Helping the Millennial Generation (ages 18 to 32) Follow Jesus, Stay in Church, and Make an Amazing Impact in the Body of Christ.
UPDATE 3.0: Youth Group or Small Group?
My gratitude continues to spill over for the overwhelming support you all have shown for this project! This will be the last update you will receive for some time, Lord-willing. I certainly don't want to clutter inboxes. Yuck!
I just posted this on Facebook (with youth groups and small groups in mind, especially—though this is open to everyone): Now that we've gone FAR past our goal, my wife and I are dying to GIVE BACK. Using the extra money we've raised to subsidize the cost of materials and shipping, we're offering the hardcover book and physical DVD Series for $5 per set.
With exactly 10 hours to go before the deadline, here's how this will work: Pledge anywhere between $25 and $50—and for every $5, you will receive a set of the hardcover and copy of the DVD Series.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE! PRAISE GOD!
UPDATE 2.0: Pledging for the $13 Reward After You've Already Made a Pledge
I've received messages from several of you who are trying to pledge for the $13 reward ON TOP of your previous pledge. Kickstarter recognizes this as a change in your pledge amount—not a second pledge. SO, here's how we're going to fix this:
For anyone who'd like these materials (ebook, personalized hardcover, DVD Series) for the wholesale price of $13, simply hit the "Manage Your Pledge" button and "up" your pledge in increments of $13. (Kickstarter will let me know of the change so that I can ship the right quantities).
Example: add $13 for one set of the three items, $26 for two sets, and $39 for three sets (I can't go any farther because my math is SO bad!). =D
There is less than 24 hours to go, and I'm THRILLED for this opportunity to give the materials away at wholesale. If you have friends or family who'd benefit from these resources, please consider letting them know about this opportunity.
And if you know someone who cannot afford the $13 (but wants the ebook/hardcover/DVD Series), have them email me and I'll send the materials to them as well (as many as I can afford by the time the project is ready to ship).
You all are truly incredible. This is so FUN connecting with the Body of Christ and seeing our great God and King do His amazing wonders. Much love to all of you! =D
P.S. Please email me (email@example.com) if you have any other questions/concerns!
UPDATE!: NEW WHOLESALE REWARD!
Because we've met our goal (PRAISE GOD!), this reward is completely wholesale: You will receive the ebook, hardcover book, and DVD Series for $13!
Thank you for the 260 Facebook shares...
Thank you for the endless tweets...
Thank you for the blog posts...
Thank you for putting up with me...
Thank you for encouraging me...
Thank you for E V E R Y T H I N G...
...especially the $9,041 (100%) you've now pledged...
And a big, BIG, BIGGEST BIG THANK YOU to my God and Savior, who shows me more and more that life is about walking on water and moving mountains more than comfort zones and hiding in holes...
This is crazy. When God calls you to do something, He provides for it. Thank you, Jesus!
With 54 hours to go before the Kickstarter deadline, I've created a new reward for anyone who would like my ebook, hardcover book, and DVD Series for wholesale price (shipping included): $13.
I will be in touch with all of you Kickstarter Backers in the months ahead as we make this DVD Series a reality.
Crazy, crazy, crazy...
Filling the Gaping Hole in the Lives of My Generation
Welcome, my friend in Christ! I'm so thrilled that you're here. Chances are that you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew or niece who has left the church physically or emotionally.
As you may have read, Millennials (ages 18 to 32) see the church as heavy on tradition, but light on conviction. Packed with people, but empty of relationships. Overflowing with smiles, but dry in authenticity. So they leave in search of something that looks more real, loving, and purposeful—like Jesus.
This DVD Series combines biblical truth and practical application to help Millennials see that Jesus wants them to make an amazing impact for Him in the church. God has already provided a skilled videographer and professional equipment. The only thing missing? Money. So I started this Kickstarter campaign, and now I'm praying hard that God would use this DVD Series to fill the gaping hole in the lives of my generation.
What are Some of the DVD's Core Concepts?
- Core Concept 1: Jesus loves His Bride and will never give up on her—neither should we. The Millennial Generation believes that Jesus would burst through the doors and turn over tables in most churches. This DVD Series helps them see that for every church in which Jesus would turn tables, there are one hundred more in which He would enter and say, "He who has ears, let him hear."
- Core Concept 2: Church is a place where we can help others reject status quo Christianity and embrace the Way of Jesus. The Millennial Generation believes that people in the church are stuck in mediocrity. This DVD Series helps them see that God wants Millennials to be a light not only to the lost, but also to their brothers and sisters in church who are living lukewarm lifestyles.
- Core Concept 3: We must take purposeful action within our churches—starting with ourselves. The Millennial Generation believes that leaving the church is the best thing they can do. This DVD Series introduces a new thought: that being humble and fearless in spurring on the Body of Christ to love, good works, and action, is the best thing they can do (Heb 10:23-25).
How You Can Help Create this DVD Series
If this Kickstarter campaign reaches the minimum in pledges, then the DVDs will be produced and made available free-of-charge digitally to thousands of Millennials. If it doesn't reach the minimum, none of the backers will be charged and the DVDs are not created. It's all or nothing. Below are three vital things you can do to make this project a success:
- ONE—Please PRAY that God would "do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!" (Eph 3:20-21). “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
- TWO—Please send a personal email about this DVD Series to a friend or family member, or write a personal message about it on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. Also, sharing the video above is vitally important, as it encapsulates the mission God has put on my heart and tells the sad-but-hopeful story of the Millennial Generation (Share buttons are located directly beneath the video).
- THREE—Become a “Backer” at the highest possible level ($25, $50, $75 $100, $150, $200, $300, $400, $500) by choosing one of the cool rewards to the right of your screen. If you do not want a reward, that option is available as well. But I REALLY want to bless you with a reward!
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (email me for my number) if you have any questions or concerns about this project. I’m here to listen, talk, pray, discuss, or all of the above. Much grace and peace to you!
This is best summed up in the heading of the project: "Helping the Millennial Generation (ages 18 to 32) Follow Jesus, Stay in Church, and Make an Amazing Impact in the Body of Christ." These are the three main purposes of my book/DVD.
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My book/DVD is for 18- to 32-year-olds who’ve left the church physically or emotionally. They refer to themselves as followers of Jesus and want to see more unity and fewer denominational squabbles. But what they fail to see is that Jesus wants them to love His Bride (i.e. not leave) AND make an amazing impact in the lives of others in the Body.
A secondary audience is that of young believers who still live at home, go to church, hear lots of Christian messages, but have yet to truly commit themselves to Jesus or His Church. They read good books that their moms and dads buy them, such as Do Hard Things (Multnomah). But they need to come face-to-face with Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and God's purpose for their lives: to love Him, to use their gifts for Him, and to make an incredible impact in the lives of believers and nonbelievers alike for the purpose of the Kingdom—all of which is addressed in my book/DVD.
A third audience is that of pastors, elders, and youth workers who would like 1) a sneak peek into the spiritual problem of the younger generation; and 2) who want to proactively help young people commit themselves to the Body of Christ and make an amazing impact for Jesus. My book/DVD focuses on what young people can and should do. But how much more empowered would they be if our pastors, elders, and parents knew how to help them? We are the Body, and we are in this together!
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Yes, my book/DVD is meant to help young people serve the King in an inside-out fashion, meaning in the church and out from it. It is very easy reading and filled with practical ideas and biblical support.
Thanks for reading! =D
Yes and no. The first call to action of my book/DVD is to follow Jesus, which is a charge to let Jesus change us to be more like Him. Another call to action is to be a light not only to the lost, but to our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. This is a packed statement that, boiled down, means yes: help your fellow Christians grow (sanctification) by being a light the Spirit can use in others (My personal story: I went from being lukewarm to on fire for Jesus because of other Christians who shined in front of me). The "no" part of this answer is that this project is not about promoting a generation to be rebellious church-goers who shake their fists at the not-so-pretty aspects of the Body.
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Yes and no. Yes in the sense that there are a lot of practical action steps. No in that it isn't a how-to book. =D
Number one answer: it will show them that, if they're truly committed to following Jesus, then they need to love the Body of Christ (because that's the Way of Jesus!). Not just a group of friends made up of people who share their passions, likes, and theology. But a Body that's messy, mirrors New Testament structure, and is filled with differences.
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As stated in the video, "sometimes words aren't enough." Just as Francis Chan uses video in his books, the younger generation needs visual components. That's why I'm creating this DVD series, which will also be linked to from the book. The DVD complements the book and allows me to express the content through body language and tone of voice, which are huge parts of communication—especially with young people.
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Hopefully because of my heart, which I pray comes through in the video and written content of my Kickstarter Project. My heart is to help young people follow Jesus, stay in church, and make an impact within the Body of Christ. This is a nation-wide problem facing the church, and my book/DVD gives a nation-wide calling that may or may not impact thousands of lives. Heralding this message is God's calling on my life for such a time as this and is, hopefully, confirmed first by the expression of my heart, and second by the fact that the project's concept is backed by a big Christian publishing house with numerous excellent men and women of God (Randy Alcorn, Kay Arthur, John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Josh McDowell, James Dobson, Elizabeth George, Joni Eareckson Tada).
Thanks for reading! =D
My plan is to 1) Make a limited edition for all of the Backers of the project; 2) Include a DVD with each book sold; and 3) Most importantly, give away the DVD Series for free digitally (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.).
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Pledge $2 or more
10 backers Limited (70 of 80 left)
NEW REWARD: Get the hardcover book personalized to you plus the DVD Series! (Yea, serious).Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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You will receive a digital download of my book, "Following Jesus Without Leaving the Church."Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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NEW REWARD: Because we've met our goal (PRAISE GOD!), this reward is completely wholesale: You will receive the ebook, hardcover book, and DVD Series for $13!Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $25 or more
As above, but you will also receive the DVD Series (limited edition) and a copy of my book. I'll even personalize it with handwriting my English teacher dubbed, "3rd grader."Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $25 or more
2 backers Limited (13 of 15 left)
NEW REWARD! Now that we've gone FAR past our goal, I'm dying to GIVE BACK. Here's how this will work: Pledge anywhere between $25 and $50, and for every $5, you will receive a set of the hardcover book and DVD Series! This would be great for youth groups and small groups. EXAMPLE: Pledge $25 and you will receive five each of the hardcover and DVD Series. Or pledge $50 and you will receive 10 each of the hardcover and DVD Series.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $50 or more
As above, but your name will be listed in the credits of the DVD Series. I could even list your "Blues" name. Mine is "Sticky Fingers McGee."Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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As above, but you will receive THREE DVDs and copies of my book for you to give to friends, family, or perhaps that son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew or niece. Or maybe as a white elephant gift. We're all in need of those. =DEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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As above, but you will also receive a 30-minute Skype session with me. Discuss writing and publishing, the church, or perhaps brainstorm with me about your book idea or have me go over your writing.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $200 or more
As above, but also the opportunity to pitch your book idea to Kathleen Kerr (Senior Editor, Harvest House) and David Van Diest (Literary Agent, D.C. Jacobson & Associates) on a conference call. I will also be on the call, moderating and most likely cracking lame jokes. You will receive invaluable advice from the pros and maybe even snatch their attention.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $300 or more
As above, but you will receive a total of 10 DVDs and copies of my book—perfect for a small group study. Plus my eternal gratitude! (Okay, you get that with ANY pledge).Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
Pledge $400 or more
As above, but I will come speak at your church following the release of the DVD Series + book! (And if your church does an offering to help me cover the cost of travel, I'll give away my book/DVD Series for FREE to as many families as I possibly can.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $500 or more
Tailor a reward specifically to what you'd like. Want 10 books/DVDs? Plus Skype or phone calls? A weekend conference at your church? I want your pledge to bless you richly, so I'll email you to figure out what works best.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013