While choosing the best church-wide campaigns is certainly subjective, I’ve made these selections with over a decade of experience leading churches through the process of choosing, designing and launching powerful and trajectory altering church-wide campaigns. See also, How to Choose the Right Church-Wide Campaign and Church-Wide Campaign Coaching.
Here are my picks for the 5 best campaigns for fall 2015:
DVD-driven, Transformed is a 7 session study that accompanies a 7 week message series. Although this campaign launched in 2014, this is a potent theme and should be on your radar. Anchored in the apostle Paul’s profound truth in Romans 12:2, this campaign will guide and grow your church by exploring what the Bible has to say about every essential area of our lives: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Financial, and Vocational.Like all of Saddleback’s campaigns, this one is the complete package and is a true church-wide campaign with material for the whole family.
I like Transformed because it will appeal to both the congregation and the crowd (and in many situations to the community as well). Who doesn’t sense the need to change in some way? You can read my full review right here.
Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide to Freedom is a powerful seven session study by Mike Foster and Garry Poole. Built on God’s amazing grace, honest conversations with friends, and finding freedom from deepest pain and struggles, Freeway is way more than a study. It’s an experience in the very best sense of the word.
I love this study. If you’re looking for a study that will take people on a journey, a grace-filled journey, toward the life God dreams for them, you’ll love this study too. Freeway is the kind of study that will cause you to see every other study in a new light. Great stuff. I loved it and I think you will too.
You can read my full review right here.
Finding Your Way Back to God: Five Awakenings to Your New Life has the most powerful outreach potential I’ve come across in a long time. If you’ve not had a chance to spend some time with the book yet, you need to make time! This book is a game-changer!
Finding Your Way Back to God is being done as a campaign series as I write this review at Community Christian Church in the Chicago. The resources you need to put on your own campaign will be available from July to December (including sermon transcripts, small group participant/leader guides, teaching videos, series bumper video, and website graphic). You can sign up to find out more right here.
You can read my full review of the book right here.
If you’re looking for a church-wide campaign that will help your whole congregation step into mission, Life on Mission is calling your name. I found it very compelling and I think you will too.
DVD-driven, the sessions average 14 to 18 minutes in length and feature a combination of Harlow’s very engaging style of teaching, compelling stories from church members, and a collection of short vignettes by Mindy Caliguire, Tom Holladay, Gene Appel, Jud Wilhite, Lee Strobel, Cam Huxford, Kyle Idelman, Cal Jernigan and Alan Hirsch. If you’re not familiar with Tim Harlow, he is the senior pastor of Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois, one of the fastest growing churches in America for 7 of the last 10 years. I had the great privilege of serving on Tim’s staff at Parkview and am so excited that his teaching ended up in a campaign we can all take advantage of! You can read my full review right here.
Be the Message is the newest campaign from Kerry and Chris Shook, founders ofWoodlands Church, a multi-campus church with attendance of over 18,000 outside of Houston, Texas. No strangers to the development of church-wide campaigns, their previous campaigns (One Month to Live, Love at Last Sight, and Stolen) have been very popular.
Be the Message is a 5 session study based on a very simple idea: “the gospel is not about what you say. It is about who you are and what you do–and how you can be God’s hands and feet in the world.”
Truly a church-wide campaign, the Be the Message Challenge Kit includes everything you need to do this campaign at your church (weekly sermon outlines, promotional artwork, outreach ideas, and much more). Free downloadable children’s curriculum on the website makes it possible for everyone to have the same conversation. You can read my full review right here.
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