The Billboards Are Up!

Featured / March 31, 2008

This afternoon, five Kinetic Church Billboards went up across Charlotte, NC. Daniel, Nathan Longbrook and I worked like crazy to make sure the website was ready for the traffic. But, we’re still not done, but hopefully tonight or tomorrow we’ll be rolling.

Also, we finished the video that was made especially for the trailer thieves. (See  post)

Here’s a photo I took of one billboard located just south of the Sugar Creek exit on I-85.

Kinetic Church released this billboard after their portable church trailer was stolen.

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on April 1, 2008

nice work.

are all the billboards the same or did you mix it up a little?


on April 1, 2008

We have five different ones…but it’s been raining here in Charlotte. So as soon is stops raining, I’ll get up a few more shot. (I don’t want to spoil it by telling you what else we choose.

on April 1, 2008

Using the word “ballsy” on a church billboard… BALLSY! Those are great!

on April 1, 2008

One of the things that I love about Kinetic is that the focus is on connecting with people who need God in their life, and hopefully showing them that no matter what burden they are carrying, it can all be forgiven. I wonder, though, if in trying to reach the culprits we will inadvertently harden the hearts of a few unsuspecting others. Dave, I feel the nervousness that you expressed, and I pray that these messages are received in the manner they were intended.

on April 1, 2008


I’m not nervous any more.

What I’ve discovered is that the people who don’t go to church think they’re great. But it’s the Christians, however, that might tend to get a little bent out of shape.

Don’t be nervous…God is in this. He gave us these billboards and he knew what we would do with them.

on April 2, 2008


Good stuff.

I wanted you to know that I blogged about you and your situation.

Here’s to the return of lost trailers and lost souls.


on April 2, 2008

To give you an outside take. I’m a Christian who ended up on your site because I saw the billboards last night.

The first one I read through was one that mentioned forgiveness. I thought it was good. I laughed at the novelty of it. (I’ve seen the youtube videos and realize this is no laughing matter, so my apologies). The second and third ones I saw I thought were a bit more sarcastic, but I liked them. My wife gave pause, but that’s the difference between us. I’m interested to see the other two you mentioned. I mentioned it to my pagan coworker this morning, and frankly, I think it’s the first time she has gone to a Christian website (without the intent of laughing at it). I think the harvest from this will not necessarily be your stuff, but something much greater…and that is my prayer.

God bless,

on April 2, 2008

I saw your sign on 85. I’m a christian and my first thought after seeing the sign is “ballsy”????
I have 2 daughters under the age of 10 and I dont talk like that aroud them. II’m glad they werent with me to ask what that meant. I hope you get your trailer back. I hope what your doing is truly God’s will. Your church seems to be very progressive. I think thats great. Hopefully you can reach a lot of lost souls with this approach. Dont loose sight of the fact that God’s is in control…not the theives…not you…not me. Is he trying to teach you a lesson here? Is he trying to teach me a lesson here…how about all the souls on II-85…What would he do in this situation?
Think about it.

on April 2, 2008

I’m sure you’ll catch some heat from Christian folk concerning the term “ballsy,” but I think it works.

Love the originality behind all of this. You guys are moving on extremely well.


on April 2, 2008

I think there is a thin line between being a progressive church and being an agressive church.

I pray we are agressively seeking God and encouraging the progression of those seeking Him without an agenda of “our own” with these billboards.

I know I have said this before – I LOVE KINETIC!!

on April 2, 2008

I am a Christian and I LOVE the billboard! It fits the situation and drives home the message.
Praying His blessings on you and your efforts…..and the trailer thieves too!


on April 2, 2008

I love what you are doing, the bilboards are perfect. They represent who you are and they reach the people you are trying to reach. The people who don’t like it probably already attend a church. This will get the attention of those who need something a little different. Keep up the good work.

on April 3, 2008

Couldnt you use the money that you used on the billboards to fund replacing the items that were stolen?

More disdain for Christians from a “progressive” church. How surprising.

on April 3, 2008

Just so you know, the billboards where COMPLETELY DONATED! (we only paid for the printing)

hmmmmm…maybe more disdain for “progressive” churches?

Isn’t prejudice great?

on April 3, 2008

Not surprising that there would be some mixed reviews about the billboards, but I love the fact that you have such an incredible passion to reach out to people that aren’t sure what they think or believe about Jesus yet. Jesus was truly masterful at understanding and being relevant in the culture and time that he landed in. He too was criticized for his tactics! Love your heart to see people connect with their heavenly Father!

on April 8, 2008

As a believer, I can’t see how using scarcasm and questionable language is acceptable, let alone as a justification for reaching unbelievers. I think you all are way off base with the campaign and could have used the resources God provided you in a much more positive, effective and uplifting way. I’m not sure that our Lord would condone the use of the word “Ballsy” on His billboard He provided for you. Also, your use of scarcasm in your blog doesn’t uplift or edify. I’m sure the Bible addresses that point quite clearly. You are responsible for what comes forth from your mouth to a greater degree than others because of the position the Lord has put you in. Please use wisdom in the future and I encourage to remove the current signage or replace them with uplifting messages.
Vince – Concord

on April 9, 2008

Speaking for God… now that is ballsy. Unless we eat lunch with God on a regular basis I don’t know if we will ever know whether or not he condones it. We (the church) don’t have many opportunities in this very anti-church era. To reach out to people completely focused on something other than God. It isn’t about right or wrong, progressive or relevance, and definitely isn’t about being uplifting… and why does everything, I mean everything, always have to be uplifting. Life isn’t.

This is about one conversation… period.

One (amazing) chance for a man to sit down with another man and talk to him about his life. To buy him lunch and just talk. Not to save him or get him baptized or any other agenda we feel we should push. It’s about a conversation to see into the heart of man and let him know if he is interested, we have a bunch of people who get together once a week in a theater who are just like him…broken.

We should get to know the heart of a man before we judge his actions.

on April 9, 2008

There is something unnerving about the unknown.
My prayer is that we all get pushed out there many, many times in our life.
God is there.

Dave, I thank God for you. For you pushing the envelope. For your stepping out. For you not knowing what the heck you are doing or how to get it done. For you asking the ‘why am i here’ question openly for all to hear.

For you being a leader for those, like me, who sit back and say – ohhhh Dave, I just don’t know, sounds scary…. but you say, come on, let’s go anyway.

You follow God. Enough said.

on September 3, 2008

Good grief. So you had stuff stolen. Welcome to the real world. Believing in God does not protect you from EVERYTHING. You are a business, I’m sure you had insurance. If not, learn from it and go on. The money you spent on the billboards or if I know churches the money you raised from the poor pathetic souls who keep giving you money could have been used to replace your lost stuff. This is just another excuse for you to harvest more souls while putting more attention on yourselves. Look at us, we are Christians! Look at us, we love even our thieves! Boo hoo, we had tragedy. Get over yourself and stop wasting our time.

on September 3, 2008

Um.. Karen, the billboards were donated by the billboard company, the insurance still hasnt refunded even most of the money, and the money all the poor pathetic souls gave this church equals a small fraction of the amount they lost. The members of this church replaced the required items out of their own pocket. Speaking of needing attention, i find your pathetic acusation hilarious, if not entirely hypocritical. We all have tragedies, but this church only wanted to reach out to one person through this ordeal, if you can’t see that through the blatantly obvious clues glaring all around you, then consider this a hint.

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