Plan An Event

1. PRAY

Prayer is the backbone of the My Hope iniative.

  • Pray for God’s leading as you plan your event.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of friends, family, co-workers etc and make them open to hearing the good news of the Gospel.
  • Pray that God will remove all fears or barriers that believers have to sharing their faith.
  • Pray that those who hear the Gospel will respond to Christ.

2. PLAN

Pull a team together, brainstorm and strategize.

  • What type of event(s) would you like to hold?
  • What location will you use?
  • What group are you already part of that might be open to having a My Hope event?
  • Think “outside the box.”

See below for ideas to get you started.

3. PREPARE

Encourage your people to look around, look up, look out, and look forward as outlined in the “Matthew and Friends” brochure.

Begin training your follow-up leaders to look after new believers after the event.

4. PROMOTE

Print tickets, movie posters, send emails, make announcements from the pulpit, publicize in your bulletin, webpage etc. Go to MyHopeWithBillyGraham.ca/promo-materials for poster templates and many other useful promotional materials.

5. PRESENT

Follow this easy guideline:

  • Welcome & Introductory activity
  • Show a My Hope program (25-30 mins)
  • Testimony (5 mins)
  • Invitation (3 mins)
  • Collect information for follow-up (5 mins)
  • Closing (give out church information, resource material etc.)
  • Refreshments/fellowship time

6. PROVIDE

Provide follow-up with guests, whether they accept Christ or not. This is a key step where loving discipleship can begin.

Give them copies of “Knowing Christ” or other material, sign them up for a newcomers class, Bible study, etc.

IDEAS FOR HOSTING MY HOPE EVENTS

What would attract your neighours to a church event?

What groups are you currently involoved in that could be shown a My Hope program?

What other opportunities can you think of?

HERE ARE SOME CREATIVE IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:

CHURCH OUTREACH

Friendship Sunday, seasonal event (eg. Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas), dessert evening, VBS, formal dinner for single moms etc.

EXISTING GROUPS

Small groups, women’s/men’s ministries, youth groups, mom & tots group, ESL class, grief support, prison ministry etc.

YOUR HOME

Invite guests into your home for coffee, dinner, birthday party etc. and show a My Hope video. In the previous 57 countries where we carried out My Hope, this provided to be the most relational and effective approach.

INFORMAL GATHERING

Show a My Hope video to your buddies on your laptop while on a trip, to a friend on an iPad at a coffee shop, or on a smartphone or tablet in a park over the lunch hour.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Sports tournament, neighbourhood barbecue, book club, cultural centre, senior’s residence, local diner, local charity events, etc.