Hey Senior Pastor Friend,
Jeff Fuson here.
If you have a sneaking suspicion that you're getting a little frayed around the edges and a little battle weary then hear me out.
So, here's the scoop. I'm not a big shot, big time pastor of a mondo-church.
Nor have I written a best-seller nor appeared on a famous person's talk-show as the greatest preacher of all time.
So, why should you even read one more sentence?
Because, this just might be the very experience that brings you back to full power in just a few days. If you've been a little knocked off stride by all that's been thrown at pastors like us in 2020, and you're anything like me, then you really need this 7 Day Rise Strong Challenge to be refueled.
It's like sending yourself to 'Summer Camp!' for 7 days.*
You should read on if the Holy Spirit is nudging you.
Because, this may be exactly what you need right now.
In this Men's Only 7 Day Challenge you'll be REFUELED for your next steps in your journey.
The 5 Components to our Proprietary Refueling process
Include Resting, Reframing, Remembering, and Recasting a Renewed Future Vision
We'll do all that in the context of Facilitated Discussions, Break Out Rooms and Prayer Times
You should read on if you have a sneaking suspicion that the last thing you need these days is to hear another
mega-pastor guru expound on how great it is to write their next bestseller or counsel with kings.
You probably don't need any more Barna research or the latest Outreach Magazine top 100 List stuff to remind
you that your dreams of maximum Kingdom Impact may not quite be on track.
Heck, you may not even need to know how to get more people to pay attention to your social media in hopes that
someday they'll find you and your church relevant in the age of Corona Virus and flags burning in our streets.
If you have a sneaking suspicion that you're getting a little frayed around the edges and a
little battle weary then hear me out.
I'm hurting dude.
While others were living it up on their extended staycations, hoarding toilet paper and working puzzles during the Covid-19 Pandemic along with binge watching the latest Netflix series and getting checks sent from the government I've been bustin' my can trying to take my church from about 2014 to 2030 in 8 weeks!
I need a hug --but, oh yeah, those are quarantined, too!
I''m a pastor who loves what I get to do and takes it as among the
Highest of Privileges to Pastor the people of our church.
Maybe you're like me?
If so, then read on.
But, if you're looking for a high-powered Sooper-Dooper-Guru-Preachin' Phenom he's on a different site.
You know where to find him/her. They'll be featured in Outreach Magazine and have a rock-star welcome
at that next high priced conference you're gonna attend when he/she's rolling out their next Amazon Bestseller.
I'm not that guy and I'm not trying to sell you on me.
I'm trying to sell you on the idea that you need a special time with God and some friends to let your soul catch up
and to let your mind settle down.
You need a curated season of 'waiting on the Lord' so He can make you stronger and raise you up again.
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
That's what's on the table.
That's what I'm gonna set in front of you and a band of brothers during our 7 Days together.
The feast that you need in the desert.
What I am offering is an oasis during this hard 2020.
So, the spotlight is on the Lord and you and some friends and I'm just here to facilitate that using
some powerful simple tools to bring us all together.
I'm just a church planter who started with a dream to reach people in our community who didn't already
have a connection to Jesus or a Christ Centered church.
I was rock solid confident on day one when we launched that we would reach thousands overnight --
even though we are in a very tiny suburb outside of Louisville, Kentucky!
We've reached hundreds and never thousands.
We've worked our guts out and loved hard and made a dent in some stuff.
Mostly we've loved people into the arms of Jesus.
Outreach Mag nor Carey Nieuwhof have any interest in my story.
It's an ordinary story of a guy with a dream to change the world.
I haven't made it to the world, but I've made it to our community and that has made a world of difference
for me and a world of difference for those we serve.
I've had a front row seat to the hardest stuff that humans suffer and the most glorious moments, too.
I'm a pastor.
I work hard -- really hard.
I prepare and sweat the details for every single message as if I were Steven Furtick or Andy Stanley, and the
few hundred that see my sermons appreciate it, but, my social media stats are flatter than Waffle House pancakes.
In short, I'm just a former Youth Minister turned Church Planter who kinda backed his way into being the Senior Pastor.
It's not what I had in mind a few years back, but apparently God did!
And, along came the Corona Virus!
So, here we were earlier this year with a brand new shiny name and website ready to roll out to our church to 'rebrand' in an effort to reach more people more effectively. We had invested thousands of $$$ and a lot of sweat equity in preparing for the roll out on Easter 2020! It was gonna be an all out assault on the 'Gates of Hell' and we were gonna re-launch and take our stand and reach more people than ever....and then there was Covid-19.
March 8, 2020 we had a weird worship service.
No hand shakes, no high fives, no hugs, no communion.
I had no idea when I turned off the lights in the Worship Center that Sunday that I would become a
Virtual Preacher or how much my world would change, and I bet you didn't either.
I had no idea what a tele-prompter was or how to shoot a multi-i-phone video message that actually worked well.
I had no idea that I would have to 'hire' my wife and kids to shoot sermon videos with me.
I had no idea what it would look like to do a 'socially distanced' funeral or to have week after week of
online only worship experiences watching heart emojis swirl up my iPhone screen.
Our tech guys scrambled to get worship up to snuff online and sometimes it worked, but mostly it didn't for most of us.
I had no idea....
So, now here we are. Suddenly we are all of us ordinary preachers
became mini-Tele-evangelists overnight.
Now as we open our building back up and try to figure out how in the world we will ever be able to meet the
CDC guidelines for child-care I get to preach live again, but from here to eternity I'll be a Virtual Preacher, too!
I've had a crash course in all kinds of stuff I didn't even know I needed to know when that ball dropped on December 31, 2019.
Here we are half way through 2020 and we wonder who's gonna come back to live worship and when -- if ever.
Now, we are told that our in-person attendance may never reach pre-covid levels.
Now, we deal with race riots and turmoil and walking on egg-shells.
Oh yeah, and we have a Presidential Election brewing as well.
It's like walking in a field loaded with hidden land-mines.
You may say the wrong thing and blow up your church's whole world.
[ Just ask Chris Hodges about smacking a little icon on a social media site. ]
There has never been a more difficult season in my life as a pastor.
If you're anything like me, then we need to talk. Really talk. Like get a few of us who do what we do around that camp fire at summer camp and sing Kum-ba-Yah on an out of tune guitar and raspy tone deaf voices and just hammer this stuff out.
Except we can't because most of those kinds of places aren't even open!
I don't know if I have post traumatic stress disorder or not, but I could be heading that way I suspect. Nor, do I know what's really gonna happen next. I have way more uncertainty than certainty about the specifics. [ I'm not talking in Grande Theological terms about God being in control, Romans 8:28 and all that, I'm talking strictly boots on the ground, we gotta pay the bills and payroll and mow the grass kinds of stuff that guys like us have to consider! Of course God is on His throne and He's large and in charge and we're all gonna be okay, etc etc etc HOWEVER, I still have some sleepless nights trying to figure this stuff out! Just sayin rockstar, don't blow me up for lack of faith! I got faith. And, I have a job to do as a point leader and a mission to accomplish as the lead-shepherd of those I love and serve, so seeking clarity about what's next just comes with the turf for me anyway. ]
So, if you're anything like me and you are wrestling with stuff and you'd like a little encouragement without another guru giving you a lecture about what you're not doing or selling you another program to run or a mission to accomplish then here's what I have for you.
THIS IS WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU
An immersive online interactive experience between you and me and the Lord and some friends.
You've never experienced anything quite like this nor have I but God has given me the gifting and calling and tools and experience to bring something to you that will rock your world.
The spotlight will be on God and what He's up to in your life and there will be personal and
group processing time and there will be break out prayer rooms and more.
It will be a once in a lifetime special experience.
It's like summer camp for pastors!
[ except no s'mores or camp fires, but if this goes well and we ever get out of quarantine then we'll do this
live soon and it will rock your world even more. ]
I have me and you and a few other people who I hope will join us and some time to bring up what's
going on in our hearts and minds and to bring that up and process it.
Time to pray together -yes.
Time to go deep with the Lord and have facilitated process time - yes.
Time to share what's on your mind and heart - yes.
Time to be encouraged and inspired - yes.
Time to find a friend or two - yes.
Time to let God pull you back together and refresh you -- yes.
I'm asking you to trust me to pastor you and whoever else shows up for seven days and see what God can do.
I'm super excited to offer this to you and my hopes are high and I'm fully expecting that God is gonna show up and show off even more than we can imagine.
I'm not a mega-church pastor, but I'm a wildly gifted facilitator and an intuitive Christian Spiritual Leadership Coach.
I think I can bring some value to you.
Take the ride with me and if you don't think it was worth every single penny you've invested I'll give you your
money back - no questions asked and no hard feelings.
The risk is all on me to deliver.
You've got nothing to lose.
I'm really only trying to make back enough money to cover the cost of the technology and ads it took to get your attention and to provide space for us to do this thing together. [ Pray for me, because if I don't cover the cost my wife is gonna kick my pastoral butt! I've heard Heaven in nice!! ]
The reality is that I could use a good long talk with someone who gets what's really going on in my head,
my heart, my church and my home.
I bet you could too.
If this sounds like you, then I hope you'll join me.
It will help. I promise.
BUT, THERE IS A CATCH!
For this to work I'm asking you to show up for our in person zoom gatherings and exclusive Facebook Group like you're showing up at your Cross-fit Box!
Show up ready to dive in and leave nothing behind. Show up ready to go strong and be supported and support others.
You will get way more back than you put in, but if you stand outside the box and don't hit it with us then you'll miss
out on the power and rejuvenation and energy that could flow back into your heart over our seven days together.
We will record everything and you'll have access to those recordings until our 7 Day Challenge is over, but just like summer camp, all good things must come to an end. So, make plans to be at everything and go strong for 45-90 minutes a day with me and the squad.
PRIORITIZE THIS INTO YOUR LIFE AND BE ON LIVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
When you do you will get what you came for.
So, here's the catch -- IT'S YOU!
It's whether you'll show up and go strong and go live and invest in the process. When you do this will be a great gift and a
pivotal time for your heart, your soul, your family, your church and your future.
JOIN ME FOR THE 7 Day REFUEL & RISE STRONG TOGETHER CHALLENGE
[ it will be really awkward if I'm doing this all alone, so give me a break and join me so I don't have to talk to myself for seven days! ]
ALL THE BEST!
p.s. Oh yeah, at this point I'm supposed to drum up a bunch of testimonies and videos from people about how great I am or how great this is, but I don't have ANY social proof yet. None. Notta. Zip.
This is the first time I've ever offered this and it may be the last. But, only time will tell.
Maybe if will if you'll jump in here and have an awesome experience and then be kind enough to make a video and send it to me or at least an encouraging email I'll have some 'social proof' for the next go around. I sure hope so, anyway!!
And, remember, if you don't think you've gotten your moneys worth I'll refund every single dime with no questions asked and no hard feelings. The risk here is all on me.
All I have is a Holy Nudge that this is what I'm supposed to do right now to serve other Senior Pastors who feel a lot like I do. I do have a unique set of skills, although I am NOT Liam Nisan, that are powerful tools to bring people into meaningful moments with the Lord and with one another. Those are the skills that I'll leverage and my hunch is that this is exactly what you need the most.
The spotlight is gonna be on alright but its gonna be on the Lord and what He's up to in your heart and mind and soul
and in the lives of your brothers.
This is gonna be powerful. Don't miss it.
So, come on dude! Let's go. It's like Summer Camp for Your Soul! Who wouldn't want some of that?!
* Of course we'll take Saturday and Sunday and Holidays off and I'll add days to complete our journey after the weekend if needed. Although I will be adding some 'bonus' stuff to work on during those days if you'd like, just to keep our momentum up and running. You'll of course, get extra credit for showing up those days and those credits add up to super cool prizes as we move along and at the end of our time together at our 'Awards Ceremony'!
p.s. Hey gang for this to work and for us to get the most from our time together I can only serve a very narrow population, so for this round this is for Senior Pastors who are men only. This means, no Campus Pastors, Worship Leaders, Youth Ministers, Children's Ministers or Family Ministers nor Executive Pastors, Staff Members, Board Members, Lay Leaders or ladies. This allows me to meet the heart felt needs of this tribe very specifically. Please honor this for the sake of these pastors.