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If You're Going to Herd Cats ... You'll Need a Big Mouse

The publication of "If You're Going to Herd Cats, You'll Need a Big Mouse" book on creating and implementing vision in the church.

If You're Going to Herd Cats ... You'll Need a Big Mouse

The publication of "If You're Going to Herd Cats, You'll Need a Big Mouse" book on creating and implementing vision in the church.

$1,739
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 30 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 30, 2019

About

It took five years to write If You've Got to Herd Cats, You'll Need a Big Mouse. 

Research

     Conversations

          Testing

               Getting feedback 

It all took more time that I expected.

In fact, it took me longer to write this book than another other one I've written. 

But this is the first book I've written that needed an illustrator and I'm excited to introduce Mr. Ollie (Tim Oliphant) to the world of book publishing.

Now it's time to send it to press, to promote it, and to get it into the hands of  church leaders who are struggling to find, create, develop, articulate, and implement their God-given vision.  And we need your help to do that.

Whether you're clergy or lay, denominational or non, you certainly know church leaders who need this book. Your support will help us turn this dream into a reality. 

Why the Church Needs Herding Cats 

I started writing If You've Got to Herd Cats, You'll Need a Big Mouse when it became apparent to me that few church members could articulate a compelling vision for the future – and a lot of church leaders were equally flummoxed when asked to describe what they wanted their church to look like in five years.  

Without vision, the people perish

Herding Cats isn't just another "think about vision" book, it's a hands-on, step-by-step, workbook set in the story of Pastor Kent Clark, the not-so-Superman pastor who learns the hard way why creating and implementing vision can be so tough. 

Here's what Bill Easum, church thought leader, consultant, and retired mega-church pastor said about it: "If you’re looking for a book on leadership and turnaround not only to learn from but also to share with your key leaders, then look no further. I couldn’t put the book down until I discovered how to ride the Big Mouse.  The book is an entertaining and educational journey into the turnaround process. Chapter 8.1 is worth the price of the book."

Really ... the North American church could use this book today. 

The Herding Cats and Big Mouse Metaphors

If you've ever had to lead a church, you know that the herding cats metaphor is apt. The church is God's gift to the world, but it's also as fickle and fluid as, well, a herd of cats. 

The prime metaphor for the book, therefore, is that if you have to herd cats, you'll need to use a big mouse. In fact, if you want to get every cats attention, you'll want to have the biggest mouse in the room. If you've got the biggest mouse, the cats will naturally want to "chase" it. 

Your big mouse is your vision. If you have a God-given, God-sized vision, that's a Big Mouse that will capture the hearts and imaginations of the your congregation. 

There are other metaphors in the book as well ... Rats, Mischiefs of Mice, and Glarings of Cats. But you'll have to read the book to dive into them!

The Investment

One thing about Kickstarter is that if the project is not fully funded, then no one pays a dime and we receive nothing. Our goal of $3,750 is HUGE. It's a lot of money. I hope to show you in the information below how we plan to spend your investment in the book. However, there is no limit to how much we can receive for a project, so we've also included a few more levels so you can see what more funding could provide for getting the book into the hands of more churches and pastors.

Our Personal Investment To Date

  • Bill T-B has completed writing the book
  • Tim "Mr. Ollie" Oliphant drew 33 original cartoons to illustrate the book
  • The manuscript has been edited for publication
  • The art and type has been laid out and is ready for publication
  •  BigMouse.Vision website has been built and populated
  • We've received a handful of reviews and recommendations (more to follow!)

What We'll Do with $3750

  • $2600 – Print 250 hardback copies of Herding Cats 
  • $400 – Purchase initial shipping materials
  • $750 – Launch an initial promotional campaign

What We Could Do with $5000

  • $2600 – Print 250 hardback copies of Herding Cats 
  • $400 – Purchase initial shipping materials
  • $1000 – Launch an extended promotional campaign
  • $1000 – Send 50 preview copies of the book to key leaders for review/endorsement

What We Could Do with $10000

  • $2600 – Print 250 hardback copies of Herding Cats 
  • $400 – Purchase initial shipping materials
  • $1000 – Launch an extended promotional campaign
  • $1000 – Send 50 preview copies of the book to key leaders for review/endorsement
  • $5000 – Schedule five Big Mouse Vision training events in major cities

What We Could Do with $15,000

  • $4800 – Print 500 hardback copies of Herding Cats 
  • $700 – Purchase initial shipping materials
  • $3500 – Launch a regional promotional campaign
  • $1000 – Send 50 preview copies of the book to key leaders for review/endorsement
  • $5000 – Schedule five Big Mouse Vision training events in major cities

What We Could Do with $20,000

  • $4800 – Print 500 hardback copies of Herding Cats 
  • $700 – Purchase initial shipping materials
  • $3500 – Fund a national promotional campaign with a publicist
  • $1000 – Send 50 preview copies of the book to key leaders for review/endorsement
  • $10,000 – Schedule ten Big Mouse Vision training events in major cities

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We can't express how grateful we are that you even made it to this page and investing your time reading about the book and the impact it could have on churches across the US. Thank you for considering a pledge to help us get the word out. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Risks and challenges

Of course, the biggest risk is not getting the funding ... at which case we're back at square one. We believe Big Mouse is a keepsake book and needs to be hardback, but if we can't raise the funding, we'll have to send it to a traditional publisher and settle for paperback. And a book with illustrations as handsome as the ones Mr. Ollie created just won't be the same in paperback.

The only other risk is publishing timelines ... our publisher assures us of a very quick turnaround ... 10 days max, so the biggest risk is shipping the hardback book two weeks later than anticipated (and we've built in some cushion time, so we don't anticipate any delays).

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