America’s biggest football game is coming, and your church can leverage all the buzz and excitement to introduce your community to Jesus.
Provided by our partner The Increase, Football Sunday is a free event your church can use as a sermon replacement video on Super Sunday. Sportscaster, James Brown, will host this event featuring professional football players as they share the love and truth of Jesus—in a way your attenders may have never heard before.
Hear Pastor Jacob Ouellette from Thrive Church share how Football Sunday was a success in his morning services, and learn how you can download everything you need to use Football Sunday in your church.
Now that you have the resource ready for the big game, learn four ways you can win by creating a fun, vibrant environment that will engage and excite sports fans—all with one goal—to point them to Jesus. From tailgating to lives changing, this unique experience will fill your church and set the scene for many people to come to faith in Christ.
4 Ways to Win with Football Sunday
1. Rally the Crowd
As you lead up to Super Sunday, a great way to excite your attenders is with short promo videos that can be viewed before or after service and on social media. In fact, leveraging social media is a valuable way to give a glimpse of what new attenders can expect at your church. You can download promo videos on the Open Network, or consider shooting some with you and your church staff to add some unique personality and flair.
What’s a Super Sunday without good food? If it’s within budget, offer concession stand goodies, like popcorn or candy, hold a chili cook off, or host a parking lot tailgate party. Not only does food bring people together, but it also adds an element of comfort for guests.
3. Play Like a Champion
Creating a fun environment makes this experience memorable for both kids and adults. Decor doesn’t have to been expensive—small elements like tailgate tents, colorful flags, and staff wearing jerseys or referee shirts can go a long way. Take it up a notch or two with these some of the ideas below:
- Set up a faux football field with small bleachers to let kids sit on.
- Build “locker rooms” in hallways.
- Create a photo op scene with props like pom-poms.
- Replace the typical bulletin with a “ticket” design.
- Assemble an inflatable tunnel.
- Add a scoreboard to keep count of lives saved that day.
- Request the local high school’s mascot to greet visitors at the entrance.
4. Leave Everything on the Field
With all the focus on the environment, we can’t forget about the most important thing—the people. We want attenders to have a fun, new way to hear the Gospel, but we also want to spur them to action—to take next steps. Reach out to those who make a first-time decision; if possible, connect with them one-on-one to hear what God is doing in their lives and guide them in their new walk with Christ. Offer other ways attenders can take their next step: small groups, Bible reading plans, or just encourage them to come back the following week.
Super Sunday is fun and exciting—not just because of the big game—but because faith doesn’t have to compete with football. God can use this exciting day in sports to create a winning play for the church. If you’d like more ideas on how to leverage this exciting weekend to reach more people for Christ, watch this training, read this past blog post on the Open Network, or download the Football Sunday Playbook from The Increase.
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