Pray for persecuted Christians to remain hopeful, diligent and safe this Easter

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A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt following two church bombings on Sunday 9 April, which killed at least 44 people and injured over 100 people. [ Images: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters ]“The latest bombings and killings of Christians in Egypt have highlighted again the need for solidarity, aid, and prayers for persecuted Christians around the world.

This has been called the single deadliest day of violence against Egyptian Christians in decades. It comes as attacks against Christians have increased in recent months. Earlier this year, Islamic State announced they would be targeting Egyptian Christians.

Open Doors contact in Egypt said, “One of the most joyful days for Christians in Egypt is Palm Sunday… The joyful day turned into a painful tragedy.”

He heard about the first attack as he was leaving to go to his own church service with his family. Shortly after his service finished he heard about the second attack, “…doubling our pain and deepening our shock.”

A national study on religion, spirituality & worldview trends 

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https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-30026465-208245909247-1-original.jpgThe Faith and Belief in Australia Research is brought to you by Olive Tree Media, Christian Media & Arts Australia, Christian Schools Australia and MTS (Ministry Training Strategy). The results will be presented in Melbourne, Sydney and in an open to the public session at CONNECT17 on the Gold Coast.

The 2017 findings will be presented by McCrindle Research.

CMA SPARC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

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Announcing the winners of the 2015 prize

The CMA SPARC Development Prize is designed to encourage new and/or emerging Producers to develop ‘Easter Focused’ Multi-Platform Films (ie: Television Special and Online/Digital).

The Development Prize provides: a strategic pathway, professional support and funding as well as a unique opportunity to develop engaging faith based stories for a broad Australian Audience.

Each year applicants submit proposals and ideas for consideration. This year the prize included a production budget prize to the value of $40,000 including cash and production

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This year there was a significant increase in entries with high production values and a wide variety of genres and concepts.

The candidates were asked to submit production proposals surrounding the theme ‘This Thing Called Love’ that would be suitable for a specific demographic across the broadcast platform (7 network nationally) and yesHEis (online/ internationally).

The winning application came from Amy Dwight at Indimax, a Melbourne based production company. Amy will be working with Ben Whimpey (Producer) and Peter Brewer (Post Production) to produce a Television special, comprised of three short dramas.

The special will broadcast on Channel 7 on Easter Sunday, on the Australian Christian Channel and as a yesHeis online campaign.

YesHEis.com is a platform designed to equip Christians with the tools to share their faith online.

 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR IRAQ ACROSS AUSTRALIA – 23 August, 2014

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MEDIA RELEASE

DAY OF PRAYER FOR IRAQ 23 August 2014 - across Australia

Christians in Iraq are desperately suffering.

In the past few weeks alone, tens of thousands of Christians have been displaced. Some Christians, including children – unwilling or unable to leave cities and towns taken over by IS (Islamic State, formally known as ISIS) militants – have paid the ultimate price.

The stories of the destruction of Iraqi monuments and culture are huge. Major cities, like Mosul and Iraq’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh, have been emptied of Christians and other minorities, including moderate Muslims. For the first time in more than 1600 years, there have been no Sunday church services in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul – until recently home to thousands of Christians, all of whom fled in mid-July when they were told to convert to Islam, pay an ongoing tax or face death. Crosses have been taken down from churches, religious texts and manuscripts have been burned and some churches have been converted to headquarters for militants or, in at least one case, a barn for keeping animals.

IS militants stripped families of everything at checkpoints on their way out of the cities – Canon Andrew White of St George’s Church, the only Anglican church in Baghdad, tells of meeting a Christian woman in Qaraqosh whose finger had been cut off because she was unable to remove her wedding ring. Another father spoke of everything being taken from his family – right down to the 22 cents in pocket money carried by his young son.

In Iraq today, thousands of Christians now own nothing but the clothes on their backs. Open Doors is working with local churches in Iraq, Syria and other nations in the region to provide emergency relief packages, pastoral care and other practical help. But one of the most vital ways Christians in countries like Australia can support those in Iraq is through prayer.

On 23 August, Open Doors Australia is inviting church and prayer groups and individuals to join in a Day of Prayer for Iraq. Prayer is of vital importance to church leaders and all Christians of Iraq and the Middle East. Thousands of Christians around Australia have already committed to attending an event in their church and other venues – and many more are encouraged to take part.

Open Doors Australia staff are available for interview about the current crisis in Iraq and how Australians can become involved in the Day of Prayer for Iraq on 23 August.

Open Doors has also created a new blog and is joining in the WeareN campaign with ن symbol t-shirts now available. For more information on this, and the Day of Prayer for Iraq on 23 August, please visit opendoors.org.au or the Open Doors Australia Facebook page. For interviews, please contact Alicia at Open Doors on 02 9451 2999 or  mediaoda@od.org 

Exciting new Leadership Change for CMA

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I am pleased to let you know about an exciting new chapter in the life of Christian Media Australia with the announcement of Nathan Brown to be appointed as our new CEO.

Nathan is already very familiar to many of our members, as he’s been involved with CMA for nearly a decade, having served on the Board for the past 9 years.

The Bible – Strong Ratings Result

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Christian Media Australia – PRESS RELEASE
17 July 2013

THE BIBLE SERIES
Strong Ratings Results
Last nights premiere screening of The Bible Series has delivered Channel 9 a Strong Ratings Result with 1.181 Million People tuning in.
NB: For average figures see below.

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OzTAM: The Bible premiered strongly with both episodes comprehensive time-slot winners with all key demographics: People 25-54, 18-49, 16-39 and Total People across the 5 City Metro.

The Bible first episode scored a peak audience of 1.181 million and
averaged 880,000 viewers across the 5 City Metro and was a top five performer for the night overall with People 25-54, 18-49 and 16-39.

It’s also getting some positive reviews, after the initial lack of support by the local media industry in Australia.

MediaWeek: Review by James Manning
We were expecting the worst after a one-star review of The Bible.
But guess what…it was very watchable. And an average audience of over 800,000 stuck around to watch both episodes last night. And get this – it wasn’t old-timers either. Curios youngsters tuned in with the first ep ranking #4 for the night and episode two #6.

#TheBibleAU also Trended strongly on Twitter last-night peaking at Number One in Australia.
NB: It’s important to engage the conversation in every sphere. Twitter is an environment that seems to bring out strong responses from people. I encourage you to engage the conversation with civility and grace.

What to do now:

1// Congratulate Channel 9 and Encourage them to continue supporting The Bible.
Whist last nights ratings showed a strong result, we need to make sure that we continue to encourage Channel 9 to support the remainder of the series. Send them a short note indicating how much you valued The Bible series and importantly, indicate that you’ll be watching next week.

How to Contact Channel 9
- Phone & Postal Contact Info
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Channel9
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/Channel9 (or @Channel9 – use #TheBibleAU)

2// Read The Bible and Engage the Conversation.
This is a significant opportunity to engage the broader conversation through Social Media and Online, but it’s just as crucial to “wisely” engage the conversation in your work places, in the community and at home.

The experience from the US suggests that because of the media profile of The Bible series, people were able to have meaningful and life transforming conversations in areas and situations that previously seemed closed off. Ultimately it’s not in your strength or ability, but by the grace of God that people’s hearts are moved towards knowing and understanding his Love and Hope, but we also need to start the conversation.

There are a number of great Australian Organisations providing practical support and resource materials, and I encourage you to take advantage of them, both for yourselves and to help others.

The Bible Society Australia is a great place to start – they will have a weekly discussion video for each episode of the The Bible series, as well as other great resources.

There are also a number of Ministries and Media Partners developing and sharing content for Broadcasters through Christian Media Australia’s Media Point Service. NB: Access is for CMA Members.

3// Continue to Actively Support The Bible series.
This is an important commitment for Channel 9, but if the support slows down, it can easily loose momentum with the network. We believe The Bible series is a strong opportunity to get the Gospel out in Australia and we therefore need to get behind it and make each screening a success.

“We want to encourage every Christian in Australia to get behind the series and show Channel Nine that the Christian audience has a strong voice in this country.”

As Christian leaders in our community we need to do all that we can to get behind this great series, and make a significant mark on the ratings.

Thank you for your support in making the Premiere Screening of The Bible series a success.
Make a date to watch The Bible each week, because your continuing support (by watching the series) can be the difference with keeping it on air.

Read The Bible, Engage the Conversation, and I personally ask you to use both your professional and personal networks to let people know that The Bible Series will be screening on Channel 9, Tuesday Nights at 9pm (NB: please follow your local guides).

Best regards,

Mark Reddy
CEO
Christian Media Australia

THE BIBLE: Next Episode TUESDAY, JULY 23, AT 9.00PM ON NINE