We are unappologetically and unabashedly big fans of John Crist, so of course we needed to share this video with you guys of his comedy sketch of what it would be like if Bible characters had iPhones.
Seinfeld recently celebrated 30 years since its first episode aired back in 1989. It’s been lauded as one of the best TV shows of all time, despite being a show about nothing. Seinfeld is also my favorite sitcom of all time.
One of my pastor friends recently published an article on the Youth Worker Collective blog about what youth ministry leaders can learn from Seinfeld. So I thought I’d write a similar article for other church leaders—especially those in church communication.
The recent release of Avengers: Infinity War highlights the incredible success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Marvel and Disney have reinvented what superhero movie success looks like.
They’ve brought some of our favorite heroes, like Iron Man and Captain America, to the big screen. But they’ve also created blockbusters out of little-known characters, like Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything Marvel touches turns to gold (which would be a terrible superpower).
With that success, there is something that all church leaders can stand to learn from the MCU.
I recently wrote an article talking about how to add humor to your church brand. But I wanted to go into a little more depth on some of the different genres of church humor—both good and bad.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the six major church humor trends that I’ve noticed through my “intensive research” (a.k.a. Google searches).
Personally, I spent way too much time on the Flash site back in high school and can still quote many of the cartoons from memory. (Fittingly enough, I actually attended the same high school as the site’s creators.)
If you know anything about Homestar Runner, you’re familiar with Strong Bad and his infamous emails. As ridiculous as it may sound, we might actually be able to learn a thing or two about professional email marketing from Strong Bad’s email checking.
Humor isn’t something typically associated with the Church. Christians are often seen—at least by non-Christians—as a stuffy and solemn bunch.
While religion is certainly something to be taken seriously, a complete lack of humor only serves to isolate the church from society. In many ways, Christianity has become standoffish, unapproachable and unappealing. If we never make any jokes, we’ll often be the butt of them.
Adding subtle humor into your church brand can help to disprove these dour misconceptions. Show the world that we can laugh with them.