Loyal followers. Attending religiously, every Sunday. Praying often. Celebrating victory. Packed in rows of seats with fellow community members. Cheering on a common cause.
What Would a Church Worship Service Look Like if It Were More Like Attending a Sports Event?
This could just as easily describe a church service or a sporting event. What if your church worship service was more like a sporting event?
- Ushers would sell tickets outside of the church building.
- Scalpers would offer to sell you front row tickets to the 11:00 am service.
- There would be a concession stands outside the sanctuary.
- The pastors would each wear jerseys, which you could purchase as merchandise.
- Seminaries would have to recruit the best new preaching talent.
- Church members would do the wave during the liturgy.
- Longer lines for the bathrooms.
- Worship would be broken down into timed periods.
- Communal wine would be replaced by ice-cold Budweiser.
- The organist would play ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’
- Live broadcast of service would be covered on ESPN3.
- The church would also keep score to show who was winning.
- An occasional streaker would run across the stage.
- The seventh-inning stretch would take place after the homily.
- The crowd would cheer every time scripture was read.
- Worship statics would be reported in the Monday newspaper.
Being a sports fanatic is more acceptable in our culture than being a religious fanatic. Why is that?
Perhaps it’s because Christians are as judgemental as referees. Our denominations feud worse than Yankees and Red Sox fans. And we can be more exclusionary than the Augusta National golf course.
Maybe if the church loosened up and had more fun, we’d start attracting more fans. And we can start by giving out bobbleheads of Biblical figures next Sunday.
How else is a worship service like a sporting event? Which would you rather attend? Leave your answer in a comment below.