Posted by: mylifeisepic | August 5, 2008

Ministry Parodies

A popular thing in Hollywood/entertainment is the parody. From “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles” to “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to the more recent “Scary Movie,” “Superhero Movie,” and the yet-to-be-released “Disaster Movie,” there has always been a market for taking what has already been done (the original movie), changing it up a bit to make a buck.

And it works. Kind of.

But in the end, we don’t give any real respect to these parody movies. They are just low-budget films that piggy back on the success of another movie and try to get noticed for a short while. I think that the producers, actors, and directors of these parody movies know exactly how the game is played. But in the end, these movies seem cheap, lazy, and they fade away quickly.

But what I think needs to be addressed within the church is our pension for “ministry parodies.” You know exactly what I’m talking about. When the Church sees something that is working in pop culture, we feel that we should just knock that look/feel/design off, put some spiritual tones to it, and make it our own.

But, doesn’t that seem cheap and lazy? I believe so. I can say this because I’ve been as guilty of it as any other church worker/designer. I’ve ripped of sermon series ideas, graphics, etc. So of all that can be ripped, I’m sure I’ve ripped it.

But, as the Church continues to rip-off popular culture, I fear that we are looked at as lazy, cheap, and creatively fading.  If our creativity and artistic expression is limited to what we can knock off and imitate, we’ve lost our creative connection with a creative God.

And then we ARE cheap, lazy, and fading.

There is a great article over at about Erwin McManus, about the church being creative.

As Christians, we should be incredibly artistic, creative, and innovative.  Let’s stop ripping off popular culture, because frankly, we should be better than that.  MUCH BETTER.

Let’s be the most creative, innovative, artistic, and original people on the planet.

Not the laziest, cheapest, and creatively empty.  It’s time to change that perception




  1. Brotha, I couldn’t agree with you more… Although I do love me a little Blazin’ Saddles!!! You mean that’s not a real western? It’s the only one I’ve ever liked.

  2. Very true. This is the problem with Microsoft Vs Apple. Microsoft has invented very little over the last 5-10 years. They have bought third party applications and included them in their base products. Apple is designing new devices and services all the time. Microsoft relies on their history and they are counting on that sustaining them through the future. It does take a concerted effort to be original but it does pay off. Can you say iPOD? 🙂

    Nice BLOG

  3. well said AA. Let’s innovate the heck out of ministry. I’m in all the way.

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