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Livestream Preaching Lab This Summer

Three days of hands-on training and discussion focused on virtual preaching

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Livestream Preaching Lab

July 17-20, 2022
BGAV Office
2828 Emerywood Parkway, Henrico, VA 23294

If we the Church are the “hands and feet” of Jesus, does worship really work in the livestream world? Can preaching and the other elements of worship reflect a theology of Christ’s embodiment? The pandemic has driven churches to build a strong digital presence, but many of our online efforts were initially an emergency response. It’s now become obvious that many people aren’t coming back to in-person worship, and it’s also clear that man yare finding our churches for the first time online. 

The Livestream Preaching Lab offers three full days of hands-on training, workshop, and discussion in a small group setting to focus on preaching for a virtual congregation. The lab will feature a preaching workshop with Matt Snowden, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Waco, TX, and a homiletics adjunct at Truett Seminary. In addition, Josh Russell, an award-winning film producer, will be on hand to share how principles of filmmaking can improve preaching and other aspects of worship. 

Participants will be asked to bring a sermon to preach during a hands-on experience learning camera angles, and lighting, and they'll receive caring feedback to take back to their church. Participants will get practical knowledge to improve the work of the “tech team” at their church (even if the preacher and tech team are the same person)! Most of all, the lab will be a time of fun, restoration, and encouragement in a season when serving in the church can be challenging.

The lab starts at 4:00 p.m. on July 17 and ends July 20 at noon.

Guest Presenters

Matt Snowden

Matt Snowden is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. His preaching ministry is broadcast weekly on KCEN-TV, an NBC affiliate. Matt is an adjunct professor at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. He has taught classes on pastoral leadership, preaching, and ecclesiology. He writes for Preaching Today and with Josh Hays is the author of “One Bread, One Body” (upcoming in 2023 from Smyth and Helwys). Matt is married to Meredith Brady Snowden and they are the haggard and happy parents of Molly Katherine (16) and Wes (15).

Josh Russell

Joshua Russell is an artist, entrepreneur, and academic. As an artist, he is a highly awarded film producer and screenwriter, having had multiple screenplays optioned and produced, and having won awards ranging from “Best Producer” to “Best Picture” at multiple international film festivals. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Time-Out, and Variety Magazine. As an entrepreneur, Joshua is co-founder of Local Cinema Studios, a non-profit dedicated to connecting higher education to the film industry, and is a partner at Iris Indie International, an independent film financing and production company. As an academic, Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting and the Film and Television Production Program Director at Western Carolina University in Western North Carolina.


  • In-person: $289     (includes meals and snacks throughout lab)
  • Online only: $99     (livestream the main sessions)

Register online now to reserve your spot!


(request "BGAV" rate)

Hampton Inn & Suites

5406 Glenside Drive, Richmond, VA  23228
$119 per night
804.756.1777 - online reservations

Best Western

7007 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA  23294
$79.90 per night
804.672.7007 - online reservations

Country Inn & Suites

8010 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA  23294
$87 per night
804.755.6605 - online reservations

Drury Hotels

11049 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA  23060
$109 per night

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Embassy Suites

2935 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA  23294
$139 per night
804.672.8585 - online reservations

This is an offering of the Ascent Marketing Group, a ministry of BGAV. Contact bgav@bgav.org for more information and to discuss scholarship needs.