When I was a kid growing up, I rarely went to church. When I did go, it was incredibly boring. I have to confess that during the service I would literally lay on the pew and take a nap with my head in my Ganny’s lap.
I met with a guy yesterday who said that his elementary kid loves church and cannot wait to come. He first came to Sports Camp last year and has been coming ever since. He said his son has fun at church and learns the Bible, which is two of our objectives for children’s ministry. We want kids to associate fun with church.
This week our middle school and high school kids had a blast on a giant slip n slide. There was no worship music. There was no Bible teaching. They just came to the church, hung out with their friends and had a blast. It was just clean fun.
The Man Series is fun. Eating meat off the grill and beef jerky is fun. Watching men compete is fun. Hearing “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is fun (and it tied into the Bible message). Giving away a $2000 tool set is fun.
I know there are Christians/pastors on the other side of the spectrum that say we should be living “radical lives” and church should be a “spiritual bootcamp” preparing us to do battle against the spiritual forces of evil while advancing the kingdom of God. Well, I agree. Personally, I think it’s both/and.
We are giving our lives to the greatest mission on earth. And I think we can have fun doing it. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t anything more fun and rewarding than seeing someone’s life changed of all eternity. And we get to be a part of it. So let’s DOMINATE our community with the love of Jesus Christ and have a blast doing it.
For the critics out there, is it really a bad thing that kids and students want to come to church because it’s fun?
I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” Jesus (John 10:10)