The mission of Parable Tees is to create shirts that display Christian truths in a subtle way that encourages conversation with others about the message of the shirt and what God has done in your life.
We want to empower Christians to talk about their faith by providing apparel with designs that carry subtle Biblical messages. The goal is to have people (believers and non-believers alike) ask about the t-shirt, opening the door to share the message behind the design.
On top of providing a t-shirt, we feel it is our responsibility to provide the background of the shirt as well. Every design is inspired by at least one verse from the Bible and has a detailed writeup that outlines the Biblical truth behind it and how the concept applies in our modern society.
What We Believe
- We believe that the more text there is to read, the less people tend to pay attention (so here's to keeping it short and sweet)
- We believe that people will never be able to turn to God for help and salvation if they don't hear about Him and what He offers (Romans 10:14)
- We belive that you have to respectful of anyone when you are sharing your faith and we cringe at the thought of a "believe in Jesus or burn in hell" message (1 Peter 3:15)
- We believe that Christians aren't responsible for converting a person whenever they talk about their faith. We are responsible for sharing the work God is doing in our life, but the rest is up to God (1 Corinthians 3:7)
Why We Need Your Help
We are running a Kickstarter project to raise the necessary funds for the creation of a website and to produce the first run of inventory.
Since one of the main components of Parable Tees is providing the meaning behind each of the shirts and ideas on how to talk about the shirt, it is necessary to have a website built that does so effectively (and that is best left up to the professionals).
While we do have plenty of experience in printing t-shirts, we still need the blank shirts to print on. Each dollar we raise can be stretched further by printing the t-shirts ourselves but we do need your help to successfully launch this project!
What's In It For You
Besides the pride and satisfaction of knowing that you played an integral part of funding and supporting the start of an apparel company who's mission is to spread the Gospel? I didn't know there needed to be anything else...
Totally kidding. We have an array of rewards for partnering with us to fund the startup of Parable Tees. Any and every donation amount helps and we have a reward for everything, starting at $1. You can see a complete list of what you would receive for each donation amount on the sidebar to the right, but rewards include:
~ A personalized note of gratitude
~ Parable Tee t-shirt(s) - 1 or many (you choose design, color, and size)
~ Your favorite verse made into a Parable Tee
~ A box of Parable Tees being hand delivered
Once the campaign is fully funded, you'll receive a survey where you will indicate the details about which design(s) you want, size(s), where to ship it (shipping is free!!), etc.
Finally, it's probably pretty important to talk about the shirts. They're awesome and they give you an opportunity to talk about God...what else do you need to know?
Once again, totally kidding. All of our shirts are printed on super soft, super comfy t-shirts, they have a screen printed tag (that's right, no annoying shirt tag to jab you in the back of the neck) and have the verse the design is based on printed inside the shirt.
With the exception of the Live Pure shirts (which are printed on unisex sizes), our men's shirts are printed on men's shirts and our women's shirts are printed on women's shirts. Pretty sweet, right?
$9,500 or bust
Since this is a Kickstarter project, we do need to raise 100% of our goal in order to get any of the funding. That means that if we raise $9,500, you get your money back, you don't get your reward, and Parable Tees continues to be a great idea with stellar designs that only exists in our mind.
We need all the help from you we can get! After you've donated, spread the word to anyone and everyone you know who might support the project! Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, bad knock knock jokes, teach a parrot to talk, whatever you can think of!
Together we can start to have conversations about the Good News through t-shirts!
Risks and challenges
This biggest challenge is fulfilling the rewards for everyone who donates to the project.
T-shirt rewards - I have been screen printing and mailing out t-shirts for 2 years, so I have plenty of experience getting shirts printed and shipped in a timely manner. The screens have been made for all of the designs, so I will just have to order the blank shirts, then the process of printing everything will only take a day or two.
T-shirt design rewards - this will take a little bit longer to really dive into the verse and get a full understanding of the teaching behind your favorite verse and put together the design. Reaching a design that I feel fulfills the mission of Parable Tees and satisfies the donor's taste may take a significant amount of design and redesign, but I am confident that we will be able to come up with a t-shirt that both parties and happy with.
Guest appearance rewards - the biggest challenge for this level of rewards is picking a date that works for both parties. The donor will not be responsible for covering any travel or hotel accommodations for me, so the biggest hurdle will be deciding on a date and time.
DESIGN and 5 - Have your favorite verse turned into a Parable Tee and receive five (5) t-shirts with your printed design in whichever sizes you choose. It's your favorite verse - share it with your friends!
HEAR THE MISSION LOCALLY - If you live within a 100 mile radius of Harrisburg, PA, I (Chris) will meet your group with a box containing ten (10) Parable Tees (designs and sizes chosen by you) and spend an evening discussing the meaning behind the shirts and how to effectively talk about them.
HEAR THE MISSION NATIONALLY - If you live withing the Continental US, I (Chris) will meet your group with a box containing ten (10) Parable Tees (designs and sizes chosen by you) and spend an evening discussing the meaning behind the shirts and how to effectively talk about them.