God Space Launch Weekend
If you are looking for the best way to expose the greatest number of people in your faith community to the big ideas of God Space, Doug Pollock (the author of God Space) is ready to help you. How? By showing up in person to do a God Space Launch Weekend. You will find suggestions on what the weekend could look like and how much it will cost below. (Please note the weekend can be tailor-made to fit your unique context.)
Friday: Doug arrives
Saturday: Leadership workshop for all key lay leaders and staff, 10 am to noon followed by Q & A over lunch for those who are interested
Saturday / Sunday: preach in all the services (45 minutes in each service is ideal)
Sunday afternoon / evening: whole church workshop for junior high age on up
Option 1: Carry-in lunch after the morning services, 2 hour workshop begins as soon as everyone sits down to eat
Option 2: 4 hour workshop begins at 3:30 pm, includes a 30 minute dinner break at 5:30, ends at 8 pm
$250 booking fee: paid ASAP to secure your desired date on Doug’s speaking calendar $1250 honorarium: if you choose option 1 above, to be paid when Doug finishes the weekend $1500 honorarium: if you choose option 2 above, to be paid when Doug finishes the weekend
Expenses: Doug will turn in an expense sheet for the weekend, to be paid within a week of Doug’s visit
To Book Doug: Call him at 513-368-1875 to book on a first come, first serve, basis
How to Bring a God Space Workshop to your Area
Download A Step-by-Step Checklist For Bringing Doug In
Meet with your key leaders to discuss a specific plan of action of what you would like to see happen as a result of my visit. If your leaders are not on board you’ll need to prayerfully consider how to inspire the desire before I come in to build the skill. You might consider having them read “God Space”, or check out some of the “Articles” I’ve written which are posted on my website under “Resources”. Below you will find proven ideas that spell out a best-case scenario for making the most of my visit.
Introducing the Value of Outward Focused Living
I have found in most cases that busy people will not put one more thing into their schedules unless they are convinced it will be time well spent. Do not underestimate the inward focused mindset that dominates many a faith community. I’ve found that if most of the following ideas are implemented, people will be much more inclined to make this workshop a priority.
1. Bring me in to speak one to two months in advance from the workshop date. My message will help to curb “evangiphobia” and build credibility and excitement for my workshop. While I’m in town I’d like to meet with your leadership team over a meal to help cast the vision for my visit and facilitate a dialogue that will help me better understand your context.
2. Encourage everyone to buy “GodSpace” at my author’s reduced price ($10, call me and I will send you however many copies you need) and read it ahead of time. This helps to create a buzz in your faith community by dispelling many of the stereotypes that keep people away from an outwardly focused workshop like mine. It also primes the pump for a more stimulating workshop as people walk into the room thinking about the topic at hand. If you choose not to go this route, please have people go to my website and read “Have You Wondered Into Anyone’s Heart Lately?” This will help to give your people a taste of the natural, doable, and authentic ways by which they can increase the quantity and quality of their spiritual conversations.
3. Use the DVD clips, promo-flyer, press release & photo, bulletin announcement, endorsements, and participant’s comments to promote my workshop.
4. Have everyone respond to the following question, If Doug could address one thing in his workshop that would help you share your faith more effectively, what would it be? Collect and synthesize the results, discuss people’s responses with your leaders, send these responses on to me one week before the workshop date.
5. Deploy your prayer warriors! Inwardly focused people tend to have a variety of strongholds that keep them from becoming the outwardly focused Christ followers God would want them to be. The enemy rejoices when God’s people stay silent. Any plan of action that does not include prayer is shortsighted.
6. Download the workshop checklist.
If you are planning to bring me in for a weekend workshop, I would like to arrive on Friday in time to meet your sound technician and room coordinator so that we could set everything up ahead of time. This takes the pressure off if something needs to be tweaked and allows everyone to walk into Saturday in a better frame of mind. In most cases, I would be available to preach the next day if my workshop is on Saturday. This is another way to expose the folks who did not come on Saturday to the outwardly focused conversation. Some faith communities have me preach on Sunday morning then have me do the workshop on Sunday afternoon or evening. I have no will of my own in that matter. You know your people, so I will defer to your insight when setting the time for the workshop.
1. Workshop Needs A Sound Technician to set up the room with a large screen projector (a larger TV would work for groups from 20 to 30) a sound system, and a wireless lapel mike.
2. A Room Coordinator to insure I have a swivel stool, a small table just big enough for my laptop, a table for book sales, and chairs set up around round tables (if possible), so that small groups of four to six can be formed and a drink & snack table for break time.
3. An M.C. to introduce me, round people up on breaks, and make announcements.
4. A Money Collector to collect the money from workshop participants, and sell books during the breaks.
5. Following Up My Workshop Have a follow-up meeting after my workshop (announce it the day of the workshop). Discuss the big ideas that your people took away from the workshop. Discuss what organizational changes and steps need to be taken next to deepen the impact of the workshop. I’d like to suggest that you give strong consideration to ordering the small group DVD called “Activating God Space”. You might also want to consider my ongoing Skype coaching offer as another way to help move your faith community from information to transformation.
Be Prepared to Answer the Following Questions:
1. Who will be in the audience you’d like me to speak to. Tell me about your audience’s dominant belief systems, and what you are hoping to accomplish by bringing me in.
2. Where will this speaking engagement take place? Describe the room and what kind of an ambiance this place has. I am somewhat of an atmosphere technician and believe that there are many factors that contribute to true communication taking place.
3. Are you open to ideas on how to reach your objective?
4. What are you willing to do to insure that this speaking engagement is well attended and followed up?
After we dialogue through these questions, I will prayerfully consider whether I’m the right person to fulfill the divine assignment you have in mind. If I believe I am, I will propose some ideas for topics then.
My partnership with Group Publishing has everything to do with a similar commitment to REAL learning. I can’t say it any better than they already have, so I am borrowing their guarantee and making it mine. You can expect my workshops to be REAL. Why? Because different people learn in different ways, so you can expect my workshops to include a variety of methods to move people from information to transformation. That’s my REAL guarantee!
Relational – When God’s people get a chance to express what has been impressed by way of a dialogue, they learn better and retain more.
Experiential – When God’s people are given an opportunity to experience a teaching directly they tend to get it quicker and hang onto it longer.
Applicable – When God’s people are given practical, doable “baby steps”, they are more inclined towards life application.
Learner-based – When God’s people are exposed to a “REAL” learning environment, the greatest potential for moving from information to transformation is achieved. Effective learning starts where the learner is, not where the presenter would like them to be.
Post – Workshop
Leading God’s people into outward focused living requires leaders to create opportunities that transform people’s “want to’s” (produced by the Holy Spirit) into “how to’s.” My workshops are designed to inspire the desire and build the skills necessary for implementing outward focused living. However, I’ve found that very few Christ followers are moved to application unless their faith community provides a grace-filled, intentional, follow-through that emphasizes doable, authentic, sustainable, baby steps that help people grow in their confidence and competence. The following ideas are intended to provide you some food for thought as you engage in the challenge of transforming “innies” into “outies.”
Wisdom For The Journey
* Do not push people into action beyond the capacity of what their heart is ready for. In most cases if you do, they might participate on the outside, but on the inside they will resist the notion of this becoming part of their overall lifestyle.
* Never underestimate the aversion people have towards outward focused living. You must help them work through their issues. Their heart is the heart of the matter. When the heart is right, the feet will follow, if there is a well defined path that is practical and doable. If your people are not moving, it’s time to stop and find out what the heart issues are. The following represent the top 10 questions Christ followers ask me in my workshops. You must address these if you want to see your faith community move past their inward focused inclinations.
1. How do you start authentic spiritual conversations without turning people off?
2. How do you reclaim missed opportunities to share the good news?
3. How do you overcome a fear of rejection and/or failure in evangelism?
4. How do you know when someone is ready?
5. How do you reach someone who doesn’t want to hear it?
6. How do you repair evangelistic bridges that have been burnt in the past?
7. Is it wrong to have an evangelical agenda in my relationships?
8. Who are we to declare to others that our God is better than their God?
9. I’m afraid they will ask me ?’s I won’t be able to answer; what do you do when this happens?
10. Evangelism is not my gift, so why do it?
* Don’t teach it without doing it! Jesus trained people in the ministry, not for the ministry. In most cases long-time believers have had way to much teaching without any application. Nudge them out of the nest to create a hunger for more. Jesus modeled this when he sent out the 72 in Luke 10.
* Watch the language you use because it will shape the way your faith community looks at outreach. Anything that creates an “us vs. them” mentality, or an attitude of moral superiority is not helpful in connecting with not-yet Christians.
* Create a grace and truth filled learning environment where practitioners can share their successes and failures in their journey towards outward focused living. Find ways to champion the small victories people experience along the way.
* While doing outward focused things in community, always provide time for your people to express what’s been impressed on them by their experiences. Always conclude with a challenge to take what’s been learned corporately and apply it individually. If you do not, the tendency is for Christ followers to reduce outreach into an event rather than a lifestyle. Events are great for momentum, instruction, etc., but can easily leave people with the mindset that once it’s over they are done with this “outward focused” thing until the next event. You will have to slay this beast early, and often, if you want your people given to mission right where they work and live Monday thru Saturday.
* If you are feeling overwhelmed with the idea of leading your faith community into outward focused living and need a coach, click on “Coaching” in the submenu under “Resources” to find out how we can team up together.
Guiding People Across the ‘Us’ / Them’ Divide
Leading people into a new way of acting and feeling usually requires a new way of thinking. It’s been said that you will always be what you have always been, if you always do what you have always done. If you have been involved in Christian leadership for very long, you are well aware that change happens very slowly in most faith communities. If you want to microwave the process of change, I would suggest focusing on one of the big ideas from “God Space” for three months at a time. However, I have a holy hunch that you would be much more satisfied with the results from a “slow and steady wins the race” kind of mindset. If you were to spend one year on each of the big ideas in “God Space”, a greater percentage of your faith community would be apt to join you somewhere along the road in the outward focused journey.
Jesus told his disciples that He had many more things to share with them but they were not yet ready to receive them. Therefore, regardless of how you go about it, don’t move on until your people get the big idea. How will you know when they get it, you ask? Whenever they are consistently sharing stories, and raising questions from their own personal application of these ideas. To facilitate a laboratory for this learning process, some Christ followers will need encouragement to venture out beyond their “Christian ghetto” by joining a new club, pursuing a hobby or beginning a recreational pursuit with other not-yet Christians.
Lasting transformation will not likely happen unless you are willing to die on the outwardly focused hill. Most faith communities have a strong under current of inward focused thinking which feels normal and comfortable. Poking at this is similar to stirring up a hornets nest. You had better be prepared to get stung a few times. Speaking from my own experience, if you have not come to a place of living for an audience of One, you might want to heed the words of Jesus found in Luke 14:26-30.
Check List of PR Ideas
Doug’s Promo Video
PR Photo Promo Flyer
Suggested Announcements / Press Release
PROMO A: How are you feeling about the E-word? Many Christians have become a part of a silent majority who have said no thanks to the kinds of evangelistic methods they have experienced along the way in their faith journey. If you’ve been trying to figure out how to start spiritual conversations with your friends, co-workers, and family members without turning them off? … then maybe it’s time to learn how to create some “God Space”. Doug Pollock, author of “God Space”, and co-author of the award winning book “Irresistible Evangelism” will be coming soon to help us discover how to cross the us / them divide. His multi-media driven workshop is guaranteed to help you connect with the people in your Monday thru Saturday world. Opportunities to role-play, coupled with small and large group discussions create a fun, spirit-filled learning environment you won’t want to miss. Why wait to begin your journey into outward focused living? Pick up a copy of “God Space” ahead of time at the specially reduced price of $10. (Include date, time, cost, and where they could pick up a copy of the book and how to get more information) “E-Word”
PROMO B: Trying to figure out how to start spiritual conversations with your friends, co-workers, and family members without turning them off? … then maybe it’s time to learn how to create some “God Space”! Doug Pollock, author of “God Space”, will be serving as our guide to help us cross the us / them divide. His multi-media driven workshop is guaranteed to help you increase the quality and quantity of your spiritual conversations in authentic, doable, and practical ways that will truly connect with people in your Monday thru Saturday world. Opportunities to role play, coupled with small and large group discussions create a “fun, spirit filled” learning environment you won’t want to miss. Why wait to begin the journey of becoming a more “irresistible” outwardly focused believer? Pick up a copy of “God Space” ahead of time (at a specially reduced price of $10) and find out how to naturally engage in spiritual conversations. (Include date, time, cost, and where they could pick up a copy of the book and how to get more information) Let’s Get Real
PROMO C: Evangiphobia has silenced many of God’s people! If you are trying to figure out how to start spiritual conversations with your friends, co-workers, and family members without turning them off? … then maybe it’s time to learn how to create some “God Space”. Doug Pollock, author of “God Space”, and co-author of the award winning book “Irresistible Evangelism” will be coming soon to help us discover how to cross the us / them divide. His multi-media driven workshop is guaranteed to help you connect with the people in your Monday thru Saturday world. Opportunities to role-play, coupled with small and large group discussions create a fun, spirit-filled learning environment you won’t want to miss. Why wait to begin your journey into outward focused living? Pick up a copy of “God Space” ahead of time at the specially reduced price of $10. (Include date, time, cost, and where they could pick up a copy of the book and how to get more information. Evangiphobia
PROMO D: Many of us have said no thanks to the “E” word because we do not feel competent or confident to pull off the kinds of evangelism we’ve seen modeled by those who have this gift. What if evangelism for ordinary people simply meant cherishing Jesus in practical, doable, and authentic ways in our everyday world? What if it meant just being your spirit-filled self? Doug Pollock, author of “God Space”, and co-author of the award winning book “Irresistible Evangelism” will be coming soon to help us discover how to cross the us / them divide. His multi-media driven workshop is guaranteed to help you connect with the people in your Monday thru Saturday world. Opportunities to role-play, coupled with small and large group discussions create a fun, spirit-filled learning environment you won’t want to miss. Why wait to begin your journey into outward focused living? Pick up a copy of “God Space” ahead of time at the specially reduced price of $10. (Include date, time, cost, and where they could pick up a copy of the book and how to get more information). “E-History”