A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)

We understand that the initial details surrounding the WHAT of My Hope with Billy Graham can take some time to process. We want you to be as excited as we are, so we’ve decided to rewind and break it down to the basics – hence, our 2 part series, A Beginner’s Guide.
A Beginner’s Guide Part 1 shared Basic #1 which explains WHO Matthew is, WHY My Hope with Billy Graham is modeled after him and HOW you can be a Matthew, too!

Basic #2: How does a local church fit into My Hope with Billy Graham?

WHAT is a church?
A church is not merely the building we attend on Sunday mornings. It is made up of a body of believers. You + Me + Fellow Believers = Church
WHY are churches part of the My Hope with Billy Graham model?
Local churches are the focus of this strategy. We want to strengthen each church by preparing pastors and church leaders to equip their members for relationship evangelism.
Think about how many of “you” make up your church. If your pastor will train and encourage each of “you” to PRAY and SHARE the hope of Jesus with those that don’t know Him, think about how your church will be strengthened and grow. It’s a win-win!
HOW does a local church get involved with My Hope with Billy Graham?
It starts with you! You have an opportunity to share this with your pastor or church leader – or even other churches. Once a pastor knows about My Hope with Billy Graham and would like to be a part, they can simply register here to begin receiving materials, information and evangelism resources. As a church, begin:

  • Praying for people that don’t know Jesus.
  • Focusing on building relationships with friends, family, neighbors and people in the community.
  • Thinking about how to promote the project in your church. Start by saving these key dates:
    Matthew and Friends Sunday – April 14, 2013
    Matthew Action Sunday – September 22, 2013
    My Hope with Billy Graham outreach time – the week of November 3-9, 2013

We’d love for you to share creative ideas that you’ve run across or your church is using to generate awareness and excitement around My Hope with Billy Graham.
Next, we will talk about THE NEED of My Hope with Billy Graham. WARNING: it may give you an unexpected sense of urgency to “hit the ground with your feet running.” So, get ready!