If you’re not already using RightNow Media, think Netflix. But instead of a confusing mix of old shows, Jason Statham movies, and “originals,” you get a tightly curated lineup of workshops, interviews, sermons, and other resources meant help you — and your church — grow. It’s a church library for the 21st-century church.
But RightNow is no newcomer. The company began 40 years ago when Brian Mosley’s grandfather began filming missionary documentaries and looking for ways to put them in the hands of churches. Today, the grandson is the president of RightNow, and the video platform is seeing a unique level of growth, adding upwards of 2,000 churches a year to its already tens of thousands.
Mosley sat down with Common Good executive editor Matt Rusten to talk about their history as an organization, their vision for the resources they produce, and how he sees his faith and work intertwine in a religious organization.
Many of our readers will likely have heard of RightNow Media, but how do you explain what RightNow Media does in simple terms?
Our passion is to serve the church. So when we have new people join our team, I just set the tone and say: “Look, as a ministry, our desire is to serve churches.” The specific way we do that is with video content, and we hope God uses that video content to transform the way people live.
You’ve been in business for something like 40 years. Were there significant points of change in the business model through the years?
My grandfather and my dad began traveling the world, filming documentaries of missionaries, and just thought, “If we can tell the stories of these faithful men and women — put it on the screen — then maybe God would use those stories to help inspire people to go and be missionaries.” Can we make sure we’re still getting content delivered in a way that makes sense to people? We’ve always been content focused. The distribution models have changed over the years, but the content’s the core for us.
You have a collection of content called RightNow Media at Work. And it seems like there’s a growing focus at RightNow Media to serve people in the workplace.
We have this phrase here: Being a missionary is not defined by geography, it’s about the mission you’re on. That’s been a revelation to us as a ministry, realizing many people spend their days going into the workplace. And many of them are not sure what their purpose is or how God can use that.
Can you talk about your hopes for that emphasis?
We started asking, “How can we serve business leaders as they try to live their faith out and lead with that faith in their companies?” We have a phrase that not everybody has a pastor, but almost everyone has a boss. And if Christian business leaders want to have a degree of God-centered, gospel-centered influence on those who work for them, we want to provide that leader with tools to help them do that.
We’re trying to put a library of content in front of the business leader that not only helps them understand and exercise their faith a little bit more as a business leader, but also that they can put in front of their people and say, “I care about you. I want you to be not only better at work, but I want you to be better at home. And I want to help you with some content that addresses those home issues like parenting or marriage or finance or mental health.”
We have about 1,500 businesses that subscribe to RightNow Media at Work, and they get to take that content and share it with any and all of their employees. That’s my hope.