While looking for a certain song today I stumbled on a blog post from 2006. This blog post was titled, “Fantasy Church”. In this post the author tells his readers how popular fantasy sports have gotten and how this could be the next big thing. He explains how “Fantasy Church” should be played. The point system is used to score types of sermons, and style. As in Exegetical or Topical. Next the music is measured, Contemporary or Hymns. You would apparently score a church that uses the same amount of hymns to the same amount of contemporary music a “5”. Various other ways to earn points are presented including whether or not your preacher sits down while he preaches.
Now, at first this was funny to me but then I started really thinking about it. Does the world see The Evangelical churches in this way? Will someone really give our church more points for playing a U2 song before service starts? Do I lose points if I sit down while I preach? Does Andy Stanley lose points? Where do I rank along the likes of Charles Spurgeon and Rick Warren? Apparently if your “Fantasy Church” is led by Mr. Warren you can count on winning. So…this brings me to my rant.
Before you get to upset at the fact that someone would think up this idea of ranking churches, let me share this with you. Upon further inspection and reading all the comments and checking out the site where the titled blog was posted I discoverd the present author is a member of the body of Christ. So that calmed me down alot, but It still made me think.
What does the world see? Do they really rank our services and our music and our teaching methods? Since when did Christs’ church become about “hitting the mark for people”. Obviously, this type of “Ranking system game” doesn’t exist, at least I hope. However, it still makes me wonder if the players (pastors and communicators and leaders) in Christs’ REAL church today, including me, realize it.
Does the world look at us like we are competing for the “Best Church of the Year Award” ? Or, Is it us that keep score, and not even realize it?