Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Got G.A.M.E.?


Ok, I have this "friend" and no he isn't anyone you know at SBCC - but his church has grown to a pretty good size. With that growth, he has decided that his real calling is not preaching just to his church but instead he is feeling called to be a Gospel Athletic Mime Event (G.A.M.E.) producer.

While he is a good preacher, he believes in the philosophy of "only when necessary use words." So he has launched a ministry as part of the church that will travel to professional sports events where the pastor will perform at half time with his mime troupe. They have already invested in a website, training materials, 48 sets of season tickets and sparkly uniforms. Their mission is to reach 25 million people through live events and televised half time shows with an interpretive Gospel dance. They have also created a campaign to teach other churches how to do sports miming with a robust direct mail marketing strategy and conference.

My friend has asked me to endorse the ministry and sent me floor seats for a performance at a Ducks game. While I believe there are many creative ways to share the gospel. I'm wondering if the Gospel is really best shared culturally in O.C. as an ice capades puppet ministry.

I went to the hockey game, and in between Wild Wing with Power Player Girls and the Zamboni was a black light version of "Genesis on Ice". I gotta say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, infact it was worse. There is just something about Cane and Abel doing a traverse axis that doesn't sit right.

Where do people get the money to start these ministries? Do the tithers at this guys church know that is what their giving is being used for? If this is where my friend is truly being called, should he still also be the shepherding pastor of his church? Who approves these things before they launch?

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