Looking for a church-wide campaign that connects with neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members? Maybe one that is on a topic that unchurched people care about and in a language that won’t require a translator? That’s what I call a cross-cultural church-wide campaign.
Here are my 5 favorites right now.
Soul Detox: Every once in a while, a study comes along that just seems a perfect fit for the needs and interests of the culture. Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World, based on Craig Groeschel’s newest book, is one of those studies. With built elements of a church-wide campaign, this is a study that many churches will want to take a look at. An engaging look at five of the most damaging issues in our culture, this is a very practical study. Read my full review.
Stolen: Looking for creative small group resources? You might want to take a look at Stolen, a study from Chris and Kerry Shook. Taking its cue from John 10:10, Stolen takes a look at how the Enemy uses our circumstances to rob us of treasures like passion, joy, peace, strength, and dreams. Recognized as one of today’s most creative communicators, Woodlands Church Pastor Kerry Shook and his wife, Chris, will lead you into a discovery of the ways you can reclaim the treasures God intended for you. A six session study, the DVD segments have a creative twist that sets up the discussion. Read my full review.
WEiRD: There’s a DVD-driven study that you’re going to want to take a look at. Published by Zondervan, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working is a great companion to Craig Groeschel’s popular book by the same name. Inspired by Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7:13-14 and the central idea that the “broad road leads to destruction” (normal) and the “narrow road” leads to life (weird), the study takes a look at a set of topics that will make sense to Christians and non-Christians alike (making WEIRD a very compelling option for a church-wide campaign). This one will take a little more work than the other four, but it’s such a compelling example, I couldn’t not include it. A really good DVD and participant guide, you’ll have to visit the LifeChurch.tv site to retrieve the sermons and other creative elements. Read my full review.
Pete Wilson, the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee is widely recognized as one of America’s most creative communicators. This study makes it easy to see why. Based on his recent book, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing, this 6 session study is going to be very popular. Similar in design to Putting Plan B into Action (released in 2011), each session is anchored by a visually creative teaching video featuring Pete Wilson. 8 to 10 minutes in length, the six video segments are consistently captivating as a back story emerges. Way more than a talking head, the creative use of story compellingly illustrated in the background makes the truth of scripture come alive visually. Read my full review.
If you’re wondering what to do for your next church wide campaign, you’ve got to at least consider taking advantage of What On Earth Am I Here For? So powerful and it addresses questions that everyone has. An easy invite for neighbors and friends, this is a truly cross-cultural topic. At the same time, it will take your congregation to a new place. I really like this new edition and I think you will, too! Need more information? You can find out more in my full review.
Want more ideas? There are plenty more where these 5 came from. You’ll find an almost complete list in The Latest on Church-Wide Campaigns (2012).