The event in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, Feb. 21, drew 152 total people, with 45 of those being new guests who were invited to attend via ads in Beyond Today magazine, BT subscriber letters, online advertising, e-mail advertising and Pandora radio ads.
The home office team then visited Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, March 20. The seminar drew 96 total people, with 55 of those being new guests.
Then the event in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, April 10, drew 71 total people, with 24 of those being new guests.
Once again invitations to attend were sent via ads in Beyond Today magazine, BT subscriber letters, online advertising, e-mail advertising and Pandora radio ads.
The campaigns are an additional tool designed to provoke our current magazine subscribers and television viewers to make an effort to visit us face to face. By shaking hands with a pastor in their city, or by personally meeting our Beyond Today presenters, we hope to add personal contact and engagement with our most interested followers.
The bulk of our advertising and outreach for them is directed at our current subscribers and donors. They are the group that is most ripe for a greater relationship with the Church. After reaching them with multiple communications, we then also reach out to the general public and invite them to attend.
Beyond Today hosts Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and Gary Petty each presented a segment of the program—which lasted about 70 minutes. The multimedia event included video, music, theatrical lighting, slides and the three lectures. Our presenters explained:
Why we have issues in the world and our personal lives—sin.
That the solution is repentance and realizing your potential as God’s literal child.
And the next critical steps: following Jesus’ example in everything, including Sabbath observance and baptism.
The messages were intended to be both uplifting and challenging for our guests, some of whom were experiencing this message of the Bible for the first time. But many attendees represented our current subscriber base, who have been reading and watching our content for years. We hope this represents a new step in their engagement with the work of the Church and in their spiritual growth as individuals God is calling for His purpose.
The three hosts were accompanied and assisted by Church president Victor Kubik and Media and Communications Services operation manager Peter Eddington, along with a crew of four home office employees. Equipment for the events was also provided by the home office and traveled along with the technical crew.
Each location announced follow-up Sabbath service, and the seminar program handed out at each campaign included pastoral contact information. There is also the bi-weekly Bible study webcast at the home office that was advertised to the seminar attendees.
Much thanks has to go to the pastors and members of each congregation for their help in making the tour such a success. The membership of all three congregations provided support for the events in the form of planning assistance, ushering and greeting. It would not have gone as well without their help.
There were many requests for seminars to come back to Tennessee and Indiana for follow-up events, and there have also been requests to take the America: The Time Is Now! program to other cities in the U.S.
Plans are underway to do 11 more live Beyond Today appearances over a 12-month period to cities that are within a day or two drive of Cincinnati.
|Chicago West, Illinois||Sun., June 26||3 p.m.|
|Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Mon., June 27||7:30 p.m.|
|Cleveland, Ohio||Sun., Aug. 14||3 p.m.|
|Dayton, Ohio||Sun., Aug. 21||3 p.m.|
|Raleigh, North Carolina||Tues., Sept. 20||7:30 p.m.|
|Greensboro, North Carolina||Thurs., Sept. 22||7:30 p.m.|
|Charlotte, North Carolina||Sun., Sept. 25||3 p.m.|
|Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida||Sun., Feb. 19||3 p.m.|
|Orlando, Florida||Mon., Feb. 20||7:30 p.m.|
|Kansas City, Missouri||Sun., March 19||3 p.m.|
|St. Louis/Troy, Missouri||Mon., March 20||7:30 p.m.|