Sunday, May 09, 2010

How to Do MegaChurch


"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

H/T: Silouan

20 comments:

Larry Anderson said...

I think I've been to a few of these. I am *so* reblogging this.

nothinghypothetical said...

I'll say what I said on Larry's buzz. If this is so painful to watch, they must be utterly numb and pain is merely _something_ to feel.

s-p said...

"Pain is merely something to feel...": Very astute. And something to wear like a badge or put into lyrics because pain is cool to feel. Hmmm... emo-rtyrdom, is that a word yet?

Ashley Siferd said...

lol this is great

Ruth said...

Well, yes, it is funny. Until you think of all those people who want something better but don't know where to find it and keep coming back to this week after week, hoping ... And then give up in despair, realising it is all an engineered rip-off. It made me feel nauseous.

Anonymous said...

10:00 Contemporary Worship

My wife and I were both disaffected Methodists. For my part, I was the child of an Army officer who quit taking the family to Church when they went all hippy, anti-war in the late 60s.

So when the kids came along, my wife pestered me that we had to return to church. I dithered and dallied, but eventually we returned to the Methodist Church.

Once.

The next Sunday I took her to the Divine Liturgy, with which I was familiar through some Russian friends.

That was several years ago, and we're still here. It's because of the truth of this parody. While Methodists haven't gotten this far yet, most others have, and it is saddening. What this lacked in subtlety it made up for in bluntness.

Jonathan said...

This gives a whole new meaning to the old pejorative expression "dead ritual."

Jonathan said...

excruciatingly painful is the only thing I can say...

Anonymous said...

This one hurt......

Alix

oruaseht said...

Hahahaahah! The Lord works in mysterious ways. I was just at a friend's wedding at a "wanna be" mega church. It was just like this, big light show, rock band, re-hashed hymns, emo preacher man,"Ignatius" the worship MC dude... In this vid it was that asian guy with the tattoo. But if he was real, he'd be bleach-blonde and have a soul patch. ;) Hehehhe... I couldn't believe it, this vid was truly deja vu for me. The best part of the wedding weekend for me was visiting an Orthodox church the following morning. What a contrast!!! Christ is in our Contemporvant! He is and ever shall be Growtivationing...? ;)

Jeff Lackie said...

From a Canadian Presbyterian admirer of this blog (and a lover of thoughtful, worshipful Liturgy)
When considering a Sunday service, upon entering the "church building", ask the first person you meet to spell 'Liturgy'. If they look puzzled, run for your life

Alexander said...

Conspiracy nut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btKIxyrMp2M

Cameron said...

The strangest thing about this video is that it was done by a mega-church here in Atlanta that very much embodies the satire of this video. They have cameras that move throughout the crowd that display behind the words on the screen, fog machines, and concert lighting. Every worship leader has his/her discography available in the bookstore. Etc, etc, etc.

I get the whole "we have to remember to do these things for the right reason thread," and "other churches shouldn't copy us just cause we're wildly successful." But it's amusing that they didn't seem to notice the bullet passing through their collective foot.

el cuerpo negro said...

Wait, are they being serious or is this supposed to be satirical??? Either way, it just makes me tired to see. How long, O Lord, how long?

あじ said...

Oh dear God. This is far, far too familiar. I think I've escaped, but with all the trauma I can't really be sure if I'm not delusional.

ryan said...

Please draw a cartoon featuring Emo-rtyrdom!

P.S. I just paypal-ed that MegaChurch $50, but that's between me and the Lord (and their records).

el cuerpo negro said...

My question is what are they offering instead of the stereotypical evangelical worship experience they are mocking here?

I spent the first few years of my life in Christ (hmm...that phrase has a nice ring to it) sitting through church services that tried to reproduce what the mega churches were doing and wondering if I was a bad person for dreading going to church every week. Discovering Orthodoxy has been so refreshing to me in this regard but I feel bad for all the people out there who are in the same boat I was in and haven't seen a way out yet.

Cameron said...

El Cuerpo,

That's what I was getting at. What they're mocking is what they do each Sunday. I think what they believe they're offering is "doing worship" that way with the right motives. Just a guess.

Kyralessa said...

My favorite part was the tattoo.

It looks vaguely like the name of God...but it's not. It's actually "vayhi", which is Hebrew for "and there was", as in, say, "And God said 'Let there be light', and there was light."

In other words, it means nothing at all.

s-p said...

Kyralessa, LOL! It reminds me of a plaque in Hebrew that Fr. John Peck has in his office. I asked him if it was Hebrew for "As for me and my house..." or "Our God is One" or?... He smiled and said, "No, it says "When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer."