3 Steps To Make Jesus Go Viral

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What makes a YouTube video go viral? In a TED Talk from a few years ago, Kevin Allocca from YouTube argues that there are three key factors: Tastemakers, communities of participation and unexpectedness. (Check out the TED video here.)

Maybe you’ve had that moment…you stumble on a gut-churning cat video forwarded by mom or Brett Domino masterpiece endorsed by your high school friend Jack, who at the age of 40 still attends high school.  And before you know it, you’re but one of 5 million likes, joining a worldwide community guffawing at how easy it is to create a chart topping song or bemoaning how you got sucked into watching cats play with cars.

Tastemakers.  Communities of participation.  Unexpectedness.

You probably saw it coming, so here’s a little Jesus juke: in FiveTwo, we’re called to be the Jesus tastemakers.  We are the viral leaders who help people taste and see just how good Jesus truly is.  The Holy Spirit convinces the heart while we place Jesus on the plate or in the cup.  We do the work of introducing and sharing.  Divine Person #3 seals the deal.

Our communities of participation?  Choose your viral poison — your family, your local congregation, and especially, from FiveTwo’s side of the aisle, your FiveTwo Local.  Those are the key viral communities where we hope to see 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs formed.  10,000 men and women who start new to reach new.  10,000 people of all walks who share your pews and share our passion of starting sacramental ministries for people who don’t know Jesus, for people who don’t associate Jesus and viral, unless we’re talking disease.

The unexpectedness?  What’s not unexpected?  God/Man.  Perfect but real.  Authority figure who loves outsiders.  All-powerful but self-controlled.  Timeless, transcendent payment for man’s debauchery and disobedience.  Crucified.  Died.  Buried.  Resurrected.  Returning again to resurrect all flesh.  Giver of totally free eternity.  Lover of souls and especially of my soul.

30 years from now we want to have played a role in making Jesus viral.  1,000,000 sacramental communities started by 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs.  But to get to 2044, you have to start in 2014.

Tastemakers.  Communities of participation.  Unexpectedness.

O’ viral tastemaker, what say you?  What community needs to meet viral Jesus?  What unexpected viral twist would blow their little minds all the way into heaven?

Speak to me in that comment section below.

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Dream Big or Go Home

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Dreams are the playground of fantasy and fiction.  Whether we’re watching Leonardo Dicapprio try to escape one…

 

or simply daydreaming about emerald water lapping on white sands, dreams speak to what we hope could be (or if of a nightmare genre, what we hope could be not).

When our group of church planters sat in that 24-hour divine think tank back in 2009, our crazy 2017 dream was to grow FiveTwo from the nine of us to a local presence in 29 metro areas in the US and an international presence in five countries.

Today, FiveTwo has 40 local groups in 37 cities; over 800 sacramental leaders attending our annual gathering every September in west Houston; and an international footprint on the way.  God is taking us on a humbling but exciting ride.

As the journey has unfolded, we have fine-tuned the mission we’re on.  We realize God is calling us to ignite a movement of sacramental entrepreneurs.  These are men and women who follow Jesus and want to start ministries and businesses and community endeavors that help others follow Jesus well.  To ignite the movement, we need a network full of people with practical, personal know-how.  Which is why this year we’re investing heavily in a website overhaul, including the back engine that gathers the resources you need.

We’ve also realized, however, that our dream was a little small.  With 2017 only 3 years off, we sat back and thought, “What about a blue sky dream?  What would we love to see happen through our efforts by, say, 2044?”

It sounds like a long ways out.  And it is.  But we dreamed about it anyway, asking God for some Psalm 37:4 favor.  I’m not sure I’ll still be here to see how God answers, but why not dream?

So here you go.  Here’s our big, crazy 30 year, humanly-impossible but divinely-probable dream, boiled down into one cup of joe.  Are you ready?  Drum roll, please:  Over the next 30 years we want to enlist an unstoppable force of 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs who start 1,000,000 spiritual communities.  Is that crazy or what?  30 years | 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs | 1,000,000 spiritual communities.  

Those spiritual communities will include little churches, big churches, house churches.  They’ll include businesses dedicated to using their profits and influence to bring Jesus to the community.  They’ll include community development endeavors that move into the community and let the Gospel transform the community from the ground up, holistically.  They’ll include sacramental entrepreneurs who take baby steps and start a book club in order to get to know their neighbors so they can ultimately introduce Jesus to their neighbors.  

The sky’s the limit as long as these 1,000,000 spiritual communities’ ultimate goal is more people in Jesus’ kingdom.

If you'd like more than just a cup of the dream, here's the whole pot.  Drink away.  Embrace the caffeine.  Hopefully it will lead you to dream big as well.

30 Years from now, FiveTwo will be known as:

·      A Sacramental multiplication movement that abides in Jesus Christ while listening for and obeying the Holy Spirit.  Centered in Jesus.

·      A multi-faceted network built on a unified heart for helping lost people follow Jesus.  We all agree the harvest is ripe NOW…and we need to do something about it.

·      An unstoppable force of 10,000+ sacramental entrepreneurs who catalyze the Great Commission.  We're turning the world upside down.

·      A multiplication movement that catalyzes 1,000,000 sacramental spiritual communities, including churches, businesses and community development groups.  1,000,000 is a huge number–but not to God.

·      A truly global, multilingual movement with expressions in at least Chinese, Spanish & English. The three most spoken languages in the world.

·      A learning community spanning cultures and generations while growing in depth and numbers at all times.  Deuteronomy 6 stuff.

·      A movement equipped with multi-media and community building platforms. If the WWW is still around, we'll be there.

·      A movement that has experienced great conflict and because of this conflict, FiveTwo will grow in faith, wisdom and missional focus; develop nimble systems that deepen connectivity; and greatly multiply the Kingdom of God.  Conflict precedes change. We don't like it but we'll move through it.

There it is.  Holy-Spirit dependent and needing people like you.  We have a long ways to go, but the train has left the station and over 300 congregations are on board.

What do you think?  Want to sign on?  Drop your comments below.

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