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Jesus the Game Changer goes national

In 2018 Olive Tree Media will work with denominational and local church leaders across Australia for the Jesus the Game Changer National Campaign. This campaign is seeking to inspire and equip church leadership and attenders to focus on reaching people in their communities with the message of Jesus. The campaign will run in local churches for the six Sundays leading up to Easter 2018, from the 25th February to Easter Sunday 1st April, 2018.

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The primary method will be to invite people to join others to watch and discuss the Jesus the Game Changer series over 6 weeks. While every church and group will decide for themselves how to run the program, the model which will be encouraged is to invite people to a neutral venue, to share a meal, create relationships and discuss the series Jesus the Game Changer. Many churches are also focusing the theme of the Sunday service leading up to Easter on the topics of the campaign. The series will finish on Easter Sunday when churches will invite participants to attend Easter celebrations. Throughout the week of Easter, in groups and Easter celebrations, attenders will be challenged to respond to Jesus.

The campaign is using six of the ten episodes of the series Jesus the Game Changer, which explore how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters. This ten part series of 28 minute episodes seeks to respond to the present attitude in western nations where Christian faith and belief is being removed from the public square. In this environment, where faith and belief is seen as a potentially negative influence, this series seeks to demonstrate the influence of the teachings of Jesus on the foundational values of our culture.

it is “…impeccably produced. … The speakers are authoritative and communicate well; they are persuasive without being preachy, and neither dumbed down nor pompously academic.” – J John

Jesus the Game Changer is a documentary-styled series filmed in the UK, USA, India, Singapore and Australia. It contains 30 interviews of authors, researchers, Christian leaders and modern day game changers who explore how Jesus has influenced modern democratic nations. The series features people such as John Ortburg, Christine Cain, Rico Tice, Rodney Stark, Vishal Mangelwadi, Jossy Chacko, Eric Metaxas, John Dickson, Paula Gooder and many others. The content of the series is balanced between historical information, cultural insights and retelling the stories of modern day game changers.

Interviewing ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, on his farm in Tambar Springs, western NSW.

Those churches involved in the campaign will have all the resources required. There are the episodes on DVD or they can be streamed and a discussion guide for participants which is also available as a free app. There will be many other resources such as invitations, banners, children’s programs, PowerPoints, introductory videos and training videos for leaders, all available via the website free of charge for participating churches.

“..we have four congregations in three locations.. once a year we try and do something all together, we are really excited about Jesus the Game Changer…” – Brandon Chaplin

Well-known UK evangelist J John has looked over the series and feels that it makes a significant contribution to the community discussion around Christian faith and belief. He writes about the series and says it is “…impeccably produced. … The speakers are authoritative and communicate well; they are persuasive without being preachy, and neither dumbed down nor pompously academic.”

Churches across the Australia of all sizes are signing up to be part of the campaign. Two experienced leaders with significant churches, Brandon Chaplin and Nathan Harris are looking forward to their churches being involved.

“We are looking forward to using Jesus the Game Changer to have a gospel impact in our community.” – Nathan Harris

Brandon Chaplin, senior pastor of Blackwood Hills Baptist from Adelaide is excited by the prospect of being involved in the campaign, and said “..we have four congregations in three locations.. once a year we try and do something all together, we are really excited about Jesus the Game Changer because it… brings us all together, Sunday services, content of sermons and what we do in our small groups.”

Nathan Harris is the senior pastor of Bridgeman Baptist Community Church in Brisbane, one of the largest Baptist churches in both Queensland and Australia and he commented that.. “Bridgeman Baptist has signed up to this campaign and we will be using the series across our small groups and Sunday services. We are looking forward to using Jesus the Game Changer to have a gospel impact in our community.”

To support the campaign and encourage both churches and individuals to be involved, Olive Tree Media is working with capital city Christian radio stations and Vision FM with a national effort to profile the campaign. The ads will begin in November this year.

For more information and to sign your church up to be involved go to www.jesusthegamechanger.com

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