I'd like to welcome you to my story of making an impact for a man named Jesus.
This past spring I led a group of Jesus-followers through the book "Why We Love the Church." Through this book, I learned about a wave of anti-church literature urging the Millennial Generation (ages 18 to 32) to leave the church and follow Jesus.
Most of the literature states that churches are heavy on tradition, but light on conviction. Packed with people, but empty of relationships. Overflowing with smiles, but dry in authenticity. So, the authors claim, young people should leave the church and discover something more real, loving, and passionate - like Jesus.
Though I sympathize with these authors, I believe that Jesus loves his bride, the church, and will never give up on her - no matter how messed up she is.
Because of this, I believe we shouldn't give up on her either. In fact, we should humbly and fearlessly love her and speak truth to her all the more. That's why I've partnered with a very skilled videographer to create a DVD series called Following Jesus Without Leaving the Church.
We're doing this through a website called Kickstarter.com, which is a funding platform for creative projects. So far, we've raised $6,246 of our $9,000 goal. The thing about Kickstarter, though, is that it's all or nothing. This means we have to reach our goal by Sept. 19 - or else no money exchanges hands.
What are some of the DVD's core concepts?
Jesus loves his bride and will never give up on her - neither should we. The Millennial Generation believes that Jesus would burst through the doors and turn over tables in most churches. This DVD series helps them see that for every church in which Jesus would turn tables, there are 100 more in which he would enter and say, "He who has ears, let him hear."
Church is a place where we can help others reject status quo Christianity and embrace the way of Jesus. The Millennial Generation believes that people in the church are stuck in mediocrity. This DVD series helps them see that God wants millennials to be a light not only to the lost, but also to their brothers and sisters in church who are living lukewarm lifestyles.
We must take purposeful action within our churches - starting with ourselves. The Millennial Generation believes that leaving the church is the best thing they can do. This DVD series introduces a new thought: that being humble and fearless in spurring on the body of Christ to love, good works and action, is the best thing they can do (Hebrews 10:23-25).
You can help create this DVD series.
If this Kickstarter Campaign reaches the minimum in pledges, then the DVDs will be produced and made available free-of-charge digitally to thousands of millennials. Below are three vital things you can do to make this project a success:
Please pray that God would "do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20), "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).
Please send an email about this DVD series to a friend or family member, or write a message about it on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. Also, sharing the project's video (located on the Kickstarter Campaign page) is vitally important, as it encapsulates the mission God has put on my heart.
Go to the Kickstarter campaign page and become a "backer" at the highest possible level by choosing one of the cool rewards (such as my first book with Harvest House Publishers, or the DVD series, or a chance to pitch your book to my editor).
Please email me at email@example.com or visit my Kickstarter FAQ section if you have any questions or concerns.
ABOUT WINDOW ON MY WORLD
Window On My World is an occasional essay in Monday's Bellingham Herald that allows Whatcom County residents to share their passion for what they do, an idea or cause they support. Send your Window On My World, which must be no more than 700 words, to Julie.Shirley@bellinghamherald.com.
Caleb Breakey is a life-long Bellingham resident and the author of two forthcoming books with Harvest House Publishers. Check out his Kickstarter page or visit Kickstarter.com and type "Caleb Breakey" into the search bar.