Proposal #39

 

On Organizational Letterhead

 

"Empowering lives to be changed forever by an uncompromised presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a practical, helpful way."

 

November 14, 2004

 

Mr. Bob Vickers, President
The Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Dear Mr. Vickers:

Greetings! The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections/relationships.

 

 Now is THE TIME for a great harvest–Isn’t it exciting to see what God is doing and seek to join Him where He is working? I have been doing that for more than 25 years and plan to continue!

People in the U.S. and throughout the world are hurting and in need of Jesus!

More than 95% of the people in the United States profess "belief in a higher power." More than 60% believe in God as The Creator. Only 30% of them believe that Jesus is The Way to the Father. Of those, only 6% believe they have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son. Henry Blackaby voiced his concern for the American church during a conference at The Cove by stating, "In the midst of the growing darkness, God calls His church to be light." Especially after the dramatic events of September 11th, many people in our country are searching for meaning and value for their lives and yes, many people around the country are turning to the One True God. Unfortunately, many others struggle– and seeing people in their crises breaks my heart. . . especially when we have the answer for them. . . Families are crumbling at an alarming rate–hurting and in desperate need of help.
• The average youth spends 38 seconds a week in meaningful interaction with a parent.
• Single parent families represent half of the families in America. Many of these parents work two jobs and are often away from the home for long periods of time.
• Half of all new marriages end in divorce (even within the church).
•Young children through adult children see all they are, have, and ever hope for deteriorating before their eyes. . .

Consider this comment from a young man–maybe a familiar name: "Things have never been okay. It never seemed like anybody cared. . . I just didn’t have anybody to talk to about all the things I was going through." Luke Woodham, 17, Pearl, Mississippi school shooter; 3 dead, 7 wounded.

Robert Vickers Productions exists to address these issues in a multi-faceted, complete strategy that delivers to cities the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the felt need of the family. We are in the midst of an incredible movement of God! We have been a part of multi-organizational work throughout the country and have seen God move in unbelievable to accomplish His Kingdom’s work. After having served in the first Bush Presidential Administration and nine years at the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention) in metropolitan Warrensburg, I have now surrendered to God’s call upon my life as a full-time evangelist and am following that call in an active full-time evangelism ministry.

I am excited about what I sense God leading me to do and wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what my plans are. Although I have formulated the presentation to represent four areas, it is important that you understand the center piece of what we do is the Evangelistic Celebration. Everything else we do flows out this event. The great need of hurting students and families is a vital relationship with Christ. The other areas below are doors (felt needs) we enter in order to provide practical help and share the gospel. The four areas are:
• Evangelistic Celebrations
As an endorsed Evangelist with The Billy Graham Training Center, I have preached the Gospel to millions through open-air stadiums and coliseums, in arenas, and in churches all over the world.

• School-Based "Winning Choices" Assembly Campaign
Having spoken to more than 3 million youth since the late eighties, I have designed a program that has already embraced by school administrators. Students are challenged through a cutting edge school assembly that inspires and empowers teens to make "Winning Choices" regarding drugs, alcohol, and sexual promiscuity. The students are then invited to a Celebration at a stadium or civic center in the evening to hear the rest of the story of "Christ." They come by the thousands–many receive Christ.

• Building a Successful Family Weekend Conference
Our weekend conferences are designed to challenge families to empower families to: build and maintain intimacy in marriage, build bridges of communication, establish identity and build self-esteem, mentor their children, discipline effectively, cope with the tough times, and develop a successful worldview. These conferences are a part of the preparation for a Celebration and result in thousands of lost adults coming to get practical help for their family and in the process beginning a relationship with Christ.

• Operation Saturation: Saturating Hurting Families with the Message of Jesus
We have developed a saturation tool (enclosed) which contagiously communicates the claims of Christ through the felt need of the "family." It is distributed to every home in the area in preparation for a Celebration. According to Gallup, 92% of parents in the U.S. say "family" is either their first or second greatest concern—this is true the world over. This saturation strategy is being embraced nationwide.

You can help make and sustain these plans to reality. We are currently in need of reaching the next level–and we are excited about the partnering together with funders to get where God has called us to be.

We need help. We need your help to reach an entire nation for Jesus Christ–a practical Jesus as well as a Lord and Savior. Please review the enclosed proposal and support this vitally needed work. I am respectfully submitting it for your consideration. If you need additional information, or if I can answer any questions, please feel free to call me at (660) 747-6390 in my office or on my cell phone at (660) 111-2222.

We would greatly appreciate your financial support of the work. The harvest is ripe and the laborers are busy reaping and asking for help. Now is the time to invest in and leverage resources into empowering evangelization. People need help. Robert Vickers Productions needs help to help them. Thank you very much for your consideration. I am excited about establishing a partnership with you that will bear much fruit for the Kingdom!

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Dr. Robert Vickers, Founder and President
Robert Vickers Productions

Enclosure

 

Robert Vickers Productions
Ministry Summary Page
 

Organization Mission and Vision Statements:
Robert Vickers Productions exists to provide every person in America and around the world with a credible opportunity to respond to the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our vision is to utilize our four-fold strategic plan to leverage resources and volunteers to provide hope for students, parents, families, schools, and communities–all at the same time in empowering hope and change through Jesus Christ.

We envision a day when every person in America and around the world will have an opportunity to respond to the claims of Jesus Christ. We also work toward the day when the totality of the family– individuals, children, parents, and everyone will have opportunity to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and be empowered to live their lives in victory. Requiring a multi-faceted approach intervening into a community, we have a proven track record and plan to accomplish this simultaneously involving the following:
• Evangelistic Celebrations (See Page 2)
   –reaching 200,000 to 500,000 people in the evening Celebrations for only $2.00 per person).
• A School-Based "Winning Choices" Assembly Campaign (See Page 3)
   –reaching 6th through 12th graders through a school assembly during a school day (for .80 cents per youth).
• Building a Successful Family Weekend Conference (See Page 4)
   –reaching 50,000 couples strengthening marriages and families (for $3.00 per couple).
• Operation Saturation–Reaching Hurting Families with the Hope of the Gospel (See Page 5)
   –reaching tens of thousands to millions with practical help for the family and the printed presentation of the Gospel of Jesus
     Christ with instruments such as the attached Building a Successful Family book (for as little as $1.00 per salvation).

Organization Target Audience and Geographic Focus:
We have existing relationships and connections into more than 40,000 churches in America representing a "churched audience" of 20,000,000 people. However, our focus on community-wide ministry interventions during the next 24 to 36 months will be mostly on medium-sized cities throughout the South and Southeastern 12 states where we have had the most exposure during the past ten years and already have an established base.

Type of Organization:
Robert Vickers Productions is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization founded in 1980 in the State of Oklahoma and now located in metropolitan Warrensburg, Missouri. We are governed by a national Board of Directors of ten (See Board of Directors on Page 7) and operate under our own umbrella, Vickers, Inc. See attached 501 (c)(3) I.R.S. Department of Treasury Determination letter.

Primary Contact Information:
Dr. Robert Vickers, Founder/President     (660) 747-6390, Voice
Robert Vickers Productions                     (660) 111-2222, Cell
P.O. Box 1225                                       E-mail: rvickers@robertvickersproductions.org
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093                  Website: www.robertvickersproductions.org

Financial Request and Explanation:
The financial needs of an organization like ours are substantial at this critical time. The impact of these programs can be seen in the hundreds of letters and e-mails from students, principals, guidance counselors, and parents. To make this leap forward to a new level, we need resources in the amount of $997,600–although a portion of this will be generated at the local level (See Budget on Page 6). Will you partner with us, and those who are supporting us at the local level, to make this necessary step forward to intervene in the lives of the lost youth, parents, and families throughout the United States who are reaching out to us for practical help?

Accountability Statement:
The progress and effectiveness of Robert Vickers Productions will be determined by ongoing analysis and oversight of staff, advisors and Board of Directors. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluation measure that you request.

Evangelistic Celebrations
Robert Vickers Productions

The Need:
There are more that 200 million lost people in America and billions more lost around the world. Jesus said, "The son of man came to seek and to save the lost." In II Peter 3:9 God’s Word tells us that, "God is not willing that any should perish, but, that all should come to repentance." In past years, God mightily used Moody, Sunday, and in recent years, Billy Graham, to reap the harvest through stadium events. Evangelical leaders today are crying out for the next generation of harvest evangelists to step forward. For example, evangelical leaders in Oklahoma are committed to 50 arena or stadium events by the end of 2005 for their state alone. The list of those gifted, equipped, and available to do the celebrations is short.

Our Strategic Response:
Robert Vickers Productions is uniquely qualified and positioned to meet this need. Through God’s grace, Robert developed a close working relationship with the state evangelism leaders nationwide during the nine years he served the Southern Baptist Convention at the North American Mission Board providing oversight for the area of Family Evangelism. Additionally, he is one of ten evangelists recommended by the Billy Graham Training Center when the Graham team is unavailable for a harvest event. The area wide Robert Vickers Celebrations are built around the following tried and proven formula:
• Attraction–Robert uses professional athletes, recording artists, extreme sports, and other events to attract lost people to the stadium. While 95% of the lost people who come to Christ in a stadium event are brought by a believer, a major key to their success in bringing their lost friends is having special features that lost people are interested in hearing and seeing.

• Bridges–Relational bridges are vertical and horizontal. The vertical bridge is with God through prayer. Without God’s supernatural intervention, the Celebration is a waste of time. "If you plan and work, you get what man can do. But if you pray, you get what God can do." The horizontal bridges are people to people. Celebrations provide an opportunity to mobilize and equip the body of Christ to reach their city for Christ through building relational bridges. These bridges are built through 1) Having a city wide believers rally 12 weeks prior to the Celebration to mobilize Christians to implement Operation Andrew. 2) Saturating the city with the gospel through putting a Building a Successful Family book in every home. 3) Having a city wide Building a Successful Family Conference allowing believers an opportunity to bring their lost friends to an event where they can receive practical help for the home and hear the gospel. 4) Training one counselor to every two anticipated decisions to lead two people to begin a relationship with Christ who respond to the invitation during the Celebration and meet with them weekly for six weeks following the event to disciple them. These trained counselors are given 30 witnessing booklets and challenged to share their testimony and a booklet every day leading up to the Celebration. 5) During the Celebration, Robert or a team member will do a "Winning Choices" assembly in every middle and high school in the area. Christian students are armed with thousands of pizza tickets for a pre-service event on student night.

• Clearly Communicate the Gospel–At the event it is the job of the team to make the Gospel clear, relevant, compelling, and concise. Obviously, God causes the harvest.

Mission and Vision Statements:
The opportunity to conduct Gospel harvest celebrations is upon us. Robert Vickers Productions exists to provide very person in America and around the world with a credible opportunity to respond to the claims of Jesus Christ. We see a day when the Great Commission will be fulfilled.

Financial Request:
The cost of eight of these events during the next year is $700,000 to reach 200,000 people with an evangelistic message in a Celebration! (Four Celebrations at $75,000 each and four at $100,000–but up to 70% of the cost of each Celebration will be raised in the Host city/site.) We expect attendance to be 200,000 to 500,000 and more than 25,000 first-time professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Additional Information Concerning the Evangelistic Celebrations:
We will utilize up to 1,000 volunteers serving 100,000 man-hours to set-up, carry-put, and follow-up these Celebrations.


School-Based "Winning Choices" Assembly Campaign
Robert Vickers Productions

The Need:
The pre-teen and teen world today is a radically different place than their parents ever experienced. Due to this lack of understanding, there is a major "disconnect" taking place among our youth. In a Newsweek article dated April 8, 2000, General Colin Powell, current Secretary of State of the United States, stated "The problem of troubled youth is the biggest threat to the future of the United States. The amazing thing about this problem is that we know what the solution is. . . a memorable positive life experience and a relationship with a caring adult: a teacher, a mentor, a coach, or a parent." We believe that the youth are the most valuable natural resource we have, and without them our country has a dramatically reduced future.

Our Strategic Response:
We believe the solution to hopelessness is a cutting-edge program that has already been embraced by school administrators and political leaders around the nation. The Winning Choices assembly is filled with humor and gripping life-stories that connect with students in a powerful way. Teens learn self respect and that success is first and foremost an inside job. They are challenged to stand up for what they believe resulting in rewarding life choices regarding drugs, alcohol, and sexual promiscuity. The inspirational assembly is followed by a six week study in the classroom on the nuts and bolts of making winning choices. These assemblies are often done in conjunction with a local church or area wide celebration. The students are invited by their friends to church or a stadium where they can hear the rest of the story–the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Robert Vickers Productions is strategically positioned to offer help, hope, and encouragement to this incredibly important segment of our nation’s population on their turf in the public school. Dr. Pipes was a presenter for the president’s war on drugs during the first Bush Administration. He has spoken to more that three million students and parents around the world. Additionally, he has been speaking in churches and for groups of churches in civic centers and stadiums for over 27 years. These connections with school officials and church leaders offer a dynamic and unique opportunity to reach millions of students with the Gospel and assimilate them into local churches where they can connect with mentors and other Christian students.

Here is our plan: Our target group consists of teenagers from 13 to 18 years of age in middle schools and high schools throughout the United States. We are currently scheduling 8-10 area celebrations for 2003 where we do assemblies in every middle and high school in the surrounding area. Additionally, we are targeting Missouri schools for the Winning Choices Assembly and follow-up curriculum. Many schools will contact us after reviewing our material and speaking with other school officials about the positive impact our process had in their school. We will minister to the more than 150,000 youth in the eleven counties in Missouri in the school year of 2002/2003 alone. Throughout the United States, we will be in front of more than 300,000 youth total in these school-based assemblies.

Mission and Vision Statements:
Our mission is to provide every student in America with a credible opportunity to respond to the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. We see a day when every teen in the United States will have had an opportunity to respond to the claims of Christ. During the next 12 months, we will present this opportunity to 150,000 to 300,000 youth in America.

Financial Request:
The cost of this youth assembly program for 150,000 to 300,000 youth during the first year is $120,000. A large portion of the cost of each school assembly will be generated at the local level.

Additional Information Concerning the School-Based Winning Choices Assembly Campaign:
We will utilize up to 500 volunteers serving 20,000 man-hours to reach and follow-up this program.

 

Building a Successful Family Conference
Robert Vickers Productions

The Need:
People are hurting and, more times than not, they have very few places to turn to for help. Up to 50% of all marriages end in divorce and three of every four children in America will grow up without both parents in the home. This very day, more than any other time in history, the American family is under attack.
Today... one-half of all new marriages end in divorce (even within the church).
Today... an additional 6.7 million Americans are separated.
Today... the divorce rate of Christian marriages is higher than that of non-Christians.
Today... the United States’ divorce rate is double than Europe’s divorce rate.
Today... one million children will see their parents go through a divorce within the next 12 months. Half of these children will see a second divorce before age 18.
Today... 24 million children are living away from their father. Tonight, 40% of America’s children will go to bed without their father in the home–33% of children won’t see their dad this year.

The destruction of the American family isn’t just isolated to families ripped apart by divorce. In our attempt to fill the void in our lives, the distractions of "the world" (materialism, career pressures, social stress, finances, temptations) are leading families away from true intimacy. These things are stealing our joy. The busy life is taking over what’s really most important...simply putting our trust and faith in God and following His infallible plan for our marriage and family.

Our Strategic Response:
Our weekend conferences are designed to challenge families to answer the questions "what is our purpose," "what is our plan," and "what will it take to get there?" Not only do we assist families to answer these questions, we empower them to: build and maintain intimacy in marriage, build bridges of communication, establish identity and build self-esteem, mentor their children, discipline effectively, cope with the tough times, and develop a successful worldview. The dynamics of our mission are:
• To provide a cutting edge event and resources to encourage and equip families to be healthy.
• To leverage and increase the return on each dollar invested towards building healthy families in America.
• To effectively utilize the felt need of the family to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The focus of Building a Successful Family Conference is on the family unit throughout the United States and around the world. Through over 16 years of conferences and because of contacts within the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention), we have access to thousands of churches throughout the United States and around the world. Additionally, the Building a Successful Family Conference and Operation Saturation are both part of the preparation of an area evangelistic celebration. The weekend conference takes place twelve weeks prior to an area celebration and attracts a large number of lost families. There are many hurting adults who aren’t interested in the Gospel and would probably not attend an evangelistic event but they have a relationship with a spouse or family member that is ripping their heart out. When offered practical help with their family, they come. According to Gallup, 92% of parents in the United States say family is either their first or second greatest concern–this is true the world over.

Mission and Vision Statement:
Robert Vickers Productions exists to provide every person in America and around the world with a credible opportunity to respond to the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. We see a day when every family in the United States will have had the opportunity to respond to the claims of Christ and develop healthy family relationships that will impact our culture for generations to come. We will provide practical hope and training through this conference to 50,000 couples during the next year.

Financial Request:
The cost to provide this conference to 50,000 couples in the next twelve months is $150,000. Up to 80% of the cost for each of these weekends will be generated by the Host church or group of Host churches.

Additional Information Concerning the Building a Successful Family Weekend Marriage Conference:
Most tertiary assistance will be provided by the Host church or a group of Host churches.

 

Operation Saturation
Reaching Hurting Families with the Hope of the Gospel
Robert Vickers Productions

The Need:
There are more that 200 million lost people in America and billions more around the world. Jesus said, "The son of man came to seek and to save the lost." In all five of the Great Commissions the message from the Savior is clear, "until I come again, make disciples." The early church without question understood His mandate in Acts 1:8. Christ went up, the Holy Spirit came down, and the church went out. The greatest need of our day is to saturate this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ—to fulfill the Great Commission.

Our Strategic Response:
We are uniquely qualified and positioned to respond in partnership with the North American Mission Board, state conventions, associations, and churches to this need. We have developed a saturation tool which contagiously communicates the claims of Christ through the felt need of "the family." According to Gallup, 92% of parents in the U.S. say "family" is either their first or second greatest concern—this is true the world over. The tool is a book titled, Building a Successful Family: Basic Building Blocks for a Healthy Home. It uses the metaphor of building a house to communicate the basic building blocks of a healthy family and ends with a chapter on worldview which effectively shares the claims of Christ. The North American Mission Board has developed a media campaign to support the book and are partnering with Robert Vickers Productions through the Evangelism Response Center. The Evangelism Response Center has over 10,000 trained phone encouragers who are prepared to help those who call receive Christ and refer them to a local church who will follow up and assimilate them into a local church. The toll-free number is in the back of the Building a Successful Family book.

Robert Vickers Productions and the North American Mission Board are working with state conventions and associations to saturate America with the gospel. Here is how it works:
• Robert Vickers Productions and the North American Mission Board have developed promotional materials to share with state conventions, associations and churches and network with key leaders.
• The state conventions, associations, or churches chooses to saturate their area with the gospel: leaders contact North American Mission Board to arrange media campaign, order the Building A Successful Family books, and arrange area mailing.
• Leaders alert the Evangelism Response Center of the books "shipping date" and the Evangelism Response Center alerts the phone encouragers to be ready for the additional calls.
• Thousands and tens of thousands of people call in and receive a message of hope and of Jesus Christ.

Mission and Vision Statement:
Robert Vickers Productions exists to provide every person in America and around the world with a credible opportunity to respond to the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. By providing the written word and presentation of Jesus Christ along with the practical information on the family in the Building a Successful Family book, we can get the Gospel in to every home in a defined geographic area in a compelling way. The initial distribution is easy to measure but the accuracy in recording all of the decisions will be more difficult. Many of those who pray to receive Christ at the end of the book will have a solid Christian friend or a casual relationship with a church. Therefore, they will probably choose to speak with someone they know rather than speak to someone they don’t know at the end of an 1-800 number.

Financial Request:
The cost of this type of saturation will be determined on the distribution of materials: the size of the city to be saturated, the number of families in the congressional district, the number of homes in a state evangelism director’s area, the number of homes in America. The cost ranges from $4 down to $1.25 per book depending on the number of books ordered and the strategic plan for each saturation..

Additional Information Concerning Operation Saturation:
A variety of saturations may take place: company owners may saturate their company: single donors may saturate their church or city; a donor may saturate the entire country, or any number of combinations.

 

Robert Vickers Productions
Budget Page
(in thousands)

Program Costs:
Marketing $ 140.0
Travel $ 135.0
Facilities $ 110.0
Honoraria $ 280.0
Total Program Costs: $ 665.0
General and Administration Costs:
Rent $ 15.0
Administrative Salaries and Benefits $ 285.0
Legal and Professional $ 5.0
Communications $ 14.4
Office Supplies $ 2.0
Maintenance $ 1.2
Training $ 4.0
Depreciation $ 6.0
Total General & Administration Costs: $ 332.6
TOTAL MINISTRY BUDGET: $ 997.6

Sample Gift Chart to Meet the Budget Need:
Number of gifts needed Range Total (if midpoints)
1 lead matching gift      100,000 to 150,000    125,000
3 lead gifts                    50,000 to 100,000    225,000
10                                10,000 to   30,000    200,000
20                                  5,000 to   10,000    150,000
75                                  1,000 to     5,000    225,000
100 +                                100 to     1,000      50,000

Summary:
It would be a great privilege to co-labor with you as we engage in this important part of the Kingdom-Building community–evangelism. We are very open to any evaluation, input, or ideas you are willing to give, and would be very excited to work toward an ongoing partnership.