a long time and every time I see moving backgrounds (animations, video, etc) behind lyrics I sigh because they are typically highly distracting and only there because someone thought it would be cool. But about 15 seconds into the first one, I realized this video was something different and I could not help but pay attention to it. And then I noticed that somehow I was both fully engaged with both the song being sung as well as the video playing underneath. They are a meaningful, beautiful, and useful display of The Gospel through video.
I just wanted to let you know that your video work was just as engaging and brought me just as close to Jesus as any song or sermon ever has.Josh Spires, Houston First Baptist
I used a lot of the visual liturgy pieces during communion and I can't count how many times I used the illustrations to start or accentuate a point during a sermon. Keep doing what is good; those visual liturgy pieces are worth their weight in gold for communion and other reflective elements of the service. Thanks for what you guys are doing.Josh Schoon, Zion Lutheran Church, Akron, OH
We use your stuff at least every other week, and often more than one video a week. Last week for Easter, we chose not to have a "sermon." Instead, we interspersed videos and singing and a "flowering cross" and communion and other elements. We used "Painted" as our opener, "Mystery" before communion, "Time lapse Flowers Loop" during communion and the flowering cross, and a few videos from other sources. So, I really appreciate your work. Thanks for all you do! You are enriching our worship services and helping our people connect with God!Josh Broward, Lead Pastor, KNU International English Church
Dear the work of the people, The fact that you exist has been a great benefit to me. In my small Saskatchewan community it is easy to despair at the state of evangelical Christianity and to ask whether it is even something I believe in. Your videos give me hope and encouragment that the life Jesus has called me to is truly abundant. N.T. Wright's words about the entire swath of Scripture have inspired me to give the Bible a fair chance and the fruit of my mornings reading through entire books of the BIble has been much richer than years of ten verse at a time readings already. I feel like I am part of a larger story with real significance. God is alive. Keep up the good work.Jordan Varley, Saskatchewan, Canada
I'm a word guy. Because the Word became flesh, I have hope that the enfleshed good news of God's movement can come alive in words. But I know from paying attention to words that an image can often say more in a moment than I'm able to say in a book. Which is why I'm grateful for image people. The church has no better image people than the folks at Work of the People. Watch and see...Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, New Monastic & Author
I love TWOTP! I have a couple of friends who are into film (making short films, directing, etc.) and I showed one of them your website the other day. He was very impressed with the quality of the film and the message behind the media. He immediately emailed another friend of his the link and continued to browse your website for some time.
Sometimes when I need to be encouraged myself I will log onto TWOTP and find a couple of films that are particularly moving for me and I always walk away refreshed. Keep up the good work and I'll keep playing the films to my friends, family, and people of my church. Many Thanks.John Jordan, Ecclesia Clear Lake
If the measure of how much value you place on something is how often you talk about it then it says I value (TWOTP's) work very highly. I have used Oliver's What is Poverty and Frost's Becoming the Poor in various retreat settings. I particularly value how affordable all this quality work is and that it can be so easily remixed.John Freund, The International Vincentian Family
I want to encourage you that it's so worth it to put out resources that are actually worth something (that is, they risk something). How many other Christian resources could be catalogued under the heading "didn't need to be written, aren't saying anything much of all, shiny cover"? and yet it's the lame stuff that feels comfortable to people at a certain place in the pilgrimage.
Every week we look for multiple voices to express the message and vibe. The media from the work of the people is one of our more consistent voices. We don't think of it as "just media" or "we need a video" to plug and play. But we view it as a point-of-view voice that helps develop a robust look of the same theme. Thanks for all you're doing!Joe Meyers, Author of The Search to Belong/www.languageofbelonging.com
I'm always looking for creative pieces that utilize the profound significance of scripture. Your visual liturgies consistently do that better than anything else I've seen.
One of the best things that has happened in my spiritual life lately has been finding The Work of the People's website. The wide variety of visual materials is amazing. There are some I love, some I like, and some I'm not sure about. But that's the beauty of the site...I have choices. And some of those choices are visually and spiritually stunning. I've used some of the short interviews in classes and hope to use several of the more "story-oriented" videos in worship services in the coming months. This is one site I keep returning to as often as I can. Thank you so much for being there at a time when I needed new inspiration and new ideas. Keep up the good work. It makes my heart sing and my soul soar.
Thanks for all you do, I love the voice that TWOTP brings to the table. It seems like every time I think I would love to hear what he/she has to say on that issue, that you think the same way and make a video of it. It just is obvious that you care deeply about the topics and issues you pursue. We are trying to do more locally in the artistic video realm as well, but we are a young church plant, so it is slow go. Thanks for all you do to help us live into and co-create with God and His Kingdom!!!
It is is so refreshing to have access to a video site that is intent on providing materials that actually speak to the heart of living a Christ filled life! It feels like a lot of videos get lost in the glitz and sparkle of production and the message gets lost. TWOTP does a brilliant job of allowing the words and desires of people in the midst of Gods work to share the message He has put inside them in order to strengthen us all. The way of Jesus is one of words and life lived in harmony, and TWOTP is a huge help as we live this out to remember the tune!Jeremy Snoberger, Pastor
We used the 'Slow to Anger' video in a series called Hostage. The particular night we used it we were talking about being held Hostage to Anger. What a great juxtaposition of our common actions with the cry of the cross. The music and old school film aspect of it just made a great video that connected with our college/young adults. Thanks for making some kick ass stuff (you can change that word if you need to). Seriously though, that was a very good video to set the mood and lead into the message. Thanks!Jeremy LaDuke, www.remedynow.tv
I love the thoughtfulness of your work. I love the idea that the very name means liturgy. It's a web site I could recommend to my Episcopalian or Lutheran friends, knowing that they won't walk away thinking the videos are too silly or too fluffy.Jeff Dunn-Rankin, Senior Consultant, Youth Ministry Architects
Congratulations Travis on all The Work of the People! It is so important that the message of truth, the message of the Gospel, the message of Love be transmitted. You are doing wonderful work. I do hope that many will be able to watch your films and receive the message of God's love through them.
Just wanted to say how much this site has changed the life of our church. Up to now we have had to sort through schlocky scripted mumbo jumbo looking for honest expressions that spend more on content than flash. Thank you.
Hitchcock said, “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.” Our brother Travis Reed, with poetic grace, invites us all through WOTP to let God direct some more so that our lives may become documentaries; of grace, healing justice, transformative nonviolence and joy in witness to the world to come.
I am part of a community church in Balham, South London, England. We use the clips primarily in our creative prayer meetings that run each month and occasionally for a Sunday service, depending on the occasion. Being in the UK, the ability to download the files direct is a great about the site and I find it easy to navigate and find stuff.
Travis Reed and The Work of the People are incredible. Their films are simple yet content rich, artful but unpretentious, excellent but never slick, imaginative but coherent, moving but never sentimental. Travis Reed is unequaled when it comes to advancing the kingdom through his 'visual epistles'. I can't speak highly enough about them or the mission that inspire them.
TWOTP Rocks! I find their videos challenging, moving, disturbing, comforting and inspired – all at once! It all goes back to the love of Jesus in all that we do as believers and this is clearly evident in the videos that TWOTP create. I've shared them with others, blogged on them, been moved and challenged by them. The production value, the visuals, the content - all top notch! Thanks for what you do!
As a 21 year old college student and English/Journalism major obsessed with good narrative forms, I wanted to let you know that Alter Video Magazine is a breath of fresh air and extremely well done.
Thanks for your contribution to the multimedia needs of today's churches. Not only do I appreciate the sound and deep and open theology and thought that is in your videos, but it is a refreshing break from the too white, suburban, happy feel of most church video available. We are an urban, progressive, fairly diverse congregation and need that reflected in what we put up on the screen.
We appreciate your thought-provoking approach and the good scholars.
I am a city Missionary seeking to reach a community with the Gospel in Birmingham, UK. The makeup of the area is West Indian, African and Anglo Irish. It is a relatively poor community with the youth being in danger of being sucked into a gang culture. They are highly visual. They are not illiterate, but struggle with reading. I use TWOTP films to present God's word in an artistic format the youth will respect.Giles Coghlan, City Missionary, Birmingham, UK.
The Work of the People is hands-down the best place to learn about the messy, gracious, just, and loving ways of Jesus. This remarkable collection of videos has long provided us with the inspiration, exhortation, correction, and beauty we need to remain faithful in our missionary service. More than a few times we have been brought to tears of lament and laughter by these resources and we encourage you to dive in and discover the ways TWOP can equip you (and your community) for service.
We live in a visual age. As Jesus told stories with layers of meaning and understanding – now we can do the same with clips and visuals. I rarely speak these days without the inclusion of a visual clip and most seem to come from the Work of The People. The Work of the People is the best website repository of Mission / Kingdom thinking people. It has visual resources for worship, studies, thinking and evoking imaginations of what could be, and what can be. It follows the lectionary (the 3 year cycle of reading and preaching the bible) and is so well indexed and easy to find topics and scriptures. I buy and annual subscription every year as one of my resource priorities. I highly, highly commend The Work Of The People clips.
Travis Reed is one of the most imaginative and talented people in creating visuals that I know around the world. He is zany and interesting and it comes through his productions. He has a keen mind and eye and ear for producing stimulating visual production that can help the Kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
Even though the Scriptures are extremely creative--and truly inspired--writings, they have not usually been interpreted in equally creative ways or by equally inspired people. So they have not guided much of human history, except by making many people walk in the opposite direction. "The Work of the People" represents a new era of honest and wonder-filled Christianity, that is indeed of the people and not from the usual company men.
Watch, listen, and be guided toward wisdom!
Thank you for who you are and what you do. I'm encouraging our Sr. and Jr. High Sunday teachers and youth leaders to use your videos as discussion starters, etc. They are powerful; often I'm moved to tears, when I preview them.
Your work (and the people you use) seem to come from such a real and honest place. And it's that "living in the moment" quality that gives your work an edge and excellence that I love. Thanks for the inspiration and allowing God to inspire you. As I'm sure you know, you can never know how God will use it. He's using it on me today. God Bless You & The Work of the People
The Work of the People is a wonderful online collection of video resources in which many of our most helpful theological voices speak to the church - There is such a wide variety of faithful witnesses whose testimony is shared. At a time when many churches are bringing video resources into worship I find that much of the content that comes with the big screen is pablum. The Work of the People is a wonderful corrective to such pablum. This is spiritual milk and manna in the wilderness for the church.
Being in a new congregation doing media worship, I am always looking for good resources that are relevant and thought provoking. I have found many resources on TWOTP site to help me in creating worship moods and experiences. It is amazing how God can take the various images, songs, and scripture and do wonders. It is a regular site that I look at for relevant worship resources.
In our Church, we take it in turns to lead the congregation in Communion, and I have, on occasion used a short loop as background, or as lead up to my Communion leading. They are always very effective and powerful and set the whole tone of the morning. Keep up the great work at "The Work of the People".
Hi, I'm Dawn and I make the Sunday slideshow in our church here in the Philippines. Our slideshow consists of choral anthems, worship lyrics, Bible verses, and the sermon outline. I usually use Work of the People movies for more informal events such as our Friday night Bible study. I also lead the worship in our church so, sometimes, in the middle of our singing, I stick in a film that's relevant to our topic that evening or to the messages of the songs. Work of the People movies are always insightful and original.
Been an off and on subscriber for the past few years, Keep on pursuing the way of Jesus. Your productions push all of us to reconsider which kingdoms we are aligning ourselves with. To be honest I am always amazed when people are willing to pay to have that kind of stretching done to them. :)
I wanted to say how deeply moving I find your visual liturgies. I am especially moved by the "He Is Coming" video. Amazing. Thanks for your continued ministry. Your videos are a vessel that helps to nourish my spirit and the visual liturgy is a blessing to my church!David Sigmund
Thanks for the amazing gift you give. Work of the People is a treasure for those of us who have long yearned for resources that work well at the edge. I find my ministry drawn to the edges but most church resources are so sadly focused on the comfortable center. Your commitment to justice and compassion is awesome. I started a new plant in a non-profit children's discovery museum. We use their public space to gather on Sunday morning to celebrate our mission to bring good news to the poor. That's all we do, but it is more than enough. Your gifts, as given through the Work of the People resources, have been challenging, provocative, and powerful. Thanks for opening hearts and minds of so many who live outside the walls of the institutional church. Thanks! Love and Peace--together in beautiful harmony!
We’ve been using your videos, loops and visual liturgy for over 2 years and have come to see TWOTP as an excellent resource to push us, to direct us and to prod us during our corporate gatherings. We incorporate the visual liturgy during times of giving gifts to help reinforce the ideas and the themes that we read and discuss. It’s so good to see the scripture, in addition to reading it and moving on. Thanks for working so hard to give us all another way to worship.
So, i did this multi-sensory worship experience for Jr. high and High school students that covered death to life over the course of 45 minutes and used several of your films to visually and audibly enhance this unique time. The students did an amazing job of connecting the metaphorical dots, thus creating a memorable experience.
The Work of the People has been a great resource for our church’s media. Over the past couple years, I have used their videos for sermon illustrations, outreach service transitions, holiday highlights, and worship intros. Their quality is high, variety is excellent, and pricing is affordable.
The Work Of The People is leading the 21st century Church forward by visualizing theology, by enrobing the lectionary in stunning shapes and forms, and by supplying us with the kind of media we need to hold an effective, image-rich conversation among our faith communities and with our world. Every worship leader should be passionately accessing this gold mine, and every pastor should rethink the allocation of their resources to create space for this visual enhancement being a part of their their New Creation communication week after week.
Cheers to Travis and The Work Of The People for lifting us all with breadth and depth. We just may have a chance out there with friends like these.Dan Wilt, Founder, WorshipTraining.com
The Work of The People is producing videos which move my heart and mind even further in learning and pondering and thinking about the story of God. I am incredibly glad that they are doing this and the church at large will greatly benefit from their ministry. But I also can say, from knowing them it is not videos they are making, but it truly is a worshipful act and passion that they are making these videos from.
We use TWOTP's videos here in Curitiba, Brazil! Their visual liturgy is simply a perfect mix of the best source (Jesus) with great Art! Where else would I find a duel of playfulness and tradition, clip-type videos and deep insights, art made by Christians and free of corniness? For us at Igreja do Caminho ( Brazil), what TWOTP does is bring the stained glass art into movement. I guess much of the visual art that used to be done almost exclusively by Christians several centuries ago (take Rembrandt, for instance) was shoved out of the church due to its apparent uselessness and "inferior spirituality". What was left was all this evangelical paraphernalia found in Christian bookstores: practical but lifeless. TWOTP brings something fresh and very creative.
I think what you TWOTP are creating in film is some of the most import work of the incarnational church. When I showed the piece with Chris at Sacred Space in our service a few weeks ago I felt it was like people were getting it for the first time. There are a lot of film makers in the world, but very few who can translate the new theology of expression.. I don't know if we are rediscovering, or discovering for the first time, but what I do know is that it will take people like TWOTP making films like this for the church and the culture to get it. These films are the clues to our culture of the Kingdom and the work we have been called to do
TWOTP is an invaluable resource to me in the weekly duties of planning worship. I love using the visual liturgy films as an alternative way of doing Scripture readings. The loops are also great behind song lyrics - providing a more reflective touch than some worship loop creators. Keep up the good work
It’s entirely possible that The Work of the People has assembled the 2nd best canon of Christian thought ever compiled. Dissonance. Harmony. Contradictions. Unity. Somehow Travis Reed never fails to capture the most authentic and vulnerable responses to his heartfelt questions—difficult questions about the human condition, the ambiguous soul of humanity, and the mysteries of God. The thought-leaders of modern Christianity have all contributed to his repertoire of films in a way that allows for the viewer not only to observe or consume content, but interact with it in a way that provokes continued conversation, and ultimately, renewal for transformation.
TWOTP content is awesome. It's great that there is a worship media site that does more than cheesy worship videos. Your films add depth and articulate great messages. They truly are part of the liturgy. Also, it is extremely helpful to have a search based on the lectionary. To my knowledge, there is no other worship media site that does this.
I really enjoy using TWOTP media pieces because they are different than some of the other stuff we use. We don’t use them all the time, but when we do, people seem to connect with them. This past Sunday we used the “Word Became Flesh” piece to start our service off as we were talking about the active love of God displayed to us and how we should display that same type of love to others in being a church of irresistible influence. I’ve also used the “All Nations Will Worship” during a time of missions emphasis and the “Psalm 121” piece as a reflective piece at the end of service when we were focusing on looking to God in times of need.
Thanks for your ministry and what you do.
We've used several of your films in our high school youth group series about the Kingdom of Heaven. Your material is thoughtful, well-done, and challenges the easy assumptions our kids carry with them. I looked a long time for media that would help communicate something deeper than the usual fast/fun clips we find, and your videos have worked well - I find the kids remember them, think about them, and refer back to them weeks later.
Thanks for what you do!
Thank you for your prophetic, imaginative, inspiring work!
I'm a long-time raving fan of The Work of the People. Travis Reed and his collaborators create resources that enrich, stimulate, challenge, educate, form, and inspire. Since I know the heart and values that motivate this amazing crew, I encourage you to link up your creative impulses with theirs.Brian Mclaren, Author and Activist
We are stoked to be in relationship with The Work of the People.
The Work of the People is a brilliant source of light in a world of cheesy, simplistic, low quality media being marketed to the church. I love the excellence of product. I love the focus on scripture. I love the engagement with real issues. Visual media is one of the primary communication languages of our present culture, and The Work of the People is fluent. As a pastor seeking new ways to present the ancient message of God’s love and the hope of the gospel I return to theworkofthepeople.com every week.
Thank you for the beautiful, consistent, life-giving art you guys bring to life. Work of the People has been an incredible resource for us, especially as our community travels the journey away from a attractional, "rock show" model in our gatherings.
The Work of the People is an innovative and often provocative site for all those seeking to add new levels of inspiration, intimacy, and cultural comment to their worship experiences. The site offers deeply emotional and meaningful content in a number of media styles and technologies. As our world increasingly interacts and defines itself via media technology The Work of the People offers the church both content and a platform for the development of local liturgical worship. I have yet to find another site that offers such depth of opportunity for churches and groups of all kinds to expand and explore the meaning of worship.Barry Taylor, Author and professor at Fuller Seminary
Thank you for the wonderful resources on your website and for your refreshing perspective on mission and ministry.Barb Spaulding, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church Moville IA
We recently did a sermon about social justice in a series our church did called “Undone”. The sermon focused on poverty and homelessness not only in our community, but throughout the world. We used the “Shine Your Light” film behind our band performing an adaptation of “Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Collins.
We’ve also used the Colossians 1 loop as a call to worship going into David Crowder’s version of “All Creatures of Our God and King”. Your videos are poignant and deliver the message without adding too much unnecessary imagery or words. The music that is put behind the videos is all excellently chosen. Other videos that we’ve used before are, “A New Law”, “Birds and Ocean Loop”, “Psalm 104”, “Psalm 8” and “Jew Nor Greek”.
Keep up the good work, guys!
Beautiful, crisp, insightful and provoking... All these describe the resources available from The Work of the People. Using their material in our context has been a great way to enrich our own "liturgy". Thanks TWOTP!
Of the many Christian video resources available to me as a pastor, TWOTP is one of my favorite. Their material is consistently thought provoking without being kitsch. It is both culturally and Biblically relevant, which is very important for the context in which I work. I have had the unlimited membership through my church account for several years and find it well worth every penny.Andy Brown, Pastor in Michigan
The Work of the People has been an enormous blessing to the body of Christ, a rich resource of downloadable video resources to enhance worship or even edited or re-mixed for other purposes. A highlight for me was the timely release of the “Please Don’t Make Us Sing This Song” video that countries around the world downloaded and played to receptive congregations who wept and prayed and felt like they were there at the disaster. I don’t know of any other group that has so effectively used downloadable video to impact, inspire and equip believers.
We often use your videos for our worship service and I’m particularly appreciative of how Biblically-based the content is.
I am very appreciative of the work you do, and the resources you are making available in video form. These are challenging topics being tackled with theological responsibility.Amaury Tanon-Santos, Director of Programs, Princeton Theological Seminary
TWOTP is a powerful tool for teaching and worship. I love it! God bless TWOTP, and thank you!Allan Cole, Rector
The Work of the People is an excellent resource for thoughtful, contemporary and insightful media . . . they have their finger on the cultural pulse and a must visit website for great video and images.
Ali Campbell, Untied Kingdom
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