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not a fan. Small Group Study

six week  discipleship study

Jesus is NOT looking for fans…
He’s looking for followers.
Followers who understand that…

There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender.
There is no life without death.
There is no believing without following.

Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus Christ issued a compelling and challenging invitation: “Follow Me.”  Jesus is not interested in mere fans.  He doesn't want enthusiastic admirers.  He wants completely committed followers.   Built around the engaging approach of Kyle Idleman, Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, this one of a kind small group study examines what it means to deny one’s self and truly follow Jesus.

This is not a conventional small group experience.  It is a cinematic journey, a series of six mini-movies, with the perspective and depth to help shape today’s believer into a first century Christ-follower.   Participants follow the journey of Eric Nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian.  But when confronted with a near death experience, Eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of his friends and family.

NEW! 5th Anniversary Edition


  • six 30 minute lessons of cinematic story telling

  • thought-provoking 42-day Follower’s Journal designed to assist you and your group in your journey from fan to follower (see PDF sample)

  • easy-to-follow Leader’s Guide for facilitating your small group gathering (see PDF sample)

not a fan. journal

The Journal is not just a participant’s guide. It is a thought provoking 42-day devotional guide designed as a companion to the Not a Fan Small Group Study. It challenges and grows participants on a daily basis over the course of the 6 week video series.

The journal experience is more personal and will challenge you to take a deeper look at your relationship with Jesus. That’s why we strongly encourage every group member to have their own Follower’s Journal and be challenged to try the exercises suggested. This resource will have a dramatic impact on those who commit to working through it on a daily basis.