As society becomes increasingly more immersed in digital technology, the way we learn, read and communicate changes dramatically. EBooks are quickly replacing traditional books. The Internet is replacing movie theaters and television and cell phones and texting have all but replaced land lines as the traditional means of communication.
Technology has also impacted the Christian community. Churches are beginning to realize that society is becoming much more visually based. This shift brings with it shorter attention spans and many modern churches are starting to buck the system and implement multi-media con tenet, such as videos and bible verses on TV monitors. All of this is an attempt to keep people interested and stem the flow of young people leaving the church for greener pastures.
I have seen the devastation that follows a church that steadfastly refuses to adapt to changing times. Young people begin to leave for more modern churches or simply stop going all together. Even the older members that are quickly becoming more tech savvy are searching for something different. They are searching for an exciting and amazing worship experience. They don’t want something new, just something real.
David Kinnaman, in his book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving the Church,” wrote that young people view the institutional church as being out of touch with the concerns and struggles of their generation. We are losing an entire generation of young people to stiff-necked traditionalism and legalistic viewpoints, the very ideas that Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his time for. It’s time to stop telling people about Jesus and start showing them who he is. We can do that through visual evangelism.
What is visual evangelism? I’m glad you asked. The bible says to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength; in other words, with all of your being. Visual evangelism is a way of ministering to people with words, music, drama and other visual aids. It’s a way to allow people to not only worship and learn, but to fully experience worship with all five senses. This is how I want to worship God and I want to share this experience with others.
I believe that drama is just one weapon in a growing arsenal that churches can use to reach the disenchanted younger generation as well as hold onto the attention of the older generation that is quickly becoming bored with the traditional church format.
The impact a strong, well maintained drama program can have on a church as well as the surrounding community is immeasurable. Over the last ten years I have watched God inspire, teach, revive and save many souls through this ministry. He has inspired children as young as 5 and adults as old as 85 to become involved in the worship service through drama and you cannot put a price on that.
As the end of the age and the second coming of the Lord nears, it is more important than ever to inspire God’s people to worship and to reach the lost and dying world by any means. We do not change the Gospel message, but we do need to change the delivery. Jesus and Paul both used various means to deliver their messages. Jesus used stories and parables. Paul used various illustrations to reach people where they were. He once used an unnamed idol to teach people about God. So if Paul and our Lord did it, should we not be eager to follow their example.
Why should we incorporate drama into our worship service and begin using visual aids to evangelize? Because it is not just entertainment for the sake of entertainment, it is evangelism and we have a lot of lost sou;s that need saving…