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Flying Disc Giveaway Success

Evangelism Front Page Lafayette Lafayette Community Church

find your center flying disc 2007

This week we executed a plan that I had been brewing since last year at this time.

You may already have read about our “Black Friday” Hot Chocolate Giveaway. On that day, we gave out nearly 500 mugs of hot chocolate or coffee to shoppers braving the local Wal-Mart on the day after Thanksgiving. Well, this week, we gave out flying discs to families at the fireworks show on Purdue’s campus on July 4. It was a blast, and it was a big success too.

The setup

At the top of this post, you can see the final design for the flying discs that we bought through <> for around 70 cents each once shipping was included. The design on the top is a gradual spiral (which looks really cool when the discs are flying) surrounded by the words “stop spinning, find your center, reach higher | southside church” our phone number, web address, and core value verbs are also printed on the top.

We ordered T-Shirts with a tye dyed look and a very similar logo design on the front and the back. Here’s a picture of what they look like.

Find Your Center T-Shirt Front
Find Your Center T-Shirt Back

The elements of the plan were simple and very much like the hot chocolate giveaway:

  • Give a free flying disc to every family out there until we ran out or it got dark.
  • Have two tables set up to take registrations for a free drawing to win an iPod shuffle or other prizes.
  • Have all our volunteers wearing matching T-Shirts.

I should soon have a picture of what the setup looked like.

How it went

In all, it was a very successful event. The volunteers had a lot of fun, the people who received the flying discs were very appreciative, and a large number of people signed our entry forms. I don’t have a final count yet of those who were willing to be added to our mailing list. It was so cool to look across the field of families waiting for the fireworks to start and to see hundreds of purple flying discs whizzing through the air all over the place. It was really exciting.

On top of it all, I personally was able to get in some good conversations with at least 4 different families who were very interested in checking out one of our Sunday Gatherings. Who knows if they will actually make it this week, but I believe we really put our name out into the community in a positive way.

I’m really eager to hear more feedback from our volunteers and also from people who may visit our church because of this outreach. If I hear some good things (or criticisms) I’ll post them here. If you would like to chime in with your opinions please add your comment. I want to know what other people think about this kind of outreach. I especially hope that events like these let people in Lafayette know that there is a church around here that cares about them and is willing to invest in their lives in a way that makes their lives a little bit better (and a little more fun too).

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Hot Chocolate Day was a success!

Evangelism Front Page Lafayette Prayer Requests

southside mug on table

Last Friday, we experienced a great success in ministry. We served people free mugs of hot chocolate and coffee in front of Wal-Mart. It was a great experience.

It came to me on Black Friday

The whole idea came to me last year on the day after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday” as it has been called) while I was standing in line at a Best Buy store in the bitter cold of November in Chicago. Continue reading

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Church Planting Evangelism Front Page Geekery

A new website has recently been created by Justin Carboneau called with the primary purpose of giving people a place to share their personal testimonies online. It’s an interesting concept, and his web design isn’t half bad, but I’m personally unsure of the value such a site might have. From the website:

This site was started to encourage people to share their testimony about how they came to have faith in Christ. It is also meant to inspire people to grow in their relationship with God, by seeing how God has worked in the lives of people across the world. My hope is that every Christian who visits this site will share their testimony, because everyone who accepts Christ as their savior has an incredible story to share with the world.

What do you think?

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The 28 Day Evangelism Tract

Church Planting Evangelism Front Page Leadership

While reading The Purpose Driven Life tonight, I had the thoughts run through my mind that went something like this:

  • If I really want this book to affect me, I need to ponder it through my day.
  • If I want to ponder it, I need to have it condensed into ponderable form.
  • I really appreciate the small ponderable devotions in books like that of Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Why should that way of life change be limited to devotionals?
  • Why not create an evangelism tract that is designed like 28 days of Utmost?

I’m thinking it might be a really worthwhile project. Just give people a verse or passage of the Bible and a little thought to ponder for a day, spend some time with them personally to work through any questions, and let God speak to them on His own schedule. Honestly, why would we think that major life transformation would really come about in 5-15 minutes with a gospel tract? Isn’t that why statistically, it takes a person 7 times hearing a gospel presentation before it really sinks in. What if we had an evangelistic tract that was simple, ponderable, and created to sink in over time?

I think I’m going to do it!

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GOD is at work in you


God wants us to grow up, to know the whole
truth and tell it in love—like Christ in every-
thing. We take our lead from Christ, who is
the source of everything we do.

Ephesians 4:15 MSG

I took you from the ends of the earth, from
its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You
are my servant’; I have chosen you and have
not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am
with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you and help you; I
will uphold you with my righteous right

Isaiah 41:9-10

God, who has called you into fellowship with
his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

1 Corinthians 1:9

His divine power has given us
everything we need for life and
godliness through our knowledge
of him who called us by his own
glory and goodness. Through
these he has given us his very
great and precious promises, so
that through them you may par-
ticipate in the divine nature and
escape the corruption in the
world caused by evil desires.

2 Peter 1:3-4

And I am sure that God, who
began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is
finally finished on that day when
Christ Jesus comes back again.

Philippians 1:6 NLT

The thief comes only to steal and kill and de-
stroy; I have come that they may have life, and
have it to the full.

John 10:10

Now this is eternal life: that they may know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
you have sent.

John 17:3

He who has the Son has life; he who does not
have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:12

receive it

GOD, I have sensed my need for you, and I have sensed you at work in me,
but I have sought fulfillment apart from you. I have served myself instead of
you. I have sinned. I believe you sent Jesus to die in my place, to make peace
with you for me, and I believe he is alive today with you. Please forgive me.
Do your work in me. Fill me with your Spirit. I surrender my life to you today
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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GOD Restores


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come! …
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as
though God were making his appeal through

2 Corinthians 5:17, 20

[Jesus said,] I tell you the truth, anyone who has
faith in me will do what I have been doing. He
will do even greater things than these, because I
am going to the Father.

John 14:12

For you have been born again. Your new life
did not come from your earthly parents because
the life they gave you will end in death. But this
new life will last forever because it comes from
the eternal, living word of God.

1 Peter 1:23 NLT

Isaiah 65:17-25

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not
be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and re-
joice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem
to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusa-
lem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping
and of crying will be heard in it no more. “Never again
will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an
old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a
hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hun-
dred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they
will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and
others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as
the days of a tree, so will be the days of my peo-
ple; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works
of their hands. They will not toil in vain or
bear children doomed to misfortune; for they
will be a people blessed by the LORD, they
and their descendants with them. Before they
call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the
lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be
the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy moun-
tain,” says the LORD.

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JESUS died for you


Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She
will give birth to a son and will call him
Immanuel—‘God is with us.’

Isaiah 7:14 NLT

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a
manger, because there was no room for them
in the inn.

Luke 2:7

[Jesus was] tempted in every way, just as we
are—yet was without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

[Jesus said,] “I and the Father are one.”

John 10:30

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me. Believe me when I say that I am
in the Father and the Father is in me; or at
least believe on the evidence of the miracles

John 14:6, 11

“Are you the king of the Jews?”
asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,”
Jesus replied…. Wanting to satisfy
the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas
to them. He had Jesus flogged, and
handed him over to be crucified.

Mark 15:2, 15

The angel said to the women, “Do
not be afraid, for I know that you
are looking for Jesus, who was cruci-
fied. He is not here; he has risen, just
as he said. Come and see the place
where he lay.

Matthew 28:5-6

After his suffering, he showed him-
self to these men and gave many
convincing proofs that he was alive.
He appeared to them over a period
of forty days and spoke about the
kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for
our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the
third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the
Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the
same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6

He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead
to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!

1 Peter 2:24 NLT

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead to
make us right with God.

Romans 4:25 NLT

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature
God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself
nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And
being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to
death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and
gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

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You are important


Of course, you’ve always known you were important, but perhaps you never
realized how important or why. In fact, you are more important than you realize
but in ways you never considered.

Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They
will be masters over all life—the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all
the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”

Genesis 1:26 NLT

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

[Jesus said,] “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go
and bear fruit—fruit that will last…”

John 15:16

[Jesus said,] “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store
away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much
more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26

For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 3:23 NLT

Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful bless-
ings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

Jeremiah 5:25 NLT

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his
ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you
from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so
that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your
tongue mutters wicked things.

Isaiah 59:1-3

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GOD is Real


GOD is real, and everything (well almost everything) you have heard about him
is true! Many may doubt his existence, but you can’t doubt his effects. Look
around. I mean, honestly, do you believe that the infinite depth of space was
produced from nothingness by random fluctuation of quantum forces? I under-
stand the theory and still can’t believe it! The claims of the Bible make much more

…there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…

Daniel 2:28

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful
God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

Deuteronomy 32:4

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I
have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I
am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even
I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and
saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my
witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days
I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse

Isaiah 43:10-13

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no
other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the
beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will
stand, and I will do all that I please.

Isaiah 46:9-10

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and pro-
claimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming,
“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to an-
ger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and
forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty un-
punished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers
to the third and fourth generation.”

Exodus 34:5-7

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A New Evangelism Tract

Evangelism Front Page Lafayette Leadership Spiritual Health

No one came to last night’s Bible 101 study that I had scheduled at our house.

In light of that, I’ve determined to not focus on programs that aim to “get people to come” and instead, focus on meeting people one-to-one to key in on evangelism and discipleship. In light of that, I’ve decided to put some time into producing a new evangelistic tract.

I’ll go ahead and post the content here, so you can comment if you wish.

Here is my initial design goal for the project:

  • GOD is real (and everything you have heard about him–well, almost everything–is true.)

    • he is perfect
    • he is good
    • he is loving
  • YOU are important (but most of what you believe about yourself isn’t true.)

    • you are loved
    • you have a purpose
    • you are wounded
    • you are distant
  • JESUS died for you

    • Jesus is real
    • Jesus is perfect
    • Jesus is alive — many convincing proofs (acts 1, 1 cor 11? 15?)
    • Jesus is King
  • GOD restores

    • to wholeness
    • to relationship
    • to your purpose
    • to your future

God’s work in your life looks like this…

  • Awareness of emptiness
  • Pursuit of fulfillment
  • Recognition of God
  • Acceptance of His Will
  • Surrender to Love
  • Living in Love

If you want to follow this project, be sure to subscribe to my new evangelism category.

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