Strategies for Sharing the JESUS Film

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Strategy 1: VBS and Backyard Bible Clubs

Backyard Bible Clubs are held each day for a period of 5 to 10 days or one day a week during the summer. Many clubs have grown from 2 children to 30! The clubs can end with a combined Saturday and/or Sunday rally at the church. Clubs are held in homes of church members with school-age children in neighborhoods with school-age children. The format of the clubs includes illustrated songs, puppets, visual scripture lessons, Bible stories, games, and refreshments.

Steps:

  1. On the appropriate night, give the JESUS film to each family.
  2. Tell the children that if they watch the video and are able to answer a question at the next club, they will get a prize.
  3. At the next club ask, "What did the disciples pull out of the sea in the nets?"
  4. Prompt them to watch the film again and tell them you will ask them a different question the next day.
  5. At the next club ask, "What came and settled on Jesus at His baptism?"
  6. Also ask, "What was your favorite part of the video? Did anyone watch the video with you? Did anyone pray the prayer at the end of the video?"

Tips for Growing a Club:

  • Choose church members' homes with school-age kids.
  • Make sure that the neighborhood has kids.
  • If the children have a good time they will bring their friends.
  • Ensure that the programming is good. (i.e., illustrated songs, illustrated Bible memorization, illustrated Bible message, puppets (let them do the puppets sometimes), games (repeat the ones the kids like), refreshments (host family).
  • Offer prizes each week for the visitors and the ones who bring visitors.

Follow-Up:

  1. Schedule an appointment to visit the homes of the children where someone accepted Christ.
  2. Ask the parents if they enjoyed the video.
  3. Comment on the fact that it is one of the most watched movies in history.
  4. Ask if there are any questions.
  5. Explain the importance of praying the prayer at the end of the video.
  6. Ask to schedule a time the next week to start a Bible study with the child and the parents.

 

Strategy 2: Pre-VBS Neighborhood Showings

A team makes arrangements to show the JESUS in different locations such as parks, backyards, or parking lots, the week before VBS.

Then, provide snacks and information about the upcoming VBS program to parents and children before showing the film. After the showing, the team begins following-up with those who accepted Christ. You may also provide a copy of the JESUS film to each family.

 

Strategy 3: Series of Contact

This strategy seeks to create amiable contacts with the community before presenting the gospel through the JESUS film. Several churches use this as long-term community outreach. It is wise to divide the area around the church into sections and concentrate on one section each year.

The church carefully orchestrates a series of contacts to each home in the section of the community. This long-term strategy and may involve contacts at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and summer vacation time. Churches have used visits alongside mailings, back-to-school survival kits, Christmas gifts, and other community need-based contacts.

The last in a series of contacts is delivering the JESUS film with a bag of microwave popcorn and a note that the church hopes they enjoy the popcorn while watching one of the most viewed videos in history.

 

Strategy 4: Welcome Basket

Everyone that moves into a new neighborhood is somewhat unsettled and looking for help. Your church can approach each new family with a welcome basket of goodies and helpful items for the transition, including a bag of popcorn and the JESUS film. Other helpful items included could be a street map, a magnetized list of important phone numbers of the community. A follow-up visit should be done within two weeks of the first visit. Discipleship can be done with new believers on a weekly basis with Basic Bible Studies.

 

Strategy 5: County Fair Showing

This strategy utilizes the various pastors in the county. The JESUS film is shown at the county fair by the ministerial association. Before, during, and after the film showing, have volunteers distribute cards to all who would like to receive a free copy of the JESUS film. The pastors then go to the house of the respondent and leave the film, asking for permission to return in a week or two to discuss it. As the pastor returns, those that accepted Christ are scheduled for discipleship follow-up.

Steps:

  1. The plan should be presented at one of the ministerial meetings of the county.
  2. The pastor should have a copy of handouts for each pastor at the meeting.
  3. Each pastor will present the plan to his/her congregation and return to another meeting of the ministerial association to vote on the plan.
  4. An area can be set up at the county fair to show the film at certain intervals during the day. Volunteers can distribute flyers announcing the film showing.
  5. A side room should be made available for those that would want to pray after the video.
  6. After each video showing, volunteers distribute the cards for people to receive a free copy of the film. The cards should include fields for the pastors to deliver the video to each home, including a phone number, making sure the person is home at the time of delivery.
  7. As the pastor delivers the film, arrangements are made to return in a week or two to discuss it.
  8. At the subsequent visit, the pastor will ask how they liked the video and if they prayed the salvation prayer. The pastor will schedule discipleship follow-up for all that accepted Christ.

 

Strategy 6: BBQ

A backyard BBQ is a good way to present the JESUS film with friends and family. Invite them to a BBQ at your home and let them know beforehand that everyone will be watching the most-watched movie in history together. There should be a relaxed atmosphere during the party and the host should personally contact each viewer after the party to discuss it.

 

Strategy 7:  Inactive Church Members

This strategy deals with church attendees that only come occasionally or are inactive — those who are familiar with the church and the gospel. After evaluating attendance data, plan to contact the attendees via a letter from the pastor with the JESUS film, a visit from a church member to show the film, or a personal letter with a copy of the film. Volunteers from the church then visit the viewer to discuss the film. Those who accept Christ are invited to attend a Bible study.

 

Strategy 8: Home Groups

This strategy follows the guidelines of Paul Cho's successful home cell groups or other small groups decentralized from the church building. Groups are started in several homes, meeting for an hour each week. The format of the group includes a Bible study, prayer, and a song or two. As the group develops, friends and neighbors are invited to watch the JESUS film. Afterward, discuss the film and plan to disciple those who accepted Christ.

 

Strategy 9: English as a Second Language

This strategy has an added benefit of offering a service to those involved. Make contacts in an ethnic community and begin an English as a Second Language (ESL) class. While people are learning English, bridges of friendship will be built. Combine the class with social events to develop the group culturally. Plan a party for the ESL students and their families. At the party, show the JESUS film in the community's heart language. Conduct discipleship follow-up with those who accept Christ.

 

Strategy 10: Community Food Drive

This food drive strategy involves teams of two people, each who go door-to-door in the community asking for donations of food for a community organization. Each team of two is assigned an area. Teams go to every house in the designated area and collect food donations. In return, the team gives the donor a copy of the JESUS film. The team then makes arrangements to return in a week to discuss the film. Conduct discipleship follow-up with those who accept Christ.

 

Strategy 11: Newspaper Advertisement

The newspaper advertisement strategy has good geographic coverage and primarily reaches adults. It involves little effort for initial contact.

Steps:

  1. The church places an ad in the local newspaper. 
  2. Everyone who responds to the ad receives a visit from a volunteer with a copy of the JESUS film.
  3. Volunteers visit the home to see if a viewer accepted Christ.
  4. Follow-up with new believers on a weekly basis.
  5. Incorporate new believers into the life of the church.

 

Strategy 12: Television Advertisement

A television advertisement costs a considerable sum of money. Primetime television is the ideal time slot. The ad should target a particular age-group or other demographic.

Interested viewers of the ad are instructed to call the number provided to obtain a free JESUS film.

Steps:

  1. People who respond will call a number and request the JESUS video by giving their name, address, and phone number.
  2. A volunteer will take the video to the home of the respondent with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy both the video and the popcorn."
  3. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week asking if the video was enjoyed and if there are any questions.
  4. For the respondents who prayed the prayer to receive Christ at the end of the video, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies.
  5. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 13: Radio Announcements

Radio spots must target a particular age-group or other demographic. They can be produced by the church and should be aired repeatedly on secular radio stations.

Steps:

  1. Choose a secular station to air the spot announcement.
  2. Target a particular age group of people.
  3. Have the ad offer the JESUS Video free to all callers.  Mention the contact phone number twice.
  4. A volunteer will take the video to the home of the respondent with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy both the video and the popcorn."
  5. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week asking if the video was enjoyed and if there are any questions.
  6. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies.
  7. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 14: Advertisement Inserts

An advertisement can be printed and inserted in a variety of media, such as school/city/suburban newspapers or bulletins. One insert can be printed and used in many ways.

Steps:

  1. An advertisement can be printed on paper and inserted into any local newspaper, community flyer, or other circulated paper.
  2. Generate your own artwork or use the newspaper advertisement steps.
  3. Volunteers receive the calls of respondents and note their name, address, and phone number.
  4. A volunteer will take the film to the home of the respondent with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy the film and the popcorn."
  5. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week to discuss the film.
  6. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies
  7. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 15: Advertisement at the Cinema

The church can sponsor and create an advertisement prior to a popular movie.

  1. Respondents are instructed to call a number to receive a free copy of the JESUS film. Record the respondent's phone number.
  2. A volunteer will take the film to the home of the respondent with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy the film and the popcorn."
  3. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week to discuss the film.
  4. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies
  5. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 16: Cable TV

  1. Air the JESUS film on a local cable channel during primetime, if possible.
  2. During the showing, run the spot announcement for a free JESUS film and offer spiritual counseling using the same phone number.
  3. Volunteers who receive the calls will note the name, address, and phone number of each respondent.
  4. A volunteer will take the video to the home of the respondent with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy the video and the popcorn."
  5. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week to discuss the film.
  6. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies
  7. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 17: Distribution of Door Hangers

  1. Volunteers are encouraged to do a prayer walk for those who will view the film in a particular area before distributing the door hangers. 
  2. Door hangers informing the respondent to call a number to receive a copy of the JESUS film are then distributed to every home. 
  3. A volunteer will take the film to the respondent's home with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy the video and the popcorn."
  4. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week to discuss the film.
  5. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies
  6. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.

 

Strategy 18: Brochure Mailing

  1. The church prepares a mailing list for an area around the church and mails a brochure offering a free copy of the JESUS film to each house. Those that call the phone number or send in the tear-off portion will receive a copy of the film delivered by a volunteer.
  2. A volunteer will take the film to the respondent's home with a bag of microwave popcorn saying, "We hope you enjoy the video and the popcorn."
  3. The same volunteer should visit the respondent the next week to discuss the film.
  4. For respondents who prayed the salvation prayer to receive Christ, leave a Bible for them to read and make an appointment to return the following week with Lesson One of the Basic Bible Studies
  5. Complete discipleship follow-up weekly.