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Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen shares how to “Build Your Book”. This workshop will include finding your story, writing, editing, creating a book proposal to pitch, self-publishing, building your audience, getting the word out and more.
He’ll share his story, landing a publishing deal with the largest Christian publishing company (Zondervan), as well as talk about self-publishing and his relationship with his second publisher (InterVarsity Press) and compare the three.
You will get a notes outline that will have key points and resource websites to go to. Plus, every attendee will get a Free digital copy of his New Book “Next Steps On Your Spiritual Journey” with a Foreword by Montell Jordan.
- You’ll also get a bonus “Book Proposal” template to see the format to pitch a book to a publisher.
“HOW CAN YOU GET PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR NEXT STEPS THIS FALL?” – Pastor Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen – 8/19/19
Can you believe that Fall is upon us? Depending on what part of the country you live in – school has already started or it’s starting soon. Schedules are changing and new rhythms are forming. This is a reality of this season.
What are you doing at your church to help people take their NEXT STEPS in their spiritual journey this fall? This is the time to ASK for new commitments and to push/encourage people to START doing something new or start doing something AGAIN. Lots of people got out of the routine of regularly coming to church, serving, giving or leading during the summer months. Many people don’t automatically get back on track without some people encouraging them and holding them accountable.
School just started last week, so this past Sunday we did a big challenge – inviting people to make some new commitments this fall. We brainstormed in our staff meeting and went back and forth with what the ask would be. It was an INCREDIBLE response… here are 7 things we did…
1. WE TALKED ABOUT THE RESULTS
Everything costs something. Taking next steps will take time, energy and resources. Why should I take these next steps? I preached a message about “The Results” of when you are abiding in God’s presence and you are living it out. I shared the benefits and all the great things that happen when you are consistent and faithful. You can watch it at www.youtube.com/crossover813 (Hearing From God – Part 3 – The Results).
2. WE CELEBRATED THOSE THAT HAVE TAKEN SOME STEPS
I shared 4 stories of people’s lives that have been changed at our church. We had a picture up on the screen as I talked about where they came from and where they are today and people celebrated and clapped for each person.
3. WE PRAYED FOR THOSE THAT HAVE TAKEN SOME STEPS
We had everyone that has completed our 3D Growth Track (Our Membership Class) to stand up. We explained the benefits of the class and stressed that these people are the core of our church and we want to continue to grow the core of our church. We blessed them and celebrated them.
4. WE REALIZED THERE ARE DIFFERENT STEPS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
If you lead a diverse church and there are new people in the mix (I know that describes you if you are reading this)… then everyone’s next step is not the same.
5. WE CREATED A COMMITMENT CARD AS A CLEAR ACTION STEP
The top of the commitment card said: My next steps for “Spiritual Results” This Fall. The Personal Step was that they would commit to start spending a regular time with God daily (Praying and Reading the Bible). Then we had 2 options for their Step at Church – To attend our next 3D Growth Track classes that started in a few weeks, or if they weren’t ready to commit to the church yet… to at least commit to start attending Sunday services regularly every week and possibly even come on Wednesday Nights to our Growth Night Bible Study.
6. WE CREATED A MOMENT WITH A MEMORABLE TANGIBLE STEP
School just started in our city. Near the end of the message I talked about at the end of class and the beginning of class there is a BELL. I had two bells on my cafe table (podium) and I rang them several times. This represents a transition. I shared that we’re in a transitional season and transformation brings transition. When I told the stories about people’s lives who changed – I rang the bell and everyone clapped and celebrated. So… the action step AFTER they filled out their commitment cards was to bring it up front and lay it on the edge of the stage and RING THE BELL! Each time the bell rang – the crowd clapped and celebrated. We then prayed for them after the line of bell ringers was finished.
7. WE FOLLOWED UP AND HELPED THEM FOLLOW THROUGH
There were 110 people that RANG THE BELL yesterday at our services. We immediately imputed their information in our database system and within 24 hours they all received a text message congratulating them on ringing the bell and making a commitment. In the next two weeks we’ll continue to follow up with more text messages, email and even some phone calls to make sure they follow through with attending the class or regularly attending services. We’re excited about the Harvest that is at hand as the seasons are changing!
* If you’d like to learn more about systems, creativity and church growth – check out www.urband.org/coaching for the Masterclass on demand or the next Live Masterclass coming up!
“7 THINGS WE’VE LEARNED FROM LOVING OUR CITY AND DOING BIG OUTREACHES” – Pastor Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen – 8/5/19
Have you ever done an outreach and touched a lot of people… but wondered what the impact really was?
We just had our 11th annual Back 2 School Jam and reached close to 2,000 people. We gave away close to 1,000 backpacks and school supplies, had free haircuts, free food, resources, a teen lounge, prayer rooms, sports zone, bouncy houses, arts and crafts and lots of Love. We gave everyone a taste of our church as we did 3 short services (less than 30 minutes) where had special music, some hip-hop, a video sharing what we do and a short engaging gospel message.
It was amazing… we definitely connected with the crowd there, but the next day at church there were ONLY a handful of new people from the event. We’ve reached dozens of new families from outreaches that are now actively a part of the church… but…
What did we learn?
- YOU MUST HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
When you do a huge outreach and reach hundreds or even thousands of people, it doesn’t mean they are all going to come to church or even the next event you are inviting them to. In the moment everyone is having a great time and you might have tons of people tell you they are coming to your church… but TRUST ME… everyone that says they are coming back – don’t always come back. That doesn’t mean several won’t come eventually, but it they may not come back right away and you may NOT see a big attendance increase like you thought you would.
2. YOU ARE PLANTING SEEDS
In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul said that he planted, Apollos watered… but God brought the increase. When you do outreach, you are planting seeds, you may be watering some seeds, and you may even see some harvest. Back to point number 1… have realistic expectations as it will mostly be planting seeds. For many of the people you are reaching it is the beginning of a relationship. More than half of the people that came to our Back 2 School Jam were there for the first time. It may take a few more touch points for them to come to an actual service.
3. SHARE THE GOSPEL IN A CREATIVE, COMPELLING WAY AT YOUR EVENT
Since you realize you may not get another opportunity to impact these people, take advantage of that moment to share the hope you have. When we do an event (like back 2 school) we find a creative, but compelling way to briefly share the story of Jesus. People didn’t come to hear this… they came to get the free stuff. So, you want to do it in a way that can touch their current circumstances and needs and please keep it SHORT and to the point. There is nothing worse than going to an outreach and they have to listen to someone preach for an hour before they get their stuff. That is a huge turn off. We tie this into our program and do it in less than 10 minutes. The creative element is tied in with story (Jesus was great at that), music… and this year one of the kids leaders actually chopped me into 3 pieces in this zig zag box and I did a short message about how Jesus puts the pieces of our lives back together. Everyone was engaged, had a great time and we had hundreds of people respond to pray.
4. OFFER SPIRITUAL RESOURCES
Have a prayer area and offer free Bibles and devotional books. We prayed with close to 50 families and gave away a few hundred Bibles and my latest book “Next Steps On Your Spiritual Journey” devotional books (You can get a case of them for your next outreach in our store for less than $4 each! www.urband.org/store ).
5. ALWAYS INVITE THEM TO WHAT IS NEXT
Don’t think people will just organically come to what is next. You need to INVITE them and put something in their hand describing it. We invited adults to our new series “How to hear from God” (Almost everyone wants to learn how to better do that) and we put some pictures of guest artists on there that are coming and some info. about our kids ministry. We invited Kids back to kids church and gave them a “Golden Ticket” to get a free prize and be entered into a raffle for a grand prize at Kidz Church. We invited teens to come back to the youth service where they would get a Free T-Shirt and be entered into a raffle for a Finish Line gift card. Be creative and create some incentives and if possible show a video of what your church is normally like so they can visualize it and hear your vision.
6. FOLLOW UP & PRAY
We didn’t do follow up on them that day (it was Saturday), but the following week we added them to a group and texted them and emailed them inviting them back to church. We especially reached out to the people that came to the prayer rooms with a phone call. Follow up is super important! Those people were all added to our regular email list going forward. Pray for all those that were touched. Many of the people we reached were going through some rough seasons of their life. We pray the seeds that were planted will draw them to God and if it’s his will, draw them to our church. We’ve seen dozens of people come after we followed up.
7. CELEBRATE YOUR VOLUNTEERS
Big outreach days can be a huge boost for your volunteers. It engages your church and gives them purpose and hands on opportunity to make a difference and use their gifts. Find ways to appreciate them, celebrate them and recognize them during and after the event.
If you’d like to learn more about outreach and growing your church, go to www.urband.org/coaching and check out the ways we can help you take your next steps to reach new people in your city. If you’d like to learn more about Love Our City, go to www.loveourcitybook.com and check out the incredible Leaders Kit Resource.