ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–The North American Mission Board’s electronic media team has won a total of eight Telly Awards for its video products, including three prestigious “Silver Telly” awards for its “E-ssentials for the On Mission Church” video series.
Robert E. Reccord, NAMB’s president, said the awards underscore the agency’s early commitment to using technology to share what God is doing across America.
“The churches who make our ever-increasing mission force possible need to be able to not only hear about our missionaries, but also to see them and their mission fields,” he said. “In the field of radio and TV we felt we should not just be a ‘blip on the broadcast screen,’ but a significant contributor of excellence in penetrating the culture with the message of the gospel. Our media and broadcast teams have made all Southern Baptists proud as they have taken us to a new level in telling the greatest story the world has ever heard.”
The Telly Awards recognize outstanding non-network and cable commercials, film and video productions. Awards are presented in two levels of excellence, the Silver “winner” award and the Bronze “finalist.”
Seven of the eight awards received by NAMB in the 24th annual competition were for E-ssentials, a bimonthly series of video clips designed for use in sermons or worship services by pastors, teachers and worship leaders. The series, in its third year, has more than 1,600 subscribers and is available on DVD, CD-ROM and VHS videotape.
“One of NAMB’s key goals is to create communication for the church that matches or exceeds the quality church members receive in their homes and workplaces,” said Nate Adams, NAMB’s vice president for mobilization and media. “Each month our E-ssentials product is giving over 500,000 worshipers brief glimpses into the lostness of people and the importance of missions. These awards affirm that we’re delivering this critical message to the church in a visually compelling way.”
The E-ssentials segments receiving the Silver Telly awards were “Armor of God,” “The Crucifixion,” and “Peace on Earth.”
Segments receiving Bronze Tellys were “The Christian Bubble,” “The Gospel for Kids,” and “Vision for Giving: 9th Inning.” A special issue of E-ssentials titled “Hope: Remembering 9/11” also won an award.
Also receiving a Bronze Telly was “Mission MVT,” the video accompanying the Children’s North American Missions Study for 2002.
For more information on E-ssentials, visit www.namb.net/essentials.
Southern Baptists’ “TruthQuest: California” teen reality series also earned three Telly Awards: two Silver Tellys for the “Blind Faith” and “Impact Zone” episodes and a Bronze Telly for the “Like Night and Day” episode.
The 13-week TruthQuest series, which premiered in October, currently is in its second run on FamilyNet Television, the cable/broadcast arm of the North American Mission Board.
TruthQuest: California was jointly produced by Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service; FamilyNet; and the B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources, which publishes the TruthQuest line of student discipleship resources. NAMB’s multi-city summer missions outreach World Changers assisted as a series sponsor.
In addition to the TruthQuest honors, FamilyNet earned 10 other Tellys for such programs as “At Home-Live” and the “True Love Waits Rally.”