An animation studio in Portland, Oregon has revolutionized the accessibility of the Bible to millions of people. What started as a brainstorming session among college friends Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, has now evolved into one of the most successful ventures for enhancing Bible understanding. Their shared goal was to encourage more individuals to engage with and comprehend the Bible effectively. This led to the creation of BibleProject, an experimental Bible animation project. Initially, they released only two videos online in 2014 for their friends. However, in less than a decade, BibleProject has expanded its reach exponentially. It has produced over 180 videos and 350 podcast episodes, garnering an impressive 620 million views across 200 countries. With a global subscriber base exceeding five million, BibleProject has moved gone beyond offering educational content to providing seminary-level classes to its audience.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Tucked away in a quiet Portland neighborhood is an animation studio that is opening the Bible to millions in a new and fresh way.
An idea of some college buddies has become one of the most successful ways for people to understand the Bible.
During their college days, long-time friends Tim Mackie and Jon Collins would kick around ideas on how to get more people to read the Bible and understand it better.
The result was a Bible animation experiment called BibleProject, and it was only two videos, posted online in 2014 for their friends.
Less than ten years later, BibleProject has created over 180 videos and 350 podcast episodes over the internet, with over 620 million views in over 200 countries, and over five million subscribers worldwide, even offering seminary-level classes.
Michael McDonald, Chief Global Focus and Strategic Relationships Officer at BibleProject told us, “None of us were smart enough to think we would create this big nonprofit out of this. This really was a passion project of two friends who thought, ‘I think this would be helpful to not only just us, but some of our friends.’ And the crowd just caught up so fast in not only watching the videos but wanting more of them. And they started helping fund them just with, you know, five bucks here, ten bucks there. And then we had enough funds to make another video and away we went.”
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