An innovative new tool with the power to change the way churches do outreach to their communities is now available online – and pastors are loving it.

Make the Moment, created as a companion to the new USA Network reality show The Moment, offers churches a free and easy way to make a more profound difference in their communities by helping them gather and organize information about their congregations.

The idea for the campaign comes straight from the series, hosted by NFL Network analyst and former MVP quarterback Kurt Warner. The show features everyday people who are given a second chance at their dream careers through training under mentors who have excelled in those fields.

“I’ve never found something as simple and impactful to help us meet the needs of our neighbors as Make the Moment,” said Ken Foreman, senior pastor of Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, Calif. “It’s made it so easy for us to tackle outreach efforts from two perspectives: identifying the gifts and talents of those in our congregation and then matching them to the needs all around us.”

At the core of Make the Moment is a brief online questionnaire churches can email to their parishioners, allowing them to effortlessly identify and database the professional, educational and life experiences of the men and women in the pews. Those handy with home repair, those experienced in teaching English as a second language, those who know their way around a sewing machine or a computer all possess abilities that can blessings to others.

“We work with thousands of churches who are asking the right questions about matching up their people with their God-given passions,” says Geof Morin, chief communications officer for American Bible Society. “The opportunities to make meaningful moments for others, to be the hands and feet of Christ, are limitless.”

Warner said the ministry campaign is a perfect fit with the show.

“We’re able to offer big opportunities to our hopefuls – a chance at being a NASCAR driver, a choreographer, a sports photographer, a yachting captain,” he said. “But you don’t have to have a TV show to make the moment for somebody. It’s as simple as giving away the talents you have to help others – that’s what I love about Make the Moment.”

Taking part in the effort is easy: Visit www.MakeTheMoment.org and follow the simple instructions for registering your church and emailing a detailed questionnaire to your congregation, and you’ll be up-and-running. The website also has videos illustrating how other churches have used the Make the Moment program, sermon outlines and clips from the series to help pastors build enthusiasm for the campaign to their congregations.

“The show is all about second chances, which is something we as Christians certainly understand because we serve a God of second chances,” Warner said. “Make the Moment puts churches in a better position to make second chances a reality for those in need in their communities.”

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