Urban Loft Publishers Releases Curing Sunday Spectatoritis: From Passivity to Participation in Church

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For Millennials and others the sit-watch-and-listen format of most church services isn't cutting it. In Curing Sunday Spectatoritis 25 church leaders tell how they involve their congregations in church meetings.

Curing Sunday Spectatoritis

Turning "Pew Potatoes" into Participants

How can church worship services be opened to congregational participation? That is the question Larry Peabody, author of Curing Sunday Spectatoritis, posed to church leaders. In the book, 25 leaders describe a variety of ways they are turning spectators into participants during congregational meetings.

Peabody argues that typically both the church meeting space and the order of service press the body of Christ into audience mode. Church becomes theater. An overemphasis on platform performance creates passivity in the pew.

By contrast, he says, those in the New Testament church did not just consume. They contributed. When they met, Christians were able to encourage each other and to spur fellow believers on to love and good works. Curing Sunday Spectatoritis shows how at least seven of the New Testament one-anothering instructions can be practiced during a Sunday service.

Centuries of church tradition, says Peabody, make it seem like sermons must be monologues. Yet that idea has no New Testament support. Fuller Seminary professor Charles Kraft has written, “I'm really impressed with how little Jesus monologued.” In Curing Sunday Spectatoritis several pastors tell how they involve their congregations with dialogical preaching—in ways that preserve the integrity of biblical teaching while avoiding the pitfalls of a rambling talkfest.

The book’s title was inspired by a quotation from 20th century theologian, Elton Trueblood: “All of us suffer from a terrible sickness in our churches. It is called Spectatoritis . . . . The secret is participation, participation, participation.”

David W. Gill, who served as a professor in Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, says, “I can hardly wait to bring together a dozen of my pastor and church leader friends and colleagues to study, digest, debate, and apply the insights of Curing Sunday Spectatoritis for our own contexts. It is that good. Really.”

The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/j7w2jyr

Author Bio:
For decades Larry Peabody has worked to reconnect weekend faith with weekday life. His career has spanned the sacred-secular divide, with roles as state employee, business owner, church planter, and senior pastor. He currently teaches theology of work for the Bakke Graduate University. Previous books include: Serving Christ in the Workplace: Secular Work is Full-Time Service and Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work.

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Curing Sunday Spectatoritis: From Passivity to Participation in Church
Bakke University Press
An Imprint of Urban Loft Publishers
P.O. Box 6, Skyforest , CA 92385
http://www.urbanloftpublishers.com
Copyright © 2016 Larry Peabody
ISBN: 978-0-9973717-3-4

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