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Church members are encouraged to host local "watch parties."
Hope Trending: A Crash Course on How to Live Without Fear is a live series of presentations with Pastor Dwight K. Nelson. Organizers say that the series will take viewers on a journey to purpose, meaning, and a hope-filled future. The series, which can be viewed globally, will be held October 14-22, at 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT — and, for convenience, will be made available for later viewing).
Hope Trending, a production of New Perceptions television ministry of Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, has been specifically designed for viewer interaction with the live program. Hosts may open their home for a private “watch party” with people they invite to keep things cozy and casual. The local church may also host several public groups in order to make Hope Trending available to everyone. Additionally, a public web stream will be made available during the live event for individual viewers who wish to engage with the Interactive Online Watch Party.
Hope Trending offers a live 60-minute program, featuring a 20-minute presentation by Dwight K. Nelson. Pastors David Franklin and Ty Gibson will serve as series host and live panel moderator, respectively.
Organizers say they want people to “participate with the live event through social media to connect with other viewers around the world.”
Hope Trending will be offered anywhere in the world an Internet connection is available. And Hope Channel is offering a wide variety of viewing options, including DirecTV, Satellite, and Roku.
Following the live program, registered hosts will guide a conversation with the local watch party group to make the teaching of the night practical for daily life. Hosts will be provided with resources to facilitate conversation. The goal is for groups to dig deeper into the topics presented, while growing the relationships that have been formed in the watch parties.
“Traditional evangelism necessitated people showing up in an auditorium or church, a major step into unfamiliar territory, even for people open to the thought of God,” explains Nelson. “The watch party instead makes that first step a warm and welcoming one — because they’re your friends and it’s your home. The nightly program will be streamed from the beautiful Howard Performing Arts Center here at Andrews University, but it will be experienced in the comfort of your own watch party.”
Whether it's by hosting a watch party, helping lead out in discussion, praying for your group, or just engaging with the conversation via social media, organizers say that “viewer participation is what makes Hope Trending special and unique.”
According to organizers, “It's a natural style to engage with your friends and neighbors, while collectively pursuing a closer relationship with God.”
The series’ website explains that “Hope Trending is all about community. Hope Trending is just the beginning of a conversation.”
Find out more on how to get involved; for additional information on viewing Hope Trending on Hope Channel visit hopetv.org.