The Book: Transformed: How Christian Music Transformed My Life
The Event/Project: National Christian Music Challenge™. The Challenge™ is basically for Christians to listen to Christian music for 30 consecutive days and avoid negative entertainment choices during that time. This will help believers clear (Transform) their minds (Romans 12:2) and focus on Christ and biblical values.
The Goal: Christians to become a catalyst for spiritual renewal in America. The only hope for America is spiritual renewal, and it must start with His Church. Isaiah 26:3 promises that God will give us His Peace if we keep our mind focused on Him. In today’s society, the best way for believers to keep our focus on Christ and biblical values is by listening to Christian music and avoiding negative entertainment choices (The Challenge™ is for thirty days). The majority of Christians are not experiencing the Peace of God as we are promised in Galatians 5:22 and 23 because our minds are not focused on Christ but are focused on the values and cares of this world. The values and cares of this world will often lead us away from being controlled by the Spirit of God. If Christians allowed the Spirit of God to rule and reign in our lives, we would be a positive influence on the non-Christian community – potentially leading to a spiritual renewal for our nation.
The Concept: Envision every church, Christian radio station, and Christian school in America taking The Christian Music Challenge™ as a New Year’s Resolution for 2018! The event would have the “feel” and buzz of The Purpose Driven Life (concept, not content). Every church and Christian music radio station would be invited to join in and a book given to every pastor in America with the challenge to encourage his church to be a part of this special annual event. Encourage churches and radio to purchase multiple copies of the Transformed book to give out or sell to their congregations and listeners. Encourage churches and radio to purchase and hand out Transformed wristbands to every person who registers as a group or as an individual at TheChristianMusicChallenge.com. Encourage churches and radio to purchase Transformed (Romans 12:2) tee shirts for those who complete the Challenge™.
The Extras: 1) I hold the trademarks for Christian Music Challenge™, Christian Music Diet™, and 30-Day Christian Music Challenge™. I own the related domains, social networks, and The Christian Music Challenge™ holds the #1 ranking on Google. 2) I will write special Christian Music Challenge™ sermon notes for pastors use as “special sermon” as they introduce the Christian Music Challenge™ to their church. 2a) I will write a curriculum for radio to promote our Challenge™. 3) I will provide posters of Scriptures used in the Challenge™ that could be enlarged and posted throughout the church and for purchase to be framed for personal use. 4) The Christian Music Challenge™ consists of thirty 1-minute video devotionals (one each day for 30-days) that will be sent to each person who signs up for the Challenge™. 5) I will supply discussion questions for youth departments, small groups and radio based on the book and the devotional videos that leaders can use during the Challenge™. 6) The You Version Bible app (200 million downloads) will promote our Challenge™ during 2018 New Years resolution.
About Me: I have taught The Christian Music Challenge™ to more than one million people since the early 1980’s and have seen many thousands of lives changed for eternity. I have written a number of books and articles on the importance of Christian music and its purpose, including answering all the controversial questions concerning the various styles of Christian music. I teach continuing education units for Christian schoolteachers and teach parents and leaders how Scripture considers godly music a vital ingredient to spiritual maturity. My life’s ambition is to have the Christian Music Challenge™ be a catalyst for spiritual renewal for our nation. I’ve taken it as far as I can without a major publisher. It has been my hope and prayer for the past ten years that my exit strategy from full time Christian ministry would be the legacy of teaching others to teach this Christian Music Challenge™ that can change lives for eternity. The plan I have outlined could be an annual national event, and would live on until our Lord returns.