The Freebird Project

Recent studies show work stress and job dissatisfaction are among the biggest issues facing us today. The Freebird Project empowers churches and marketplace ministries to inspire meaningful conversation around the intersection of our work lives and our spiritual lives. It’s your tool to help people find freedom at work and in the rest of their lives as well.

The Freebird Project can be tailored to your vision. Consider three catalytic opportunities to engage and mobilize your church or ministry:



THE BOOK

We work hard—very hard—but often wonder why. What’s the point? Is all this work accomplishing anything meaningful?

Drawing on his work with people who work in every field—from CEOs to stay-at-home parents—Rick Shurtz tells the story of Tyler O’Brian, a record setting executive who knows how to win. The further he gets ahead, though, the less corporate non-sense Tyler is willing to tolerate. When a group of high school friends pose a dare, Tyler finds himself in a conversation he certainly didn’t expect and unquestionably didn’t want, but one that ultimate makes him think.

What do we really want? What will make us happy? What were we made for? In the midst of life’s reality—the reality of work—how might we be liberated? How might we be free?

“If you are ready to consider God’s purpose for your work, I think this book may be one of the most helpful places to start. ” -Nancy Ortberg, Director of Leadership Development/Organizational Consultant


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SMALL GROUP CURRICULUM

“We worked hard to create a first class small group curriculum accessible to any willing leader. This curriculum empowers groups in any setting: church, neighborhood, workplace. It’s the go to curriculum for powerful conversations on work and faith. “- Brett Eastman, Lifetogether

The Freebird story unfolds conversationally, which primes the pump for conversations of your own. The Freebird Small-Group Curriculum consists of a Freebird DVD and Conversation Guide that work together empowering both new and seasoned small group leaders.

 

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Lead Your Small Group with the Conversation Guide and Companion DVD! Click Below to Find out more!

The Freebird DVD

 
  • Brief video teaching from author Rick Shurtz to catalyze conversation
  • A mini-movie series, with characters from Freebird, embedded in the teaching
  • Seven "Leader Lifters,"  giving best practices for small-group leaders
  • Two vision videos: Vision for your Groups and vision for the 21 day challenge

WEEK ONE OF THE COMPANION DVD

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The Conversation Guide

  • Empowers leaders with thought-provoking questions to facilitate  profound conversations
  • Inspires participants with real-life stories changed by Freebird principles
  • Coaches leaders with proven best practices
  • Works in partnership with the Freebird DVD making small group leadership accessible to both new and seasoned leaders
Preview The Conversation Guide! -Click Here (PDF Download)
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THE CAMPAIGN

Freebird resources can be leveraged for a catalytic teaching series you tailor to your own church or ministry. This series can be a simple four-week series, a connection series to launch new groups, or a high momentum campaign to reach neighbors, co-workers and friends. Unique and creative resources have already been created that you adopt and adapt to fulfill the vision that best suits your ministry. Click below for more detail.

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Lead your church through a four-week sermon series on the intersection of our spiritual lives and our work lives.

How it works:

  • Vision Sunday
    • Cast vision for the Freebird series
    • Make books available at discounted prices
  • Sermon Series
    • Lead the church through a 4-week sermon series
    • Address the three sides of the work-desire triangle presented in the book
  • 21-Day Challenge
    • Challenge participants to take the 21-Day Challenge
    • For 21 days participants follow a 21-day devotional guide that inspires an intensified focus on living by faith, hope, and love
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What we’ll provide:

  • The Freebird book
  • The Online Toolkit
  • Sermon notes
  • Mini-movies to creatively set-up each sermon
  • Series graphics and promotional resources
  • Training and ideas for how to maximize this opportunity
  • The 21-Day Challenge made available online at no charge for all participants

What it costs:

  • Participants purchase Freebird books at discounted prices
  • All other online support - and access to the 21-Day Challenge - is free
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Align small groups with the sermons series for multiplied connection and to launch new groups.

How it works:

  • Vision Sunday
    • Cast vision for the Freebird Series
    • Cast vision for Freebird groups
    • Make Freebird books, Conversation Guides, and DVD’s available at discounted prices
  • Connection Sunday
    • Invite participants to join new and existing small groups
    • Make Freebird books, Conversation Guides, and DVD’s available at discounted prices
  • Sermon Series
    • Lead the church through a 4-week sermon series
    • Address the three sides of the work-desire triangle presented in the book
  • 21-Day Challenge
    • Challenge participants to take the 21-Day Challenge
    • For 21 days participants follow a 21-day devotional guide that inspires an intensified focus on living by faith, hope, and love
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What we’ll provide:

  • The Freebird book
  • The Freebird Conversation Guide (a small group study guide)
    • Used by participants to track key insights
    • Used by leaders to facilitate conversation
  • The Freebird DVD
    • Teaching by author Rick Shurtz to introduce each week’s small group discussion
    • Professionally produced mini-movies with characters from the book
    • Leader Lifters to train and equip small group leaders
  • The Online Toolkit
    • Sermon notes
    • Mini-movies to creatively set-up each sermon
    • Series graphics and promotional resources
    • Training and ideas for how to maximize this opportunity
    • The 21-Day Challenge made available online at no charge for all participants

What it costs:

  •  The Freebird book and Conversation Guide, are made available for participants to purchase at discounted prices
  • Volume Pricing (Discounts Applied At Checkout)
        1 for $10
        3 for $20
             5 for $25
  • Freebird DVD Available at $10.00
  • All other online support - and access to the 21-Day Challenge - is free
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Empower your church or ministry to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate in The Freebird Project.

How it works:

  • Vision Sunday
    • Cast vision for the Freebird Series (Use video by Rick Shurtz if desired)
    • Cast vision for the Freebird Challenge
    • Cast vision for Freebird groups
    • Make books available at discounted prices to inspire and equip outreach
      • 1 book for $10
      • 3 books for $20
      • 5 books for $25
  • Mobilization Sunday
    • Cast vision for outreach
    • Cast vision for people willing to lead and facilitate Freebird small groups
      • Groups to connect the unconnected in your church or ministry
      • Groups to connect those new to your church or ministry
    • Make books available at discounted prices to inspire and equip outreach
    • Connection Sunday
      • Invite participants to join new and existing small groups
      • Make Freebird books, Conversation Guides, and DVD’s available at discounted prices
    • Sermon Series
      • Lead the church through a 4-week sermon series
      • Address the three sides of the work-desire triangle presented in the book
    • 21-Day Challenge
      • Challenge participants to take the 21-Day Challenge
      • For 21 days participants follow a 21-day devotional guide that inspires an intensified focus on living by faith, hope, and love
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What we’ll provide:

  • The Freebird book
    • Available at discounted prices ongoing
 
  • The Freebird Conversation Guide (a small group study guide)
    • Used by participants to track key insights
    • Used by leaders to facilitate conversation
 
  • The Freebird DVD
    • Teaching by author Rick Shurtz to introduce each week’s small group discussion
    • Professionally produced mini-movies with characters from the book
    • Leader Lifters to train and equip small group leaders
 
  • The Online Toolkit
    • Sermon notes
    • Mini-movies to creatively set-up each sermon
    • Series graphics and promotional resources
    • Training and ideas for how to maximize this opportunity
 
  • The 21-Day Challenge made available online at no charge for all participants

What it costs:

  • The Freebird book, Conversation Guide, and DVD are made available for participants to purchase at discounted prices
  • All other online support - and access to the 21-Day Challenge - is free
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