Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You have heard all the demographic data before, but according to the best statistical information available we are doing an embarrassingly poor job of reaching the high school/college age group for Christ. In fact, many in that age group (sometimes referred to as the mosaic or millennial generation) who have grown up in the church are leaving it.
David Barton, president of Wallbuilders, stated, “It is the story of history that God uses the younger generation to revive and restore a nation that has fallen away. Therefore, the enemy often works to destroy youth before they can fulfill that destiny. It is no surprise, then, that today’s cultural terrorists have targeted youth for spiritual destruction.”
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Article by Gerald Harris, Editor of The Christian Index
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In an exclusive announcement, HearItFirst.com has confirmed the artist line-up for The Winter Jam 2009 Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual musical tour. tobyMac, the “GMA Artist Of The Year” for 2008, will headline the tour with special guests Hawk Nelson, 2008 “GMA New Artist Of The Year” Brandon Heath, “GMA New Artist Of The Year” 2006 The Afters, and new Gotee Recording artist, Stephanie Smith.
The 10-week tour launches January 8, 2009 in Roanoke, VA. Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning, NewSong will host the high-energy event for the 14th consecutive year, which will feature special guest speaker Tony Nolan. Additional Winter Jam artists will be announced over the next few weeks.
Winter Jam is Christian music’s largest annual tour. Last year’s total paid attendance was 311,836 with an average nightly attendance of 9,172. As a result, Winter Jam was the fourth ranked tour on Pollstar’s 2008 First Quarter Ticket Sales Chart topping Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, The Police and Foo Fighters.
In spite of escalating prices due to a challenging economy, Winter Jam will maintain their popular “no tickets” policy that allows consumers to simply pay $10 at the door for admission.
“Year after year we’ve seen God’s hand on Winter Jam,” said Eddie Carswell, founding member of NewSong and Winter Jam originator. “Over 311,000 people attended Winter Jam 2008 and out of those over 53,000 made a decision or rededication to follow Christ. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, over 4,300 orphaned children around the world were sponsored through Holt International. Our prayer is that God would continue to use this tour for His glory and to impact tens of thousands more in 2009.”
Corporate sponsors for Winter Jam 2009 include Holt International, a world leader in international adoption and child welfare, MegaVoice, an international Biblical literacy organization, and HearItFirst.com, the leading Christian music online site. HearItFirst.com will be hosting the official Winter Jam site, which will launch on November 4, 2008 at HearItFirst.com/WinterJam or by going to jamtour.com.
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Spiritual Emphasis Week at Liberty University is moving hearts and changing lives.
“Nothing is more important than what we’re doing this week at Liberty — knowing Christ and making Him known,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. at Wednesday’s convocation. “Through Spiritual Emphasis Week events, Liberty is rendering unto God the things that are God’s. Students stayed up all Friday night praying for this school and its leadership. We deeply appreciate your prayers.”
The week kicked off Aug. 29 with an All Night of Prayer event outside Pate Chapel that drew more than 4,000 to bow before God and ask for his guidance this year, followed by five special services Monday through Wednesday led by dynamic Christian speaker Tony Nolan.
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Monday, September 01, 2008
August 29th edition of The Wall Street Journal includes an article on adoption by Naomi Schaefer Riley that features Tony. Here’s an excerpt from the article.
“Tony Nolan, an adoptee himself, now travels with Christian bands and speaks to their massive audiences about adoption. During “Winterjam,” a 30-city tour that recently concluded, Mr. Nolan recounted his story to some 350,000 people. His biological mother was homeless, mentally ill and a prostitute. A month before she died, he visited her in the hospital. “She grabbed me by the hand, looked at me and said, ‘The doctors told me not to have you,’ ” Mr. Nolan says. On tour, he conveys the message that “God knew what he was doing.” And after every concert, money is collected to help a local family with its adoption expenses.”
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Winter Jam Tour keynote speaker, tour pastor and spokesman, Tony Nolan, releases new book to help readers fuel their faith.
Zany author gives all-access pass to devotional journey used to refuel bands.
WOODSTOCK, GA—Like a combustible engine requires fuel, our spiritual journey requires faith to move forward. The fast pace of our digital millennial generation can deplete our faith—instead of enjoying Jesus, we merely endure the journey. Running on fumes is no fun. We need to make sure we have a fuel that can propel us toward extraordinary expeditions with God. In Faith Fuel, by Tony Nolan, readers will be cruising with a full tank, enjoying the journey Jesus calls abundant life. Through humorous and authentic backstage stories, readers will peer into the lifestyles and faith practices of A-list Christian artists and will capture a snapshot into their spiritual journey. Tony will be touring on the Winter Jam Tour from January 10 – March 16 with several artists including MercyMe, BarlowGirl, Skillet and Mandisa.
Filled with devotions Nolan led while touring with famed contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns during the 2006 LifeSong Tour, this book offers unique insights about their faith that will propel the reader on an extraordinary expedition with God. “Some of my best friends in the world are the band members in Casting Crowns,” says the author. “Because of the relationship I’ve shared with them over eight years while touring over 87 cities across America, we have shared some rich spiritual moments together.”
Nolan, who has a powerful personal testimony, knows a thing or two about being on the road—in addition to Casting Crowns, he has toured with bands like Steven Curtis Chapman, New Song, Jeremy Camp and Hawk Nelson. Tony’s teaching and faith-fueling ministry has been featured on Casting Crowns’ “LIFESONG LIVE” DVD and their latest release “Altar to the Door” CD. Under his ministry, over 450,000 people have connected with Jesus. In Faith Fuel, his ministry reach spans to an even broader audience seeking intimacy with God.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tammy Nolan recently joined Christian Women Online, as a member of our team blog, The Internet Cafe: Your Daily Dose of Inspiration.
Her ministry of energizing others starts at home. She is a home schooling mother of three children and the helpmate to her husband, Tony Nolan. She serves as Vice-President of TNT Ministries, Inc, a non-profit organization that has a core purpose of sharing the good news of the Gospel and ministering to various Christian music artists, including Casting Crowns, Sanctus Real, Building 429, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, and Nicole Nordeman.
Tammy is a firm believer that a personal touch fuels positive life change. Hundreds of women who serve in ministry have experienced this firsthand through the letters she writes to them each week. She also pours into others through song with her CD project, entitled The Great Exchange. Tammy is passionate about her intimate relationship with Jesus, which she writes about in her engaging and reflective blog, entitled Steps In Our Journey.
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Saturday, April 01, 2006
The following interview was given for the Journal of the Southern Baptist convention.
Tony Nolan is an evangelist from Florida and the co-founder, along with his wife Tammy, of TNT Ministries. God has used him to reach thousands of teenagers and adults for Christ. We spoke with Tony recently to discuss his life along with his methods and motivation for ministry. We are pleased to share a portion of that conversation.
SBC LIFE: Tony, you’re in evangelism. How did the Lord bring you to Himself in the first place?
Nolan: It’s the story of a soul looking for fulfillment in his life then ultimately finding it in Jesus.
My mother was a mentally insane street person who lived in Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve never met my biological father. I was put in foster care for the first three years of my life because my mother was institutionalized. Unfortunately it was a very unhealthy foster care situation where they abused me sexually and burned me with cigarettes and threw me up and down flights of stairs to bet on how long it would take me to heal from the concussions.
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