Easter is quickly approaching and many churches are gearing up to reach people who don't normally come to church. So I shouldn't be surprised to see a church doing a stunt that just doesn't sit well with me.Calvary Church in Irving Texas is promising to put their pastor in a six foot, clear plastic box on top of the church for four days if 4,000 people show up for Easter weekend. The potentially boxed pastor, Ben Dailey, says:
This might be cheesy, but what can I say? I am passionate about the church getting out and being the church, not just within our walls, but outside of them as well. It's time for the church to get out of the box and let our world know that we serve a great God and have fun doing it.I don't know this church. And honestly, I don't have the best first impression, which is sad because by reading their website and looking at their mission I like a lot of what they say.
In recent months Calvary Church has experienced amazing growth. Lives are being touched and changed. People are experiencing freedom, restoration, and spiritual growth. God is up to something...something incredible. Calvary Church has a simple mission statement: REACH. We reach up [loving God], reach in [serving each other], and reach out [changing the world]. For the month of April we are calling on the Calvary Church family to reach out like never before! We are asking that people perform random acts of kindness to neighbors, co-workers, and strangers.
This sounds good to me. It seems like this is what a church should be doing. So why go and potentially risk the authenticity being developed by getting attention for a stunt like this?
What do you think? Will this bring people in or turn them off? Should we applaud a church for taking risks like this even if it gets some adverse reaction?