Meteoric rise of Indy man's unique faith message

INDIANAPOLIS -- He says he's been lit on fire for God. His mission: to tell the world. 

Central Indiana native Clayton Jennings is taking his message on the road, traveling non-stop and speaking to groups who are sometimes willing to travel hours just to hear him in person.
 
His message is catching fire because millennials are thirsty for truth but he doesn't water it down, Jennings says.
 
"So many popular speakers today want to tell you 10 ways to get rich, five ways to feel good, 18 ways to be motivated, and the millennial generation is just tired of hearing that," Jennings said. "We're like, 'It's a lie, and we don't buy into that stuff.'" 
 
Jennings comes from a long line of pastors, but he shares his message in untraditional ways that don't involve going to church on Sunday. He reaches his audience through books, online videos, spoken word poetry, Internet preaching and traveling to preach in person to thousands of people at a time.
 
In fact, he has reached millions of people through his YouTube videos. Check out one of his most recent spoken word videos below:

 
Jennings preaches full time and his 2016 schedule is already booked. He'll be somewhere new every week, with plans to speak to faith-seekers in Sweden and South Africa too.
 
"I guess at 27 I'm having a midlife crisis where I just feel like I'm not promised tomorrow. My life was radically changed and I was saved and God gave me hope. I have a burning fire in my chest to give that back to the world," Jennings said. 
 
This week, Jennings was in Baltimore, sharing a message of peace with community members and demonstrators as the city experiences unrest.
 

 
"My goal, eventually, is to launch crusades. Go state by state all across America and beyond and go back to the days of Billy Graham." 
 

 
Jennings said some call him passionate, others call him provocative -- and some people call him wrong. His bold and unapologetic message has been met with blowback.
 
"I'm not a role model. I'm just a sinner saved by grace running full throttle. To me, it doesn't matter what people think about it. It just matters that they hear it because they need it," Jennings said.
 
As his fame rises, so do safety concerns. Jennings said he has received death threats.
 
"The end of the day, I don't say this to be a tough guy because I'm not -- death is an upgrade. If I honestly believe I'm going to heaven when I die, I don't have anything to fear," Jennings said.
 
He said people should be able to say what they want to say and do what they want to do.
 
"I don't get mad when people say that stuff to me. I pray for them, and I love them. Because I also want them to know the truth and the hope that I know."
 
That peace follows him wherever he may be -- whether he's speaking to thousands of strangers or writing at home.
 

 
He will be doing a lot more writing in the coming weeks. Just this month, he signed a book deal with Penguin Random House to write about his ministry.
 
"It's a love letter to the millennial generation that challenges them to drop everything and follow Christ," Jennings said.
 
Jennings will also soon welcome crews from Hollywood to shoot a pilot for a TV show in Indiana.
 
Despite his rise in popularity and upcoming opportunities to share his message, Jennings insists that the journey isn't about him -- it's about God.
 
He says sharing this message is the reason he was created.
 
"I think the sky's the limit and I don't plan on slowing down."
 
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