I have the absolute pleasure of speaking to churches and ministries every day and one of the most successful and effective ministries that we hear about is our customers' Fishbowl ministries.
For those who may be unfamiliar with a Fishbowl ministry it is a simple, yet effective way to use your CD's, DVD's, Tapes etc to reach the lost. And it doesn't get any more non-threatening!
We use the term "Fishbowl" because we are to be fishers-of-men. Simply put, you are placing messages in a plastic fishbowl (Kingdom sells these for less than $5.00) and placing them in local businesses, restaurants, laundry mats, truck stops etc., and offering them free to anyone who wants them. It's also a great way to put some of those messages that you may have lying around to good use!
One story that I will never forget, and that I refer to often during calls with our customers, is a story that a pastor shared with me a little over a year ago. This particular pastor has a relatively small congregation of about 65 people. His church happens to be near a major interstate that runs from east to west coast. He manages several fishbows in his area, many of which are placed at local truck stops for truckers to pick up for free. One of his messages was picked up by a Jehovah's Witness who happened to have a connection to an unspecified religious cult over in Africa. This particular CD then ended up in the hands of some folks within this cult and then ultimately into the man's hands who was leading this group. He decided to listen to the CD and ended up giving his heart over to Jesus Christ and made a decision to follow our Lord!! It gets even better - this man was also able to convert several others within this cult over to Christianity as well! The pastor where the cd originated ended up receiving a very nice letter from the man who had been leading this cult who graciously explained the long journey that this CD had made and how it had made an impact on himself and many others close to him - all the way over in Africa!! All this from a pastor of about 65 people in a small town in rural Pennsylvania.
What a truly fantastic story this is and a great example of how you can reach just about anyone & anywhere with your messages. You may or may not hear stories quite as extreme as this one but you can rest assured that every time you see a CD has been taken you have gotten God's word to someone who needs it! There are so many hungry people out there and this is a fantastic way to reach them and hopefully even build a connection with them and get them walking in your doors!
If you are not currently utilizing this great evangelism tool I would encourage you to try it. If you do have an active fishbowl ministry and have any stories that you would be willing to share I would love to hear them (big or small), so please respond! We also like to publish such stories from time to time in both our catalogs and in a publication that Kingdom produces called "Media Ministry Newsletter". Who knows, your story may get chosen for an article! Please start them coming!
Looking forward to hearing your stories and helping us to encourage others to give this great ministry tool a try!
Thanks & God Bless!!
Media Ministry Consultant/ Sales Representative