I had a thought a few weeks ago...I'm just curious if you think it's heretical or not.
Churches are always attempting to stay relevant in the culture, adapting their methodology while maintaining their theology. So, we use movies, music, and world culture in our services to help others identify with Christ and how he can work in our lives and in this present age.
Often, it is easy for me to use sports analogies. I try to limit them for the very fact that some people don't like sports.
But, what if a church was created where it's main use of connecting culture with church was via Sports. Current sporting news would be easily transferred into the message. Sports leagues would be no problem at all. Your small group would be the same people that are in your fantasy leagues! Messages could even be given during halftime of major games where you gather together and watch them. Some people may feel isolated...but people feel more isolated at some churches versus others for many factors: age, race, worship style, just to name a few.
Would I need a women's pastor too? Two Services at the same time...both with the same scripture and main points but a different twist. So, when they husband and wife were talking about the service over lunch they could connect and reflect. Or maybe keep them all together.
What would I call it you ask? Here's a few ideas... with my favorite in bold
United sports for Christ Church
Alliance Sports Church
Fellowship of the Field Church
"You can put in on the board" for Christ Church
The Church of the Game for His Name (double meaning...sports and the game of life)
Methodist Sports Clinic (oh wait, that actually exists)
Assembly of Sports Enthusiasts for Christ
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most...how stupid is this idea?
And what name would you call it?