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“Look in the Church Pews. Look in our homes. Where are our Men? Where are our young men? Where are our current and future manly leaders?”
Men have lost their way. Society tells them we don’t need you and we certainly don’t need your manliness. Men have found themselves isolated and lonely, and not able to open up to one another in order to encourage and challenge each other to servant leadership, to go deeper with God and be God’s man.
If men turn on the television, they flip right by the Christian Channel because it does not capture their attention. There is no cinematic video or gritty content to hold their attention. Let’s face it. It’s boring. The teaching may be good, but for the most part it is just talking heads. People don’t watch it, they tend to listen to like a radio station if at all. It’s great if you are already on a journey with God, but it does not grab the attention of the channel surfer who needs to find God.
Dramatic TV is so hard to do. It requires a good script, actors, wardrobes, sets and the fact is most of what we see looks like a high school play.
Christian Television desperately need a fresh approach. EWTN for example, goes into 186 million homes, but how many watch it for more than a moment?
Deep Adventure Ministries Inc and our show “Long Ride Home with Bear Woznick” grabs and holds the attention of the viewer long enough to draw them in and captivate their interest to watch the whole show. If you do not first entertain, you do not have a chance to call people to deeper and deeper conversion.
Making the challenge even more urgent is the fact that the forty and younger crowd does not even watch TV. More and more people only watch TV for news and sports and look to other sources for entertainment. Who will create TV shows that are quality enough to be acceptable to alternative distribution channels such as iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play. There are over a hundred million subscribers to these types of outlets.
Deep Adventure Ministries delivers compelling content on nearly every available platform.
“What if the message was gritty enough to grab men’s attention? What if the truth of the Gospel radiated from every moment of the show as the men live out their lives on camera?”
Jesus said “Go out on the highways and compel them to come.” That is what Deep Adventure Ministries, Inc is doing with Long Ride Home. We are rolling thunder down the highways reaching out to souls as we go, modeling manly Christianity, capturing this all on video and presenting the Gospel in a compelling new way that reaches outside the walls of the church. Who else is doing this?
Motorcycles are loud, they are manly and the men who ride them are too. Saint Francis once said, as he was going into a village to preach the gospel that he would only use words “when necessary.” I have heard people use this as a cop out for not verbalizing the Good News.
But look around you. It is time. IT IS NOW NECESSARY!! IT IS NOW NECESSARY FOR THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE TO BE HEARD. IT IS NECESSARY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. Let the Motorcycle engines rev as a call to men to rally together. One man at time. First one man and then another joining him and then another and then another.
What if there was Reality TV that had true to life Rocky Balboa type of drama rather than the petty drama of Hollywood reality TV. What if the Reality TV show had Nat Geo and Top Gear type of Cinematic Quality. What if the message was communicated not by telling people what they need to do but by just actually doing it and showing them. What if the message was gritty enough to grab men’s attention. What if the truth of the Gospel radiated from every moment of the show as the men live out their lives on camera.
Would men be drawn to this? When they see other men dealing with the same issues that they do, but seeing them in a context of true manly brother hood.
Would women be drawn to this? They are our biggest proponents. They are desperate for us to provide them with something they can send to their husbands, their brothers, their sons and their grandsons too that communicates that it takes a real man to love Jesus.
How do we measure our success? Changed lives, restored families and Church-wide renewal.