Iwas first introduced to the work of City on a Hill Studio through their special Christmas Experience. Christmas Experience is a six-part
Bible study for families or small groups
that also has a feature-length movie option
for those short on time. I was completely
captivated. I had never seen anything portray the Christmas story so beautifully and
powerfully before. By combining riveting
storytelling, professional production, and
the truth of God’s message to us, they created something my family is looking forward to watching again and again. But the
Christmas Experience is just one of their
many titles, and I recently had a chance
to talk about some of these titles, and the
mission behind them, with JC Williams of
City on a Hill’s marketing team.
TOS: How did City on a Hill Studio begin?
City: City on a Hill began over ten years
ago with a basic concept in mind: that the
language of story captures the heart. No
matter how much you explain something
to someone, it will never have the same
impact on a person as a story that can di-
rectly move and influence their heart. We
had a vision of pairing story (the language
of our heart) with media (the language
of our times). By doing this, we knew we
would be creating something that would
allow the message of the Gospel to reach
people and places it may never have
TOS: What is your mission?
City: Our mission is to use story and media to share Jesus, so that you may believe
and have life. We influence culture by combining relevant, faithful, and creative media
with God’s Word. We want our culture to
rediscover the need for God’s truth and
grace and be drawn into community with
Him and one another.
TOS: One of the video series that we feature on Schoolhouse Teachers.com is Not a
Fan. Can you tell us a little bit more about
City: Not a Fan is our most popular resource. We think there are several reason
1. The name begs a question: not a fan
of what? We’ve heard hundreds of stories
of people wearing their “not a fan” T-shirts
or wristbands and being asked what they
mean. It has created amazing opportunities
for conversation that have led to amazing
stories of salvation.
2. We’ve all been guilty of being a fan. We
know what it feels like to just go through the
motions of Christianity without having a real
relationship with Christ. Fans of Jesus admire
Him. Followers of Jesus know He’s Lord. They
are completely committed to Him.
3. It’s easy to understand. Not a Fan
is based on Luke 9: 23, where Jesus says, “If
any of you wants to be my follower, you
must give up your own way, take up your
cross daily, and follow me.” 1 When this
verse is taught in the context of a sto-ry, you can witness the kind of person
one is without Jesus and then who they
become with Jesus, and you see the beauty
of the Christian life.
The Media and the Message
An interview with City on a Hill Studio
by Bonnie Rose Hudson
We influence culture by combining relevant, faithful,
and creative media with God’s Word.