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The Essential Jesus Challenge For Churches
There's something exciting and motivating about participating in a challenge when you are part of a larger group. The Essential Jesus Challenge is designed to be a church-wide Bible reading experience helping your entire church explore the "Bible's Greatest Story" together.
Take advantage of the motivational energy of a church-wide program. Use all the options you have to publicise and promote it (there are posters, bulletin inserts and other promotional material available from Scripture Union). Get as many key people involved in planning and promoting the Challenge as possible, from the Pastor(s) and other church leaders right through to Sunday School teachers and small group leaders. Having them involved in planning and implementing the Challenge will help ensure the widest participation throughout the church.
Helping your congregation grasp a more complete picture of Jesus from the Scriptures will significantly deepen the spiritual life of your congregation. For the greatest effect, you'll want as many Challenge participants as possible to have either a copy of the book, Essential Jesus or the App. It offers insightful comments on each of the 100 passages and provides discussion questions that can be used in your small groups. Order copies for your church 2-3 weeks before the launch date so that everyone can have one when the Challenge begins. In addition, there are free resources to help you organise and promote the Challenge, including sermon outlines for each of 100 Essential Jesus Bible readings.
Any time of the year is a good time to take the Essential Jesus Challenge and focus your church on getting to know Jesus better, but whenever you decide to take the Challenge, pray, work and plan to see your congregation get excited as they discover, many for the first time, what the Bible really says about Jesus and who He really is.
When an entire church takes the Challenge together, participants can encourage each other throughout the journey. If a church uses the resources in its small groups and if people are encouraged during services, completing the Challenge becomes just that little bit easier.
Some Tips to Help Get You Started:
Develop Your Plan
Gather Your Resources
Promote. Promote. Promote!
Have a "Launch Sunday"
Encourage and Motivate
Celebrate Reaching the Finish Line
Join the Online Community
Follow-on Bible Resources