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Christian sketches have a significant impact on church growth. Consider the Stars, a new collection of professionally produced Christian one-act plays, is reinforcing the trend.

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Drama is entertaining, hard to forget, and a valuable teaching tool, yet is still used infrequently in most church services today. Why? Good drama is not easily manufactured. No one is next to you singing your part in your ear. To be effective, drama needs to be memorized and well-rehearsed. We all understand the logic behind great rewards requiring great investments, but great investments seem to be increasingly harder to come by when pressure and fear of failure enter into the equation.

Serving in drama ministry is not for the faint of heart, but there are resources available. There is a treasure of information contained in a new book written by John Lindsay (writer/producer of Act of God) entitled Consider the Stars. Consider the Stars contains 16 ready-to-present Christian sketches including director’s notes and scriptural references as well as a detailed outline of how to host an acting and drama workshop.

Church drama is fortunately on the rise, but is still primarily utilized exclusively during the more populated holiday seasons. Unfortunately, investing heavily into programs only twice a year conditions an audience to think that there will be only two services where such an effort is made. For a healthier new church-goer retention rate, a more regular implementation of drama needs to be scheduled.

The benefit of a congregation knowing that a drama will be presented on a regular monthly basis is there can be an open invitation offered to the community. Drama presentations are excellent ways to reach and even extend an existing circle of influence. It is certainly easier to invite a co-worker or neighbor to a show as opposed to a lecture. People are more agreeable to a show, especially if it’s funny. They are likely to return, however, only if the presentation was enjoyable. For this reason it is important to use tested material and trained actors.

The majority of the Christian sketches included in Consider the Stars have been produced and performed before audiences, in some cases hundreds of times. Four of the sketches included in Consider the Stars were a part of Act of God, a Christian Comedy, which ran in Branson, MO from 2005 - 2007. Many of the Christian sketches in Consider the Stars have holiday themes and are designed to appeal to all ages. Other sketches include themes on family, faith, finances and agape love with a lively and often comedic approach.

Even though Consider the Stars is a collection of tried and true Christian sketches, the overall purpose of the book is to develop Godly character. The Consider the Stars section on acting is clear and insightful. “There are countless books on acting but all of them miss one key ingredient,” says Lindsay. “Every choice a person makes is influenced by a belief system. That’s why it’s so important to address acting from a Christian perspective.”

The value of drama to an existing church is limitless. Consider the Stars can be read for enjoyment. It can be used to inspire involvement in Bible studies and youth groups. It can help develop communication skills and raise confidence levels. Ultimately, the unforgettable Christian sketches and instruction available in Consider the Stars will make incorporating drama far less intimidating and bring Godly principles to life.

Consider the Stars is a valuable resource and can be ordered online through Barnes and Noble, Amazon or Author House. You can also find out more about Consider the Stars at http://considerthestars.com/2012/06/01/book_release/.

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