Fun video we made last year for Christmas – we played it again this year in youth group and students loved it. Sometimes I forget how new students throughout the year have never seen a “classic” video or how other videos (especially seasonal ones like Christmas-themed ones) are timeless and can be played pretty much every year.


Weekend Teaching Series: XXX (series finale, week 2 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence: How to be a good neighbor.

Service Length: 84 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend Craig Gross, founder of XXXChurch, spoke to our high school students in all 4 weekend services. Last week he hit the topic of pronography strong, this week he took the series on the next step – how to I share my freedom and faith in Christ with my friends. His main passage was the Good Samaritan and told stories of how he has seen God work in his life and ministry. Really powerful!

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we played Facebook Hack, which was a total riot. If you’re not familiar with it yet, steal this idea now (hit the link for the full scoop and graphics). Basically, we use an iPad and the contestant logs in and then gives control of their Facebook to the host. The host asks questions, and if the contenstant gets it wrong the host can unfriend whoever or post whatever they want. Hilarious! As an added bonus as the game was coming to a close, the contestant at one of the services took out a piece of paper and had written a poem to his girlfriend and asked her to prom with him. It made for a super memorable ending!

Music Playlist: We Could Change the World, Our God, Love Came Down, All I Am, To the Ends of the Earth,

Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was definitely the message and having Craig here to speak. I also loved having my friend Chris Wohlers back in HSM this weekend as a guest host to Facebook Hack. Chris was on the high school team last year but took a great opportunity with our adult service video team.

Up next: Workshop Weekend (1-off)

New Year Announcements from Saddleback Church on Vimeo.

Fun little twist on announcements this past weekend in our adult services. We planned a family service for the whole family and let people know it was going to be fun right out of the gate!


The boys put together what may be our best Life Group promotion video ever. So fun … Life Groups win.


The LAUNCH series video for our back to school series that started last week. Fun!


Weekend Teaching Series: liveSTRONG (week 2 of 4)
Sermon in a Sentence: This first week of the series focused on Paul’s mission to live Christ above everything else.

Understandable Message: I was gone this weekend to Costa Rica on a mission trip – so once again I’m writing this based on what was planned for this past weekend since I didn’t make it to any of the services being a few thousand miles away. Chris Wohlers from the HSM team stepped in to speak this weekend, and taught Philippians 2 expositionally. You can read the arc of the whole series right here if you want, too. The big idea was that Paul knew we would live the best life when we put everyone else’s need above our own.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we introduced our newest staff member Hannah and set her up to host a game with our resident creative geek pastor Parker. Hannah was a cheerleader in High School and Parker was Parker, so it felt like a great juxtaposition for a crowd-level game. Yup, just used the word juxtaposition like it was no big deal.

Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was hearing about how God was using the weekend to change lives. I watched eagerly for Facebook updates and word in Costa Rica that it was great – so excited how great the weekend turned out. For a first time speaker (at this size program), Chris nailed it. What an incredible young pastor God has given HSM, beyond excited for his future here.

Up Next: liveSTRONG (week 3 of 4)

Fun program idea we had for HSM Summer Camp called Room Raiders. We filmed this video the week before camp, he had no idea until it was being played in front of hundreds of students. He was such a good sport, too. Obviously most everything we made fun of we planted, but still … so fun.