Agape- A New Testament Greek noun meaning "affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love". Agape is love that prioritizes others over oneself.

An AGAPE GEEKOUT is a geeky AFK (Away From Keyboard) event you invite others to participate in that raises funds and awareness for a ministry endeavor of your choice. It can be something as small and simple as inviting a few friends over for a double-feature geek movie night, or something more extravagant, like a big table-top gaming event at your church! The possibilities are endless! The most important thing is connecting, in person, with fellow Christians and inviting them to get involved in ministry that tangibly expresses love and compassion to others. (As an added bonus, AGAPE GEEKOUTS can be a great way to raise awareness and acceptance of geeks in your local church community!)

Suggestions for fundraising-
1. Charge a small entry fee for your event.
2. Place a bowl near your event's entrance with a “suggested donation” label.
3. Ask attendees to donate something with geek appeal and sell raffle tickets for winning the collected pool of loot!

Ideas for raising awareness-
1. Take a break in the middle of your event to show a brief promotional video for the ministry you have chosen.
2. Set up a card table in a heavy traffic area with printed out sheets of information about your chosen ministry.
3. Near the beginning or middle of your event, share with everyone your personal feelings or involvement with the ministry of your choice.

There are many great ministries expressing Agape love. We'd like to suggest two:

Compassion International- www.compassion.com

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Compassion International provides health care and education to help them provide for themselves and their families, and all in the context of teaching and sharing the truth of the Bible and the love of Jesus.


Show Hope- http://showhope.org/

Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans, restoring the hope of a family to orphans in distress around the world. Founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, this nonprofit organization is helping to make a difference for the millions of orphans and waiting children around the world. Primarily they do this through Adoption Aid financial grants that help give orphans families and Special Care Centers in China that help orphans with special needs.


We want to hear your stories!!
After hosting your “Agape Geekout”, leave a comment here and tell us how it went! We'd love to share your stories at Christiangeekcentral.com to encourage others to host their very own AGAPE GEEKOUT!

12 comments:

  1. My "Agape Arcade" event went well yesterday!
    My family and a handful of folks from the college/young adult group at our church played games off and on throughout the day and night yesterday, with people coming and going "open house" style from 9am-midnight.

    I set up a small table and basket in a high traffic area to feature Compassion International. I was encouraged by the generosity of this small group of people. We suggested a donation of $5 for each person and collected a total of $55 for Compassion International! And all while just sitting around and having fun with video games!

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  2. It is the day after our local Geekout event and apparently I hold my tension in my neck and shoulders.

    For our event, we had a total of 18 people come out, and $100 was donated. ( a couple rounded us up from $81 at the end)
    I think everyone had a pretty good time, even the several people who showed up to be with the person who actually wanted to be there were squealing and shouting as they tried to escape the (something) temple.

    Our pocket change one-shot was a really big success. We had 8 guys play it, and it brought in about $14 on its own. We had two problems with it, the first being we had too many guys playing. Eight players made rounds too long for some of the players to stay focused on the table. The second problem was my buddy Nick stayed up all night putting the finishing touches on the game and turned into a zombie about halfway through...as he was running the game that meant his dad and I had to kind of push him out of the way and take over. The good news is that, with a little tweaking, we came up with a really great system for this type of event. I'll share his artwork later, he really hit the character drawings out of the park.

    Overall, I think it was a partial success. I say that because, while we brought in $100, it cost about $150 to put it on... so financially it was a flop. However, about half of the guys who came out do not come to our church (it was in our church building) and I know a number of those don't go to church at all. Not only did we get to show them we aren't a bunch of stiffs, but we got them to donate to charity in the bargain. Personal participation like that is a good thing, and I know our pastor who okayed the church's sponsoring of the event will be pretty pleased with how it turned out.
    I'm going to take a bit of a break, and then start planning another one (scaled back) for the end of summer vacation, and if that one works out, again in January when everyone is miserable and sick of being stuck in snow drifts.

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    1. Awesome! Sounds like a big success to me! (After all, you could have done all of that and NOT raised any money and it still would have been great ministry!)

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  3. Really wasn't up for a get-together, but I was able to put $15 in the pot. Compassion seems like a good cause, but their website is very nosy. Just take the money and be glad of it, people, and stop trying to force me to give you my mailing address.

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    1. Thanks so much! Sorry for your experience with the Compassion website. I can vouch for them as a child-advocacy ministry, but I'd agree that their online presence and communication needs some work.

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  4. Things didn't work out for me to have an Agape Geekout this month but I added $30 to the cause. Hopefully next year I will be able to host an event. Thanks for heading this up Paeter.

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  5. Well the big Extra-Life weekend was just over one week ago and boy was it a close one!

    Despite getting to bed early Wednesday and Thursday night I suddenly felt sick and had the chills on Friday. Throughout the day I prayed that God would allow me to rest and heal enough to do the fundraising marathon the next day(Saturday). Waking up the next morning I still had symptoms but just decided to play for as long as I could and make up the rest of the time on another weekend, trusting that God's agenda is better than my own.

    I won't pretend to know the mind of God, but perhaps at least part of his agenda was for me to surrender MY agenda. Because after I did that he seemed to bless my body and give me increasing strength throughout the day as my symptoms quickly began to vanish. With Yahweh's help I actually finished my 24-hour video game marathon in stronger physical condition than last year!

    By halfway through the marathon the CGC team reached and passed beyond our goal, and has currently raised $550 for children in need of urgent medical care.

    I want to thank all of you who donated and praise Yahweh for positioning you with the resources and capacity to do so. This was a really exciting and rewarding victory!

    Woohoo! Can't wait for next year!

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  6. I posted on the CGC forums, but Paeter says I should post here as well.
    In that posting, I was rather negative. In hindsight, I think it went well.
    So, here is our summary.
    We had about 13 people show up... oh wait, begin at the beginning, Rho.
    Okay, so our Geekout was on january 9th, and we did a game night. As we were raising funds for INK 180 (a tattoo artist who does removals and coverups of gang tattoos and human trafficking brands) a tattoo artist from our church donated a $50 voucher for a raffle, and we got some dice and a comic store gift certificate as well.
    We ended up raising $115, which is really good considering the fact that 8 of those 13 people consisted of two four-member families with kids. My goal was $170 as that is the cost of an average removal.
    I also had a guy from the local "big city" of Syracuse, NY come down to check us out. He does a lot of "cons" and he was amazed at our venue...which apparently I undersold. He told me that "Agape" and the fact we were in a church building was an issue for some people. He also told me that he could help me change minds on that front, and seemed very excited at the idea of what we could do.
    He also told me something I had heard before, but didn't know if it would hold up in this setting: we need to charge an entry fee. People see "free event" and they jump to the conclusion that it will be a dud...kind of a "you get what you pay for" mindset. Also, along with the church issue, it makes the cynical geeks from central NY suspicious, like we are going to get them in the door and then throw Bibles at them or something. Whereas, if we charge something, then their suspicion is just that we want their money which is something they understand. ...humans are weird.

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    1. Should have mentioned this a long time ago, but there's no need to use the term "Agape" in promotion of your event. That common term is just something to give the CGC community focus and purpose for these events, but you can call your event whatever you want.

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  7. My Agape Geekout for Show Hope was held last Saturday the 9th and went really well! We had a number of new faces along with the usual gaming group and had all kinds of gaming going on including: Doom, The Board Game, Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes, Dragon Age: Origins, Rezogun and Borderlands.

    Halfway through the night I announced my "killing of the buzz" and gathered everyone around our TV where I played the promo for Show Hope from their website. My main intent was to just imprint a memory of Showhope in the minds of these college students for them to come back to once they have income in the not too distant future. But despite this focus we still raised over $30 dollars!

    I was really happy with how the event went and look forward to doing another one!

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  8. Better late than never, here's my report on the 2016 Extra Life marathon event!

    Definitely the most challenging marathon I've done yet, but I'm very happy with the results and with the great interactions I had, both with my on-camera guests and with our online community. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, to all who donated and to my awesome fellow team members! We did it!

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat during the marathon, and also to everyone who watched for any amount of time. The stream was very well attended and the chatroom frequently had great people for me to talk to. Thank you all so much for surrounding and supporting me.

    This was the toughest Extra Life marathon, easily. I had a lousy night of sleep the night before, which kept me from ever truly being at full energy the entire time. So from a gaming standpoint, it wasn't near as fun as previous years. This was the first time it felt a lot like "work".

    I had some great guests to keep me awake and sane (for the most part) and I pushed through all the way until just 45 minutes before the finish line, when I realized if I didn't stop immediately I would vomit, and likely start a "vomiting cycle" that would make recovery difficult.

    But as I've said before, completing or even attempting a marathon isn't important. It's just one tool to draw attention to fundraising to help some local kids in need. And this year our team raised more than ever before, exceeding our goal by $140 dollars for a combined total of $640 raised! So I want to thank everyone on the Christian Geek Central team and all those who donated toward our efforts. The event was a big success and I'm so grateful for all of you who got involved.

    Although I've learned some lessons and will want to rethink my approach to doing the marathon next year, I'm already looking forward to Extra Life 2017!

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