Is Church Fun?

Thanks to ACU Graduate School of Theology blog for posting this video. View it and ask yourself whether or not the church would be more effective if it was more fun. I know some of my anti-attractional, missional, melancholy friends just twitched when they read that. While I'm not fully on the attractional bandwagon, this video might be a more fair representation of what attractionally-minded churches have in mind with some of their methodologies.

Personally, I find the presence of laughter to be a sign of congregational health and its absence stunning and sad. While I don't think church should be a stand-up routine, I have to think that enjoying God's people and God's presence is a good thing. While they shouldn't be cornerstones of the church, laughter and fun certainly shouldn't be out of place in the church. In fact, they should be symptomatic of the joy we have living out the abundant life together.

What do you think? What role does fun have in the Christian life and the church?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Is Church Fun?

  1. Thanks for your comments, and I wholeheartedly agree. There is a difference, it seems to me, between genuine heartfelt joy and laughter, which should be a hallmark of the Christian who has learned to live lightly and to take themselves lightly, and manipulated humor in worship or life that seems desperate or forced. One seems to flow from “the wellspring of life,” and the other seems to have as its only goal to entertain.
    I heard a recent comment that made me think about this from a former student who did not grow up in the Restoration tradition. He is an intelligent musician and incredibly funny, so he’s no dud. He was asked to tape several of the sessions at Pepperdine Lectures, and we were reflecting on what he observed. His first comment to me was: “These speakers feel they have to tell a joke or make people laugh every few seconds, and it’s annoying.”
    I have to concur. After spending some time in other traditions as well, this also was one of my reflections. It seemed like too much, and unnecessary for the proclamation of the gospel in 10-20 minutes. It seemed forced or “too much.”
    On the other hand, humility and joy should give way to laughter and fun in moments that are not orchestrated but from the overflow of life. I’m all for that kind, and yes, even in church.