Project: Love Clan
Leader: Jate Earhart
Help gamers find & follow Jesus.
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Big Idea and Overview
We are specifically targeting people who otherwise would have nothing to do with Jesus. As a Discord (like an advanced message group, primarily used by gamers), we’ve created a community of gamers who invest in one another. People level up by chatting, and leveling up unlocks other channels— such as the prayer channel.
We believe being active in people’s lives and praying for them is the easiest door into deeper conversations. Most of my current focus this year has been on Twitch (livestream platform, primarily used by gamers). I livestream 12 hours a day on average, 6 days a week (+1 hour on Sunday where I pray for people in VR).
Again, my goal is to be active in people’s lives and pray for them. I am mostly playing games and chatting throughout the week while connecting with people. On Saturday, I read through a chapter of the Bible and we discuss it piece by piece. I make it a point that this is primarily for people who’ve never read the Bible before, but are curious, but perhaps don’t feel like they’d fit in at a church. This usually takes about 2 hours, and I do it while playing a game I can easily pause.
Customer / Mission Field Context
Gamers primarily— people who play video games. This is my primary mission field by far. I’m also into anime though, so I attract a fair number of “otakus & weebs” as well (people who love Japan and anime). I’ve been slowly self learning Japanese, and I found a way to live subtitle my streams in Japanese, so I now have a few regulars who watch even though they don’t speak much English.
Goals and Desired Outcomes
There are still 3 months left before I’ve been streaming full time for a year, but these are the metrics I want to continue to see increase. I don’t have exact goals for by how much because it still is fluctuating a lot from month to month.
184k chat messages (over 9 months) — When someone chats, we connect.
1.6 million total minutes watched (over 9 months) — Not everyone chats right away, some just want to watch and see first. This number isn’t as important to me as the chat messages number, but I expect to see it continue to go up.
1 streamer reproduced (over 9 months) — I’ve gotten other people to try live streaming, but I’ve only gotten 1 who is leading a Bible discussion once a week like I am currently. I have plans to start a stream team where this would be one of the requirements, but that’s definitely an up-and-coming goal I’d like to see happen in the next year.
Twitch: 184k chat messages, 1.6 million total minutes watched, 1 streamer reproduced, 1.7k followers.
Also just finished discussions through Luke (2+ hour discussions for each chapter) and are picking another chapter now. We did Acts & Titus in the Discord before I started live streaming as well.
Discord: Average of 6k chat messages per month, 30+ pray requests per month, just recently surpassed 1,000 total members.
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