Podcaster and author Annie F. Downs noticed a recurring theme among her listeners and friends.
“They want to know about relationships. They want to know about friendships, dating, marriage and about connecting with God,” Downs said. “I started thinking if everyone is asking about it, I should get some of my favorite experts together and go on the road and talk about it.”
Downs will bring the “Love Better Tour” presented by Compassion Live to Carmel’s Hope City Church, 9835 Haverstick Rd., at 7 p.m. March 5. She said she has friends in the area and looks forward to seeing Carmel’s famous roundabouts.
“It just keeps being true that people from Indiana are some of my favorite people,” said Downs, who is based in Nashville, Tenn. “My friends moved up there a few years ago, and I’ve fallen in love with the people.”
In addition to Downs, the tour features Jonathan “JP” Pokluda, lead pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. He previously led The Porch, the nation’s largest weekly gathering of its kind for young singles. Cross Point Music, also based in Nashville, will provide worship music.
Each stop on the eight-city tour also will feature local leaders sharing insights on how to build better relationships in the community.
“It’s hard to talk about how to love your city better if you don’t live there,” Downs said.
Downs, host of the twice-weekly “That Sounds Fun” podcast, said her role is to connect her “friends in the audience” to her “friends on stage.”
“I’m best at being a bridge from what people don’t know to what they know,” Downs said. “I don’t claim to know everything, but I know a lot of people who know a lot.”
The show is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to build better relationships with others and with God, Downs said, and she hopes those who attend will be inspired to find the courage to make it happen.
“We want people to feel like they have a few more tools to be in the relationships they want to be in,” Downs said.
Tickets for the show cost $30 for general admission and $45 for early entrance. Learn more at compassionlive.com/tour/the-love-better-tour/.