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Phil Vischer, Part 1: How Pastors Can Guide the Creatives in Their Churches

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Phil Vischer is an animator, writer, voice actor and director who is known for co-creating VeggieTales alongside his friend Mike Nawrocki and for voicing dozens of VeggieTales characters, including Bob the Tomato. In 2012, Phil and his friend, Skye Jethani, launched the “Holy Post” podcast, which has since expanded to become a diverse media resource that helps believers live faithfully in our increasingly post-Christian culture.

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Key Questions for Phil Vischer

-Do you have any current projects you’re working on in kids media?

-What are your thoughts about the current state of the creativity of Christian media?

-What should pastors and church leaders say to the creatives in their church who want to use their talents for God?

-What made you get into commentary in and around Christian spaces?

Key Quotes From Phil Vischer

“I had this kind of amazing pedigreed evangelical legacy/history that had a heavy focus on: What’s the big thing you’ve done for the kingdom? You know, how much impact have you had for the kingdom? So I kind of grew up with this kingdom impact mindset.”

“I grew up with filmmaking and computers and ministry, and so wouldn’t you know it, I made the first computer animated ministry.”

“The first VeggieTales video came out two years before ‘Toy Story.’ So we were two years ahead of Pixar in terms of getting something into the market.”

“At one point there was a survey that said one-third of American homes where young children are present have purchased at least one VeggieTales video.”

“It’s just hard to make money in kids media these days for anyone. And then if you put the constraint of, it’s kind of religious, that just shrinks the funding possibilities down even further.”

“My personal theology did not change, but I looked back and thought, ‘You know, with VeggieTales, did I just spend 10 years trying to persuade kids to behave Christianly without actually explaining to them Christianity?’ And that was the motivation for ‘What’s in the Bible?’”