Behind the scenes with the BerryBunch

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Filming Endurance, Behind The Scenes

I’ve been hearing the same thing of late, from quite a few people. And it goes something like this:

“How are you able to produce so much? I can’t do that”.

So, let me pull the curtain back a little, to the world of the BerryBunch – in the hope that I can encourage you in your own serving of God.

But, firstly, do you have any specific questions you’d like us to answer about what we do, how we do it, or why we do it? Let us know and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Right now

Let me give you a few numbers to put the following in perspective. Because, every week, we regularly produce up to 10 to 12 videos, plus associated posts, plus separate posts that aren’t related to the videos we make. That’s quite a few hours to produce it all!

We also get an average of 10,000 visitors just to our website each week, with lots of people liking posts, watching videos or kindly commenting on what we produce.

So how do we all of this without being exhausted? Well, I definitely know what extreme tiredness is having been a trucker, a small business entrepreneur and having worked in full-time ministry in churches – careers where a 60 hour week would be generally considered a light week!

I also know that we aren’t working at full capacity either. The fact that Jo works full time, in order to free me up to do ministry the way we do, is a huge help to having the time to do everything that has to happen each week – so you can enjoy our resources.

So how do we produce so much?

Well, to be honest, it’s actually pretty easy: Planning, Preparation and Prayer!!!

We pray about everything a lot! We chat through everything, as a family, and we plan out everything to fairly strict boundaries, which makes being flexible far simpler and reduces the workload for everybody: we all know what each of us is doing and know we can trust one another to get done what is needed.

We really do function very well as a family, as we’ve been serving in ministry together now for a long time (Steven was often in a baby sling while Jo was singing alongside me, while we were leading worship and that involvement never really changed – it just grew as we had more children 😊 ).

The fact we get on so well, and love spending time together, is another big help!

So what’s it like behind the camera, rather than in front of it?

It’s quite exciting really!

Saturday is our main filming day, with all five of us involved making it all come to life. From there we then edit the videos, edit the audio, generate the posts for social media, podcasts and our own website, and hit the “Schedule” button.

Sunday is always a full day off. Working a 6 day week (Saturdays are treated like a normal working day) is simply a biblical model we’ve followed for as far back as I can remember throughout our marriage.

Every week we have a prayer meeting together – which we see as the most critical part of all that we do. There’s little point in doing something if God is not leading us to do it!

We also have a pretty thorough planning meeting – where we discuss each of the episodes we’re intending to produce. And, in the build up to our filming day, people go off and make their own preparation for whatever it is they are being filmed for.

Every episode has it’s own printed outline which we use on the day for making notes on what we’ve been doing, and there’s a template we created on the back that we work through as we edit the video, or audio, so anybody can step in at any point, and know where things are at.

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Delegation and trust are key – it makes everything so much simpler!

And that’s about it.

We know that God has called us to do this, so we do it with all that we are, for His kingdom. Also, we only produce material we’re inspired to produce by the Holy Spirit. If we’re not inspired, we don’t do it. Simples.

Well, there you go, a little glimpse behind the camera at what we get up to.

Let us know if you want to know anything else.

Andy B

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