The Bible, an epic miniseries by Emmy-winning producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Touched by an Angel’s Roma Downey, could be the biggest discipleship and outreach tool on the screen since The Passion of the Christ, and we don’t want anyone to miss it.
The 10-hour miniseries, retelling Scripture from the story of Noah to the resurrection of Jesus, will air in five segments beginning March 3 through Easter Sunday on the History Channel.
We’ve put together a list of 10 ideas to help you and your church leverage this unique opportunity. You might not use them all, but we hope the ideas on this list will help point your church—and your community—to the incredible redemption story told throughout Scripture.
1. Get the Word Out.
Make sure your members have all the information they need about The Bible miniseries. Provide pertinent details such as the dates and times when the miniseries will be airing on the History Channel. You can also share the trailer for The Bible miniseries on your church website, social media or even in your Sunday service. View or download the trailer here. See all products available for church promotion.
2. Hold Viewing Parties.
Encourage attendees to invite friends, neighbors, relatives, etc., to watch The Bible miniseries together each week in their homes. This approach is a great way to engage friends and neighbors with the epic story of the Bible—and the Gospel—in a friendly and casual environment. Highlight your viewing parties in your community by pinning up fliers in cafés, gas stations, local businesses and restaurants. Get a viewing party kit!
3. Form Prayer Groups.
This outreach opportunity won’t come without opposition. Gather your church members to fight the spiritual battle through collective prayer. Ask God to soften hard hearts and build up fully devoted disciples through this unique outreach event.
4. Prepare a Five-Week Preaching Series.
Why not use this national television event to teach and preach alongside the stories that everyone will be talking about? Encourage your members to watch each episode and come prepared to dig deeper during your worship gathering. View the timeline for the miniseries here.
5. Conduct a Small Group Study.
Engage viewers in meaningful dialogue about the Bible with a miniseries-based, churchwide campaign kit from Outreach, Inc. The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Kit includes a DVD-based study and additional resources to promote it and carry it out.
6. Give Away Free Bibles.
As you watch episodes and/or talk about them with friends, be prepared to hand out a copy of the written Word. Suggest that they begin by reading the stories they’ve seen depicted on the screen.
7. Launch a Bible-Reading Campaign.
Why not use the Bible buzz surrounding the miniseries to encourage your members to read through the Bible on their own? Provide Bible reading programs on your information table or your website, or point them to one of the many reading plans on YouVersion. However you do it, use this opportunity to get your members back in the Word!
8. Host DVD Viewings at Your Church.
The impact of the miniseries will continue long after it airs on the History Channel. Obtain a movie license and schedule events to show the miniseries at your church.
9. Stir Up Bible-Engagement Through Social Media.
Develop a social networking plan to discuss The Bible series with people on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Ask questions about the stories aired each week.
Why not commit to a fast with your staff and/or volunteers for a specific time period? Dedicate your meal times to prayer and Scripture meditation and focus on evangelism in your community.
Do you have additional ideas for leveraging The Bible miniseries for outreach or discipleship? Share them in the Comments section below.