Building Your Multimedia Ministry

 You felt moved to minister, now newly ordained nothing can bring you down. Announcing your achievement, you brace for the flood of offers to officiate area weddings, blessing services and funerals. Instead you spend a lot of time answering the question, “Where’s Your Church?”
Ministers without a brick and mortar building are often at a loss for how to begin. If you want to reach a global audience, the task seems even more out of reach without that building.
Unfortunately, there are not enough pastorless churches to accommodate the newly ordained. What option does this leave you? I used inexpensive creative solutions to solve my problem and get my message to the world. I created a multimedia ministry. Could this be your way to connect with your target audience too?
Now you have questions! Where do I start? Is it expensive? What skills do I need? Certainly, you need to develop your public speaking, and writing skills for sermons and scripts. Join a local club like the Rotary, or take continuing education courses at the area community college. Libraries are a great resource for free lectures and books to assist you. With faith and determination, you too can build a global audience that follows your blogs, podcasts and is an interested audience for your books and lectures.
My best tip is to blend trending topics, related historical facts or spiritual practices into your message, and then use social networks to promote your podcasts and build your audience. Also, the easiest guests to book for an interview are authors looking to promote their newest works.
If this seems too daunting, try joining an established ministry, group or charity that fits your message that has the leadership already in place. Early on I was an assistant youth minister with an established church in my area. I helped them grow their youth ministry and I was given the freedom to create a Youth Drama Group. It was a gift to me to see shy teenagers blossom into competitive performers winning competitions and perform plays and pageants that moved congregations to tears, and to place new importance on their spiritual life.
Blessings on your journey,
Rev. Teal L. Gray N.D.
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More Questions for Teal

 

Some common Questions for Teal Gray:

What is Ecopsychology Nature-Connected Education?

It is accredited through Portland State University and encompasses Art, Science, Counseling and Healing with Nature, which works because it’s done with the consent of Nature, helping us create authentic moments that at times go neglected or have never fully been tapped into.

I have countless clients with stories of unfulfilling hamster wheel lives lived in office cubicles with no windows, 30-minute lunch breaks and inability to even go to the bathroom if not within the 2 daily 15 minute breaks.

 

Why is this type of education important to you?

I myself fell into a time where my career in business consumed most of my time. One particularly burned out evening, coming home late, it hit me as I reached my front gate before entering my front house, a voice asked “How long has it been since you looked up?” Wow! It had been so long that I could not remember..weeks, maybe months!

That was a major wake up call for someone who’s youth was spent outdoors. Everyday.

And my search to began to repair my connection and then assist others.

 

 

You are also a paranormal investigator, what did you learn about spirits during your investigations?

Generally they are curious and excited to be heard.

There are different types of hauntings, residual, intelligent..and everyone should know there are different entities that you could be in contact with Giving interspecies communication a whole new meaning.

Departed humans, such as ancestors and loved ones

Spirit guides, Saints, Ascended Masters and Intergalactic Entities.

Light Angels, who were never human but are created beings, operating on a very high vibration that protects and heals.

Dark Angels are powerful created beings that feed on the negative lower vibrations, and do not have your best interest as part of their plan.

Protecting yourself at the beginning and end of your investigations are a good idea.

 

The Granbury Doll House – Preserving Memories

The Granbury Doll House resides in an enchanting, two story historic beauty built in 1905. You will find it nestled behind a charming little fence, on a tree lined street, right off the square in Granbury, Texas.
Cradled within its walls is a magnificent collection of dolls from around the world. Even with over 2500 adoptions, I mean donations, there is still plenty of love available for future arrivals. This museum is a must see for all ages. Men, women and children will find some treasure to interest them in this vast collection. The Granbury Doll House resides in an enchanting, two story historic beauty built in 1905. You will find it nestled behind a charming little fence, on a tree lined street, right off the square in Granbury, Texas.

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As you make your way through the rooms, you will see everything from Madame Alexander collections, to glorious antique dolls of all types. Turn your head, and G.I. Joe is ready for action. Look in another direction to see Girl Scout and Brownie dolls that bring back a flood of happy memories to many. Your heart will melt at the sight of baby dolls blissfully sleeping in delicate lace. Another room brings Thai dancers, ballerinas, beautiful brides, and even a rare blonde 1922 Dolly Reckord doll. Most of them had brown hair. The voice is heard through a miniature phonograph activated by a crank sticking out of the doll’s back, which was invented by Thomas Edison. I will never forget the lovely child’s voice reciting a nursery rhyme to me, that was recorded over 94 years ago!

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If you admire or collect miniatures, spend some time in the back room just past the kitchen. There, you will find several Dollhouses filled with tiny delights. One beauty that was my favorite, has the maker’s ancestors gazing back at you from tiny frames in each room.

Many are grateful the museum opened four years ago on November 22, which happens to be my mother’s birthday. I was fortunate to visit with founders and sisters, Barbara Williams and Jane Sharp recently. The ladies told me many touching stories of people who have donated to the museum.  The ladies told me, “They carry them like a living child, one by one, from the car into the museum.”
Donors are comforted, knowing their cherished dolls will continue to stay in the little family groups they built through a lifetime of collecting. Happy in the knowledge they will not be sold or discarded after they pass away.

It is definitely worth your time and donation to visit, haunted or not. But it is! I never felt anything negative, but there was a lot of activity the night I was invited to join Texas RIP Team to investigate. For me, the highest concentration of energy was located near the stairs and the rooms to each side of the kitchen. There is a beautiful blonde, green-eyed doll standing guard at the kitchen entrance. A mischievous boy doll on top of the refrigerator with a big smile on his face, seemed delighted we were there. We received many confirmations to our questions, using various paranormal equipment. The spirits seem to be very happy with Barbara and Jane running the museum. I can’t wait to go back and spend time looking at the many doll filled rooms. One visit is just not enough!

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The Granbury Doll House museum located at 421 Bridge Street, Granbury, Tx 76048, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00. If you see the American flag flying from the porch, they are ready to greet you!
Private tours are also available by calling (817)-894-5194.
Follow them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/TheGranburyDollHouse

Teal L. Gray

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Where Do Monsters Go To Fit In

Where can a Monster go to fit in if they are afraid of the dark?
When they feel uncomfortable in tight places, so never sleep under the bed but on top with a nightlight instead?
Where can a Monster find friends to play in the sunshine and pick pretty flowers to wear in their hair?
When everyone they know throws rocks and breaks things instead.
It’s hard to fit in at home when you paint your room with rainbows and butterflies instead of lightning bolts and flames.
It’s hard to fit in when you like clothes nobody else is wearing.
Sometimes when you feel very odd and very alone, you stumble upon someone who feels just the same as you and they have more friends like you too!
You discover you wasted a lot of time trying to fit in, and you weren’t a Monster like you were told.
Just you, unique, wonderful, beautiful you!
By: Teal L. Gray