Bridge Event:Online


Bridge Event:Online

Shadow Empire

The Rise and Fall of Religious Freedom


One man, Constantine, ignited a global movement when he united Christianity with Roman power. Discover how this one action altered the way we think about religious freedom—and what it means for our lives today. Designed for the history buff in your life, and for the people you know who might be interested in Bible prophecy. We’re making it for your friends and neighbors who have this nagging feeling that maybe something went wrong within the religion of Jesus at a time in the distant past.


Shadow Empire is an easy way for your church to connect with your community. The Voice of Prophecy originally designed Shadow Empire to bring people from your community through the doors of your church. However, we believe this content works as well online, and can be a great way to connect with your community before hosting a full message series in the coming months. This project is designed to help fill one of the deepest needs we all have–a deep need to share Jesus and introduce people to our church, in a way that isn’t awkward, or uncomfortable.

Online Bridge Events Are...


These two-to-five-night events are designed to build a bridge between you and your community.


Perfect for encouraging ongoing Bible studies, online groups, or correspondence programs.


Online Bridge Events encourage a lasting spirit of evangelism and growth in your members.


Online Bridge Events are available to show online at anytime using the platform of your choice.

Register Now

Ready to register? Give us a few details about you and your church, and then tell us about the event you're planning. We'll handle the rest.

In order to sign up for Shadow Empire you’ll need to Sign-up or log-in.

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Event/Small Group Kit

This kit provides everything you need to start a small group using the award-winning Shadow Empire series.
In this Small Group Kit, Pastor Shawn Boonstra reveals the continuing rise and fall of religious freedom caused by Constantine's legacy. And footage shot in Italy, Serbia, and Turkey makes history come alive in each program.

This Kit Includes:

The Shadow Empire DVD, featuring all four documentary-style programs by Shawn Boonstra (approx. 30 minutes each):

  • The Rise of the Early Church
  • The Persecution of the Church
  • A Marriage of Church and State
  • Constantine's Christianity

The Small Group Event Manual

(8) Full sets of Bible Study Guides

(1) Copy of the companion book, Shadow Emperor, by Shawn Boonstra

(1) Copy of The Successful Small Groups book by Kurt Johnson

Plus, with your registration, you’ll receive special access to online materials to enhance your online meetings.


Get Your Kit

Choose Your Online Event Marketing Bundle

Three bundles for all your online event marketing needs. Just choose the bundle that fits your church and we'll handle the rest.

Multichannel Online Marketing

Today there are many channels and many ways to reach people online. For online meetings there are specific channels that work best. SermonView will handle all of these channels, give your event separation from your existing.
  • Facebook/Instagram Advertising

    Today Facebook and Instagram combine to the best form of online marketing for time-specific events. We've built an entire page persona that will increase registrations and reduce friction (keeping you from having to perfect your social media brand before you launch a campaign).

  • Twitter Advertising

    Twitter ranks third behind Facebook/Instagram for social media advertising. Adding Twitter will increase your demographic base and be targeted at people wanting information now.

  • Google Ad Campaigns

    Google is good for times when searches are high for biblical keywords. We'll add this service to the largest package so we have time to reach people searching in your community.

  • Email Marketing

    Email marketing is still one of the most powerful tools for reaching your community. We'll craft a well designed email and send it to your list of previous interests in our system along with any interests you have as well.

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Downloadable Resources

These are promotional resources provided at no cost to participating churches. Download whatever you need!

Press Release Template

Press Release.doc (Word, 232K)

This press release template may be used to submit to news organizations. Fill in your local details and submit it to your local newspapers, radio stations and TV stations. You might be surprised at the response.

Promo Slides

Promo (ZIP, 5.2M)

Four slides to promote the event at church. This zip package contains the slides in PowerPoint, Keynote and JPEG formats. After you download the file, you must unzip the file to access the slides.

Radio Promos

 30-sec Radio — not customizable.wav (WAV, 11M)
 60-sec Radio — not customizable.wav (WAV, 23M)
 30-sec Radio — customizable.wav (WAV, 11M)
 60-sec Radio — customizable .wav (WAV, 23M)

If you have access to a radio station to promote Shadow Empire over the air, you can use these radio spots. The customizable versions include space for you to personalize with your date, time, location and web address.

Promo Video

Shadow Empire Trailer.mp4 (H.264, 281M, 1:28)

This 90-second video trailer does a great job of describing the event and raising expectations for participants.

Quiz Announcement Slides

Quiz Announcement Slide.ppt (PowerPoint, 491K)
Quiz Announcement Slide.jpg
(JPEG, 160K)

Encourage your members to find out what they know of ancient Roman history, and share their scores on Facebook for a fun viral campaign. The PowerPoint file has a space to put in your custom registration URL.

Follow-up Resources

Revelation Speaks Peace
(PDFs in Zip file, 32M)

Our Revelation Speaks Peace small group series has been designed to follow the same model and should provide a smooth transition from Shadow Empire. You can utilize the series in a church setting, which can accommodate a larger audience, or in a small group at the church or in a home.

Presentation Materials


Download a single Zip archive with all the presenter notes and presentation slides for all 4 sessions. If you download one of these packages, you won't need to download the individual files below.

Leader Notes and Slides for Mac and (Pages and Keynote files in a Zip file, 101M)
Leader Notes and Slides for (Word and PowerPoint files in a Zip file, 93M)


Session 1: The Rise of the Early Church
Presentation Graphics: PowerPoint (1.4M) | Keynote (3.0M) | JPEG (74M)
Leader's Notes: Word (29M) | Pages (30M) | PDF (984K) RTF (79M)

Session 3: A Marriage of Church and State
Presentation Graphics: PowerPoint (1.7M) | Keynote (3.0M) | JPEG (54M)
Leader's Notes: Word (7.7M) | Pages (9.0M) | PDF (890K) | RTF (107M)


Session 2: The Persecution of the Church
Presentation Graphics: PowerPoint (1.4M) | Keynote (2.8M) | JPEG (58M)
Leader's Notes: Word (16M) | Pages (17M) | PDF (909K) RTF (208M)

Session 4: Constantine’s Christianity
Presentation Graphics: PowerPoint (1.5M) | Keynote (3.3M) | JPEG (77M)
Leader's Notes: Word (9.6M) | Pages (11M) | PDF (1.2M) | RTF (130M)

Having trouble accessing these resources? Contact an evangelism expert today at 1-800-525-5791 for help!

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Downloadable Resources

Online Bridge Events include exclusive access to downloadable, ready-to-use resources. Register today to access these downloads.

Press Release Template

Promo Slides

Radio Promos

Promo Video

Quiz Announcement Slides

Follow-up Resources

Contact an evangelism expert today at 1-800-525-5791 to access these campaign resources!