Church Hoppers to the Rescue!

randomlychad  —  November 9, 2013 — 14 Comments

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Time was, church hopping was deemed a bad thing. Reflective of much else in our American culture, it represents a consumeristic approach to church. The idea being that if the service at church A was too long, church B was right down the street. And if that didn’t work out, well there’s always the tried-and-true-blue Methodists.

Or no church at all.

In fact (sorry, I’m not going to back this up with statistics. If you want stats, read Kinnaman, or Barna), more are indeed leaving the church now than ever before. It’s deemed boring,  irrelevant, or folks are just too busy to bother. FOOTBALL!

Three guys from North  Carolina aim to put a stop to that by flipping the script on what church hopping is. In fact, that’s what they call themselves, the Church Hoppers. Because that’s what they do: hop from struggling church to struggling church to help them reach souls for Christ by shoring up their foundations.

Who are the Church Hoppers? Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, Larry “Doc” Bentley, and Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart. Between the three of them, these gentleman bring decades of both ministerial, and business, experience to the table. Their focus is three-fold:

Systems

Business

Sales/Marketing

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Can you guess which is Rev Kev, Doc, or Gladamere?

In other words, in Star Wars terms, they bring balance to the force. Because it’s their contention that a church out of balance in any of these key areas is like a two-legged stool: bound to fall. In this way, they’re like the A-Team. If yours is a struggling church, if no one else can help, and if you can find them… I kid. All a church has to do is call. (But seriously, don’t you think “Hannibal,” “Murdock,”and “Faceman” would be better nicknames than “Rev Kev,” “Doc,” and “Gladamere?” To me, Rev Kev sounds like a moniker that either a DJ, or longhaul trucker, would use. And Doc? He was Snow White’s dwarf buddy. Don’t get me started on Gladamere. Is this a concatenation of “Vladimir” and “glad?” If so, Maxwell Smart says, “Missed it by that much.” Gladamere… It just kind of prances off the tongue).

I of course kid, but as marketing experts, one would think that they could come up with better nicknames. All of that aside, and in consideration of the age old question:

Does the world really need another reality show?

The answer is a resounding no. The world doesn’t need another reality show. It never needed any in the first place. That said, does Church Rescue deliver the goods? The answer, my friends, is a resounding “Yes!” These dudes, despite their problem nicknames, put the real in reality! How do I mean? Let me put it this way: have you ever seen a headstrong, take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway pastor own up to his junk baggage on national T.V.? If you watch this show, you will. You’ll see that, and more.

What you’ll see is three guys who help a church become more relevant without compromising the message. And that, Regis, is my final answer.

So tune at 10 PM EST/PST tomorrow night, Monday, November 11th to the National Geographic channel and see for yourself.

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  • Ricky Anderson

    I love this idea. It’s kinda what Paul did.

    • Indeed. Set your DVR, my friend. 🙂

  • Got the DVR set

  • I got no DVR. Heck, they don’t run cable out to my neck of the woods, BUT I’ve got this:

    Gladamere is actually a concatenation of “Vladimir” and “Galadriel” I bet every church they go to, he starts out with, “This church has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.”

    Then they smack him and get down to business.

    • JT, that’s just pure comedy gold right there! Awesome!

    • You know, JT, there’s this invention known as “satellite.” I know it seems far-fetched, but there are actually craft orbiting the earth, which beam T.V. signals into folks’ homes.

      From space.

      You should look into it.

      😉

      • I don’t believe it. I don’t see the satellites, so they don’t exist. OK, actually sometimes I do see the satellites, but that’s not the point.

        When Sandra Bullock causes all the satellites to crash to the earth, I’ll be happily watching TV from my rooftop antenna, thank you very much.

        But thanks for the tip. Skynet thanks you too.

        • “We control the horizontal, we control the vertical…”

          😉

  • Sounds a lot better than the Preachers of LA, that’s for sure

    • Absolutely. And shall we say a bit more realistic, too? 😉

  • Haven’t seen the show but it sounds interesting.

    • It’s really quite good! I was pleasantly surprised.