The Nathanael Project is a church-evangelism program. A spiritual adventure or journey in evangelism.
In John 1 Philip meets Jesus and immediately goes to his friend, Nathanael, to bring him to Christ. We believe that everyone has a Nathanael (friend, relative, co-worker, neighbor, etc.) who needs to come to Jesus.
Absolutely. Statistics reveal, however, that it’s just not happening. Over 80% of believers will never share their faith with over 90% never having the privilege of leading someone to Jesus. In fact, at any given moment, 50% of believers are not even praying for a lost soul.
So, the project is geared to focus on just one person---two months of praying for and working with that one Nathanael that God has laid on their heart. Obviously, it may take longer to see them come to Christ, but we think that a two-month period will jump-start the process.
We hope for one’s entire life . . . we’re praying that this will create a culture of evangelism, but The Nathanael Project lasts for 2-months (9 Sundays – the first 8 run congruent with the 8-chapters of Dan Allen’s book – Exhaling the Gospel of Jesus Christ - the 9th Sunday or weekend is reserved for your folks to invite their Nathanael to a special service or program where the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be clearly explained. An in-church name for it might be “Nathanael Sunday”).
This program starts from the preaching behind the pulpit and includes – Small Groups, Adult Sunday School classes, Children Church (both Junior and Primary churches), as well as a complete program for teens.
Sermons for the pulpit and materials for the other ministry of your church have been written and are available to use.
Our director, Dan Allen’s book, Exhaling the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Evangelism as Natural as Breathing the Truth, is the foundation for the journey. It is recommended that each family have this short but meaningful and helpful book. The “Tools for Witnessing” in the back are very helpful.
The Bible is our guidebook for life. Everyone must have a Bible.
The “Daily & Family Devotional & Small Group Guide” will be helpful for each adult and/or family to have. This becomes a daily reminder and reinforcement of the weekly themes as one reads the daily Scriptures, short exhortation and memorizes witnessing verses. One page per week is devoted for family devotion suggestions as well as family and homeschooling assignments or for further study. The booklet also contains the weekly Small Group material.
The Nathanael Project Manual. This includes explanation of program, starter materials, calendar, and suggested advertising promotional. The Small Group Leaders Guide as well as curriculum for Adult Sunday School are contained in the manual. All of this is reproducable for member churches.
No, however, it would be wise to stick with the theme since the rest of the church will be following that theme. The adult Sunday School curriculum stick with the theme but uses different Biblical passages.
Yes, all the materials, including Dan’s book (Kindle edition - Amazon) are at our website – www.TheNathanaelProject.com. It is password protected. The password is given to a church upon paying the fee. The access to the website is for six month. Anyone in your church, especially pastors, teachers and team members for the project can have access to the materials using the same password during your subscription. A second-level access is given to the pastor and/or leader of the program.
The honor system is involved here. Please do not give your password to another church or ministry. This ministry is funded by the fee and sale of materials.
Fill out the short application (located under “Contact” on www.TheNathanaelProject) and pay your subscription via the online payment or send the application and check to: 800FollowMe, PO Box 11, Telford, PA 18969. Your password will be automatically sent to you when the payment has been received.
There is a fee which gives the church access to all the material on the website. See “Fee” under “Introduction”.
Yes, depending on the level of your membership. See the chart under “Fee” under “Introduction.”
This ministry concept has been under development for several years. Eleven test-churches ran the program in 2014 to 2017 while it was being developed.
A church can use the program anyway in which they feel it will have the most impact on the greatest number of their people. We have found, however, that if it is just something the pastor preaches, it becomes simply another sermon series. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but to get the fullest impact requires the entire church to be involved. Commitment and accountability can be generated from small groups. Test churches that did not use the small group material saw little to no results. However, there are other ways to develop commitment and accountablity. We’d be interested to learn what works for you.
The hope is to get as many people as possible involved. During Dan Allen’s 25-years of pastoring, he used an evangelism program that ran ancillary to the church. It was an excellent program, but only with a small percentage of the church and, thus, produced a modicum of results. This program, however, is designed to involve everyone in the church – “Everyone has a Nathanael!”
The success of the program will depend on how much you and your church put into this.
No. This material will work with any Bible believing church. See Core Values.
The test churches consisted of Independent Churches, a Baptist Church, a United Methodist church and several Bible Fellowship Churches.
The materials found on the website are yours to use during the six month subscription. You may not, however, take the material, recast it and sell it without permission from 800FollowMe. Dan Allen’s book is copyrighted. The entire program is also copyrighted, but permission is granted for you to use it within your church.
We will work with you. Contact: [email protected]
Yes. We have a program that can be used in either Sunday School or Children’s Church for both primary age children (preschool thru 2nd grade) and junior age children (3rd thru 6th grades).
One of the test churches saw four children come to know the Lord using the Children’s material.
A comprehensive program including philosophy of use, teaching materials, Q & A for after the teaching and small group material is in the packet for teens. It is excellent curriculum written by a youth pastor.
There are three or four times during the course of the year which works best for a 2-month, uninterrupted period to use something like this: September-October and before and after Easter. It’s hard to keep the small groups going during the summer and into September when people are on vacation and programs in the church are sparking-up, respectively. The dead of winter can be a challenge depending where you are located in the country. Starting of the New Year with this program would be beneficial. It could be the focus of the entire year.
Absolutely! We encourage feedback. God to “Contact” on the website and click on “Suggestions.” The 800FollowMe team will make final decisions as ot what materials may appear on the website.
Yes, in fact there are several things we’d like you to share with us:
800FollowMe is a 501c3 non-profit ministry which is the brainchild of Dick Dean, owner and founder of Channel 69, Allentown, PA, and various radio stations across the country. His goal was to use the “800” number as a means of sharing the Good News by using Christian media ministers answering a specific question. Some of these questions/answers can be seen on www.800FollowMe.com. Upon hiring veteran minister Dan Allen through the Christian Heritage Foundation, the vision expanded to include The Nathanael Project as well as social media evangelism. Still on the drawing board is the development of a discipleship program.
Dan Allen became a follower of Jesus Christ at an early age under the tutelage of Godly parents. He grew-up in a pastor’s house. He graduated from Bible College (Lynchburg Baptist College, now Liberty University) and Seminary (Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, PA). He received an honorary doctorate degree (D.D.) from Lancaster Bible College for his over twenty-three years of ministry in the greater Lancaster County, PA, area pastoring the Bible Fellowship Church of Ephrata, galvanizing through prayer pastors in his community to work together for the Kingdom and his use of the media (radio, TV and local newspapers) to spread the Gospel.
Dan’s first church was in Cape May Courthouse, NJ (1979-1980) and he directed Pinebrook Bible Conference, Stroudsburg, PA, (2005-2011). Since then he’s been the director of both 800FollowMe and his personal ministry Joy in Jesus Ministries where he and his wife mentor pastors and wives; he continues his pulpit and media ministries as well as trains pastors and Christian workers in India.
He and his wife, Vonnie, have three married children (one with the Lord) and seven grandchildren . . . about whom he’d be dlighted to show his photos.
Each Sunday he goes to churches representing 800FollowMe and his Lord. He’d love to come to your hcurch. You can reach dan –[email protected]