Planning a church-wide campaign for 2022? If you’re thinking about fall '22, you’ve still got plenty of time. If you’re thinking about post Easter…it’s time to decide! See also, When Is the Best Time to Launch a Church-Wide Campaign.
While choosing the best church-wide campaigns is certainly subjective, I’ve made these selections with almost 20 years 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 Top 5 campaigns for 2022:
Before we get started, a small disclaimer. I choose campaigns for this list based on 2 simple criteria: (1) They must be on a topic that unconnected people care about, and (2) The group material must be video-driven and easy to lead.
Now, here's my list:
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.
Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko is a powerful 6 week, DVD-driven Bible study that shares the eye-opening truth of the power of hope in a world that is often filled with pain, suffering, and loss. “This book isn’t a manual for grieving, but a manifesto for high-octane living, and through it I want you to see that God made you for a purpose. There is a wild and wonderful calling on your life, a microphone in your hands. Jesus wants you to look at the adventure of your life through His eyes, the eyes of a Lion.” (from LeviLusko.com)
The 6 session study and promotional resources are available from Lifeway.com. While this topic and approach makes for a powerful church-wide study, message resources are available in a slightly different format via Life.Church's Open Network. You can see the resources provided right here.
Launched at Saddleback in fall, 2017, 40 Days of Prayer is a 6 session DVD-driven study that accompanies a 6 week message series.
The 40 Days of Prayer campaign is fully loaded! And I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more perfectly timed campaign. Has there ever been a time when longtime church members and their neighbors would be more open to learning how to pray? I found myself thinking about when I’ll be using it and what it will mean to our congregation (even into the crowd and community with the right strategy), and I am really looking forward to this one! I’m thinking it’s right on target!
Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschel and Life.Church. A four week message series combined with weekly Life Group discussion content makes for an easy-to-use campaign idea. In addition, Groeschel's 2021 book by the same name will further enhance the experience.
Anchored by the four week message series, you'll find everything else you need on the Winning the War in Your Mind series page inside the Open Network area on Life.Church website.
How to Get What You Really Want by Andy Stanley is not a brand new series. But this 2017 series has everything you need for a campaign in 2022. Although only a four part series, this is a powerfully designed cross-cultural topic that speaks directly to both connected and unconnected people. Like many of North Point's major series, the weekend messages can be found on the series' site (making it easy to preview) and the full content is available on North Point Resources.
I really like this series! If you're looking for a topic that will resonate with unconnected people and a small group study that is easy to lead, you'll like How to Get What You Really Want.
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