Discipleship and Media: Learning to be Salt and Light
CCM is more than just a film and television production company. What does that mean, you ask? It means that right now, as I sit at my desk, not only am I learning how to make film and television, which I am, but I am also learning how to maintain and thrive in my faith amid what can be one of the darkest areas of our culture. CCM exists in such a way that I not only am gaining the professional skills required to make it in film and television, but I am growing in true and lasting relationship with Christ, because of the spiritual structure built around us.
“…As I sit at my desk, not only am I learning how to make film and television, which I am, but I am also learning how to maintain and thrive in my faith amid what can be one of the darkest areas of our culture.”
Every Sunday, I go to church with some of the people that I work with at CCM. Every person who comes here is assigned to a small group that meets on Thursday nights with one goal in mind — to talk about Jesus and to grow in relationship with him through community and with each other. I myself have not only found a thriving church community, but have been encouraged to find relationships that help push me towards the Lord, both inside and outside the industry and CCM. I’ve also learned a ton about having quiet times and reading the word of God, but also learning about it through written studies from scholars and pastors.
All in all, CCM exists not only to train up young people as talented and skilled media professionals, but also to show us how to thrive spiritually, to be the salt and light in the darkness of the film, television, and new media industries. Through all of this, I will walk away from here knowing who I am in Christ, and having the skills it takes to make my dreams come true. While we do make real projects for real clients that are seen by real people, that isn’t all of it. The heart of CCM is Jesus Christ, and through that, He has become the heart of each and every person here, from the highest levels of our staff to the newest intern.
“…CCM exists not only to train up young people as talented and skilled media professionals, but also to show us how to thrive spiritually, to be the salt and light in the darkness of the film, television, and new media industries.”
If the goal is to train up young people to be salt and light, as mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, CCM does more than that: they teach you to be and stay anchored in your faith in a world where it is more difficult than people even realize. I am so thankful for everything CCM has provided me spiritually, and am excited to see where it takes me in the future.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5: 13-16
Kendall is a 20-year-old aspiring documentary filmmaker from Park City, Utah, who is attending the Christian film school, Center for Creative Media. After film, some of her chief loves are those of coffee, dogs, and snow. Every week, she takes a look at the odd, uncommon, particularly interesting, and outright obscure ways that people produce creative visual art for the world to see.