Christmas season has officially begun, and a new streaming service some are calling “Netflix for Baptists” has content for the whole family.
ACTS 2 is streaming four family-friendly Christmas films and several Christmas musical presentations from churches, colleges and other SBC-related entities. The service is free.
“We recognize that the holidays are a time when families are together more and are certainly more focused on the gospel of Christ,” said ACTS2 programming director Jon Graham.
The network has streamed several state conventions and the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting, but to have feature films and Christmas-related programming helps the service “stay true to our word that we are trying to offer Great Commission television,” Graham said.
Looking for programs
The TV network is looking for more seasonal programming, specifically church Christmas programs that are well-produced and have wide appeal.
“Christmas is a wonderful time to sit around the TV as a family and enjoy holiday entertainment,” Graham said. “We hope to use this time to feature the beautiful work of our SBC churches, partners and entities.”
Churches that would like to give their Christmas presentations global exposure on the app can contact Graham at email@example.com or call/text the ACTS2 hotline at 224-44-ACTS2.
Archive presentations are welcome. Live streaming is also available for churches’ 2022 events (scheduled first come/first served). There is no cost for the service.
In just over a year, the ACTS2 app has grown to more than 7,800 subscribers and produced its first original program, SBC Coast to Coast (four episodes).
Early next year, the app is expected to expand to a 24/7 stream, Graham said.
“Adding the 24/7 stream of content allows us to feature 168 hours of fresh content every single week,” Graham said “We’re looking for more weekly church services and more original content from all over the SBC ecosystem. Further, this will be a great place promote SBC-related events.”
The new 24/7 stream will appropriately be named ACTS247.
The platform takes its name from Acts — “Authentically Christian, Theologically Sound” — and has taken Acts 2:1 as its theme verse hoping to become the place where all Southern Baptists are “together in one place.” But Acts 2:47 also works for the continuous broadcast.
“I long for reports of folks being saved daily from the programming we provide,” Graham said.
The app is free to download. Links for all devices can be found at ACTS2TV.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written via reports from The Alabama Baptist and The Christian Index.