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Go Big – Take Your Life From Ordinary To Extraordinary Book Trailer

Here is the book trailer for my new book: “Go Big – Take Your Life For Ordinary To Extraordinary.”  It’s not supposed to be released until December 3rd; however we have been selling bulk orders to churches. The book is basically a workbook/training manual if you will. There are 7 short Chapters with a workbook section at the end of each chapter. It’s a great small group resource or a personal resource to help you have a successful 2013.

Click this link to pick up a copy. If you would like discounted rates for bulk orders, give me a shout.

The official site GoBigBook.com will be up and live Mon. December 3rd.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring “Church Diversity Week”

Nearly 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must face the sad fact that at the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday Morning, when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.” Unfortunately, Dr. King’s quote still rings true today.

One of the many efforts to elevate the conversation of the lack of ethnic diversity in the church and to promote a more unified Body Of Christ is “Church Diversity Week.”  Again, as we seek to continue this conversation and begin to truly see the sign on the doors of our churches read, “Everyone Welcome,” we wanted to provide a platform for churches to become a part of the movement.  Church Diversity Week is a globally recognized week to encourage and promote unity within the local church.

This week happens to fall on the calendar beginning the Friday prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) and lasts the entire week. There are many different ways to celebrate Church Diversity Week; however, at its core it’s about encouraging and promoting unity and diversity in the church.  You can go to ChurchDiversity.com and check out some of the ides or you can grab a copy of my book, “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Say Of The Week” which outlines various strategies including Church Diversity Week.

Without any promotion and simply word of mouth, we have well over 100 churches representing half of the U.S. States, in addition to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, Australia and the Czech Republic who have identified themselves as participants.  You can add your church here:

I am happy to announce that last week the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin signed a proclamation which officially recognizes January 13 – January 20 as “Church Diversity Week” in the State Of Oklahoma. I’m proud of our State leadership and I’m looking forward to continued momentum around the country.  At it’s core Church Diversity is about reaching more people for Christ.

It’s important that our churches have a genuine heart to do as Jesus calls us to in the Great Commission and that’s to make disciples of “all nations.”  It’s also important in the U.S. to be aware of the fact that minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years. A great reminder of Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The “tipping point” is imminent when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.  “Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century. For America’s children, the future is now,” said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends.  These trends are representative of our zip codes, our communities, our city, our nation, the world and the church.

There are already plans in the works for next year to possibly implement an entire Church Diversity Month, with a month long small group/Bible study curriculum for the entire church. Some of these materials are available this year, with more to come (click here).  Check out ChurchDiversity.com for more info. or follow @ChurchDiversity on Twitter.

Again, I want to thank Governor Fallin for her leadership and signing the “Church Diversity Week” proclamation.  If you or your church is not involved, jump in and be a part of changing the future of the church.

Is your church participating in Church Diversity Week?  Share any thoughts or ideas that you may have.

The Help, The Hope & The Healer

I know I’m late to the party as it comes to watching “The Help,” however my wife and I just saw it last night.  Honestly, I’m not sure how a couple of crazy months went by without us meandering into the theater to see a move about race, justice and the light at the end of the tunnel.

I was actually surprised that the movie was still showing at the theaters, considering how long ago it was released.  I shared my surprise with the guy at the AMC Theater ticket counter and he said this, “We have lots of old people that still buy tickets.”  My response, “Are you saying that I’m old?”  His response, “No I mean like really old people in wheelchairs and with canes and walkers.”  The funny thing is we had to wait on an old lady as her daughter helped her gingerly walk up the stairs in the theater.

I have mentioned in my Social Media streams that I’m going to share my thoughts about the movie and I generally do a quick review of movies.  For instance here is one that I did on The Karate Kid when it came out.

I’m not going to do a typical review, however I will share my thoughts.  The help was real and captured the realities of racism in a way that is palatable for moviegoers.  Additionally, it provoked plenty of emotions with the realities of decisions people made and thoughts that they had because of pure ignorance.  I think one of the undertones that were really sad and true is that ignorance knows no bounds and will even try to disguise itself as knowledge, wisdom and intellect.  The scenes attributed to the women’s group trying to get “The Help Sanitation Initiative” aka separate but equal restroom legislation passed.

Let me say this about “The Help.”  I love that it reminds us of the past and how ignorant people were and how they tried to justify their ignorance.  It reminds me somewhat of where the church is today; we make lots of excuses for a separate but equal church and disguise the ignorance of it with preference, style, location excuses and attempt to justify them as knowledge, wisdom and intellect.

In my book Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week, I point out the realities of today’s church being the modern day separate but equal.  Many Christian Leaders land Christians in general laugh, downplay and even minimize the fact that 93% of the churches in America are racially segregated.  Just like these well-intentioned ladies in the movie “The Help” attempted to justify their ignorant thinking.

The help taught us what can happen with courage and helped us to redefine the word. Courage Daring to do what is right in spite of the weakness in our flesh.  Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had the courage to address the sad fact that “at the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday morning when stand to sing we stand in the most segregated hour in America.”  Unfortunately, that’s till true today.  Another thing that we learned from “The Help” is the fact that courage sometimes skips a generation.

Courage in the church as it relates to issues of race an ethnicity appears to have skipped many generations. Fortunately there are more and more leaders having the courage to help us see every nation, tribe and tongue worshiping together… a little Heaven on earth in the church.  I appreciate the work of those in this generation who have been fighting the good fight: Dr. Michael Emmerson, Efrem Smith, Mark DeYmaz, Christian Smith, Dr. Tony Evans, Bill Hybels and recently John Piper.  I could list countless other pastors and leaders, who are demonstrating the courage to address this issue for the Body Of Christ.

John Piper’s addition to the Church Diversity or “Church Help” discussion is well received.  Piper has an E.F. Hutton principal in his favor (when he talks, people listen).  This is true for thousands upon thousands of Christian Leaders and Christians in general.   In John Piper’s new book Blood Lines, he argues from specific biblical texts that the only solution powerful enough to overcome racial strife and bring about racial reconciliation and harmony is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through His blood, Jesus has demolished the dividing wall that separates humanity along racial lines and has brought all ethnicities together as brothers and sisters into one body the church. Piper does not end there, he shepherds readers through the various implications of gospel thinking in relation to race and ethnicity.

I’ll close with this.  Many of us watched “The Help,” which was a true depiction of 50 years ago, and ask the question, “How in the world could they be so ignorant?”  The real question is 50 years from now, when people watch a movie titled, “The Church,” which depicts the separate but equal nature of the church…  What question will they ask?  “How in the world could they be so [fill in the blank]?”

Courage skips a generation…  Don’t let that generation be ours.

“The local church is the hope of the world and it’s future primarily rests on the hands of it’s leaders.” ~Bill Hybels

The Help, The Hope & The Healer.

Change begins with a whisper… what are you whispering?

Share your thoughts on The Help, The Church and The Future.

Win 10 Copies Of #ChurchDiversity for Your Staff or Small Group

I’d like to say thanks to the many people who took advantage of the New Leaf Publishing Group offer of Church Diversity: Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week for only $4.99 for 72 hours. This promo went out to those of you who are a part of the BigIsTheNewSmall.com and ChurchDiversity.com communities.  Because of it’s popularity, they have extended the offer for 2 weeks, I’m assuming that was from Monday, July 18th.

Church Diversity will be available for purchase in Kindle, Nook, iBook, Sony Reader or PDF formats for only $4.99 from nlpg.com. Purchasers can also request a complimentary copy be sent to their pastor.  That’s right, from now til’ August 1st, you and your friends can purchase a digital copy of Church Diversity for only $4.99 (right here) and a complimentary copy be sent to your pastor.  That’s like a double deal. 🙂

For those of you that have already dove in and began reading Church Diversity, all you have to do is Tweet, Google+ or Facebook post your favorite quote and you will be entered to win 10 Copies of Church Diversity for your staff, friends, small group or whomever you want to give them to.

If you have not picked up a copy, simply buy one or download a free sample chapter and share your favorite quote from the book. Please use the #ChurchDiversity hashtag when you share your quote and leave a comment below letting me know that you shared your quote.  The comment section is how the winner will be randomly selected. You can share one quote and one comment between now and Sunday (3 total for a better chance of winning).  Winner will be announced on Monday, July 25.

Remember it’s as easy as 1-2-3

  • 1. Tweet or Share quote from book.
  • 2. Leave comment below stating that you did so. (up to 3)
  • 3. Check back on Monday to see if you won.

#FistBump & Thanks for your support…  We are just getting started!

Scott Williams TBN Interview – Church Diversity

Scott Williams TBN Interview – Church Diversity from Church Diversity on Vimeo.

Here is an interview that I did on TBN’s Praise The Lord program with Pastor Scott Thomas.  We had a great time on the show and have really been able to make some great connections for the Church Diversity movement, both within the United States and abroad.

“Diversity’s Symphony” Church Diversity Spoken Word

It has been amazing how well the message of #ChurchDiversity has been received around the country and even around the world.  It’s been a true blessing to be able to speak at churches, colleges and conferences all around the country about Diversity in the Church.  It has been great to see churches from 24 states add their name to this list of churches of being committed to Church Diversity.

My buddy Chase put together a couple of Book Trailers that have received over 5,000 views.  I wanted to take the video illustration of the church diversity message in my book to the realm of spoken word, so I called upon two friends to make it happen. I asked my man David Bowden to write an original spoken word piece, not only did he write one, he penned the amazing piece in the above video titled “Diversity’s Symphony.”  My man Samson Varughese from Emanate Media brought David’s words to life in this video.

I love the the richness of this piece, I’ll definitely be using it when I’m speaking at some of my speaking engagements.  If you, your church is interested in having me speak to your organization, church or group about diversity or any other subject, please send Ashley Smith an e-mail ashley(at)bigisthenewsmall.com or fill out a contact form here. We are currently scheduling dates for the end of the summer and fall.

Share your thoughts on this video.  Feel free to share it with your friends as the goal is to continue to lay the heartbeat of this movement on the hearts of God’s sons and daughters.

Win A #ChurchDiversity T-Shirt

I want to thank everyone who has purchased or will purchase a copy of the book #ChurchDiversity : Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week.

I am giving away some Church Diversity T-Shirts right here at BigIsTheNewSmall.com.  Everyone likes FREE stuff and not only can you win a FREE shirt but you get to represent #ChurchDiversity in style.

If you would like an opportunity to win, follow these simple steps:

  • Follow @ChurchDiversity and like my new ScottWilliams author Facebook Fanpage.
  • Tweet or Facebook this something about Church Diversity the book w/ either this link to amazon http://amzn.to/hjeC3M or this link http://bit.ly/ghVxIm to the “Sunday Morning” Church Diversity book trailer and a link to this post http://bit.ly/WinCDt. Be creative, use your own words, use the #ChurchDiversity hashtag, take a picture of your book, say something simple like: “Read this… #churchdiversity” or “check out this new book by @scottwilliams.”  Again the only requirement is a post and a link with @ScottWilliams in the link so I can easily know who posted in each hour or a tag on Facebook.  Here are a few sample tweets:  Check out the new #ChurchDiversity book by @ScottWilliams & win a cool t-shirt here: http://bit.ly/WinCDt or Check out @ScottWilliams new book #ChurchDiversity avail on amazon. http://amzn.to/hjeC3M or  Check Out @ScottWilliams #ChurchDiversity book trailer here http://bit.ly/ghVxIm & win a t-shirt here http://bit.ly/WinCDt. Leave a comment below stating that you completed the above steps and that you would like to win a t-shirt. (in your own words) Please share which design & size that you would prefer. Design #1 CD, Design #2 Stacked Church Diversity.
  • Check back throughout the day to see if you won.  I will be giving away 1 on Thurs. evening April 21st and 1 per hour beginning Fri. April 22nd. 8:00 a.m. CST.  One Tweet or Facebook Post per hour and you can enter each hour.  If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook leave that in your comment below and we will group all of those individuals at the end of the day and choose one winner.

Again check back to see if you won, winners will be chosen from our highly scientific random arbitrary give away system. 🙂

Update: Thurs. evening winner Willy Maxwell

Fri. Morn up to 9:00 winner Michelle

Next Winner Alonseo

Authors Using Twitter Handle As Author Name

It’s amazing how quickly Twitter has evolved into a household name.  Twitter’s purpose and application is even understood by those who are not Twitter users at all.  In other-words, everyone knows something about Twitter, because it’s everywhere.

I have talked to guys who are high level leaders in their organization and they told me that their company is, “now using the social media stuff and even set up a Twetter.” Yes he said “Tweeter” and he was excited that they would be able to become more connected to customers and potential customers.  You don’t have to be a Twitter aficionado to know that it’s a powerful information and connection tool.

Everyone leverages Twitter in different manners and it’s kind of “to each is own” type of deal.  Some businesses use it for advertisement, some people use it simply to find information, others use it to stalk people (in a good way), some news anchors use it at the end of their news casts to stay connected, celebrities use it as an extension to connect with fans and the list goes on and on.

I’m not sure if this is a trend; however I think you could see more authors using their Twitter handles as their author name on the cover of their books.  Especially if their Twitter name is their real name.  For several years I have been advocating the Reasons You Should Use Your Real Name As Your Twitter Name. Although there are hundreds of other Scott Williams in the Twittershphere, I have had @ScottWilliams since Twitter launched in 2007 and it has made it relatively simple to use it as part of my personal brand.

I am releasing a book week and I chose to use my Twitter handle @ScottWilliams on the cover as my author name (you can see in the above pic).  Due to the fact that it’s my real name, there is no potential for a negative effect, only potential for natural connection with readers via Twitter.  Even if someone doesn’t purchase the book, they at-least might remember the Twitter handle because of the uniqueness.

I know a couple of ladies who wrote a book titled @StickyJesus in which they used their Twitter handles as their author names.  Authors @TamiHeim and @ToniBirdsong uniquely blend biblical truth and social media know-how with inspirational true stories of people engaging, connecting, and changing the world for Christ through social networks.

Again, I’m not saying that this is going to be a trend, I’m simply saying that having your real name or a version of your real name as your Twitter handle allows for flexibility, visibility and potential.

Have you seen any authors who have used their Twitter handle as their author name?  Do you think it could be a trend for authors and recording artists?

“Sunday Morning”

Church Diversity Book Trailer #2. Sunday The Most Segregated Day of The Week.

Church Diversity Trailer “The Shoe Shine Man”

This is one of two book trailers for Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week. This one features “The Shoe Shine Man.”  The second one which will be released shortly, tells a great story.  

I am so grateful for the opportunity and I’m really looking forward to sharing this message with the world. It’s amazing the reception that the message of “Church Diversity” is being received by pastors, leaders and Christians at-large.

ChurchDiversity.com is launching very soon… stay tuned!

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