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NOT A FAN teaching series hosted/created by Kyle Idleman, Teaching Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, where more than 19,000 people
gather each weekend

(Nashville, TN)  October 14, 2010 –  The new NOT A FAN teaching series, produced by City On A Hill Productions is a video-based small-group study that challenges individuals and people in churches everywhere to look at their faith in a unique way.  Definitely not a conventional teaching series, NOT A FAN is a cinematic journey through a series of six mini-movies, created in a unique manner never before done.

NOT A FAN came about one Easter as Kyle Idleman was praying through the message he would teach during one of the most important—and highest-attended services—of the year. Looking in the Bible to see what Jesus preached to large crowds, he discovered that those were the times Jesus really challenged people’s commitment levels. Kyle had an “a-ha” moment, realizing that Jesus wants each of us to be a completely committed follower—not a fan. NOT A FAN became a teaching series beginning that Easter Sunday … and continuing on in a new video series from City On A Hill Studios.

The series asks boldly:  “Are you a follower of Jesus?”  According to the teaching, one of the most sobering passages of Scripture in the Bible is in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 7, as Jesus tells of a day where everyone who has ever lived will stand before God. On that day many of us who call ourselves Christians and identify ourselves as followers will stand confidently in front of Jesus only to hear him say, “I never knew you. Away from me.”

Idleman and his creative team hope that the NOT A FAN video series will either confirm one’s confidence in being a “follower of Jesus” or convict him/her to reevaluate their relationship with Jesus and bring them to a commitment to follow Him.

“I know it’s a challenge to sift through new resources and try to decide what God wants His church to hear. NOT A FAN isn’t dressed-up or watered-down and I think that why God has already used it in such a powerful way,” says Idleman.   “I am a completely committed follower and we’d love to have every church and individual Christian believer join us on this journey.”

NOT A FAN is designed to awaken second-chair Christians—fans—and motivate them to take the journey to the first chair—followers. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible in order to:

• Awaken the fans to their current condition and the need to change
• Provide resources and opportunities for them to grow a little bit each day
• Connect them with others on the same journey
• Introduce them to real people that have made the journey before them
• Provide challenges for them to live out their faith
• Mobilize larger groups to impact their communities in the name of Jesus
• Mobilize followers in active relational evangelism

The mini-movie concept of the series portrays the world of Eric Nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian. But after he has a heart attack, Eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of—and his relationships with—his friends and family.

Interweaving Kyle’s teaching with this unique and dramatic storytelling, NOT A FAN challenges people to think through how things would change if they lived as Jesus lived and loved the way He loved. “Isn’t it time to stop being a fan … and start truly following?,” asks Idleman.

“We’ve all been there,” says Idleman.  “There’s a teacher behind the podium, lecturing. A minister in the pulpit, preaching. When someone is talking at you, it’s pretty easy to tune out. But when you watch a story unfold on television or a movie screen, you become part of the action.  You see the wind blow and the sky grow dark. You worry as you watch two people search desperately for something precious that’s been lost. These stories become our stories. That’s what makes story—and film—so powerful.

Since 2003, City On A Hill has produced a variety of short dramatic films and multi-episode DVD series that put faith in a thoroughly modern context. Combining dynamic filmmaking and searing drama rooted in the Gospel, City on a Hill creates high-quality films of surprising honesty. City On A Hill is using the power of story for a higher purpose.

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