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Engaging Gamer Culture in the Church

The church is a place that tries to be welcoming to all, and this can sometimes be a problem for those of us who are trying to figure out just what may be going on and why it matters. That being said, how do you know that you’re doing what may be best in regards to that world? How can you be more involved with gamer culture in the church?

Being in touch with gaming culture is a very important part of reaching out to gamers. One does not necessarily have to be a gamer, but it helps. There are a variety of websites and magazines that someone can check out if they’re trying to learn more about the gaming culture. There are also a variety of blogs and Twitter feeds that deal with gaming news and information. Knowing about gaming culture and what’s popular will help to establish relationships with students in the gaming crowd.

Conversations about similar interests, like gaming, are “safe” conversations that help youth workers to connect with teens on a relational level. Hopefully, those conversations based on similar interests can grow into a relationship where the youth worker has the opportunity to talk to the teenager about deeper spiritual topics. This could also ultimately lead them to a discipling relationship.

Video games, like books and other media, can also be used to encourage conversation based on the content of those games. Questions about the media can include, but are not limited to:

  • What standards does this game promote?
  • What is the main storyline?
  • Are you enjoying this game? Why or why not?
  • Can you think of any biblical principles related to this game?

Much of the media that Americans utilize is merely consumed instead of engaged. Engaging our students in a discipleship relationship by using gaming as a catalyst can be highly effective; it also can teach students to be mentally engaged in regards to the media they are consuming.

Finding a Family Focused Church

So, you know that there are a lot of things that you are looking for in regards to a church. How can you be sure that what you’re doing makes sense and is going to allow you to have the best results for the work that you’re doing? Do you know how to take the time to go ahead and find a family focused church that can meet your needs and take care of everything that may be going on with your family?

There are a lot of churches out there that actually put an immense amount of emphasis on family. They work hard to be sure that people can connect with other families and realize that they are not alone when it comes to sorting out that sort of thing. Not only that, but you will also feel a lot more connected and be able to have that whole thing of “it takes a village to raise a child” as you go into adolescence and adulthood with your kids.

The most important thing is that it takes quite a bit of time to really get involved in a church, so do your research before anything else and you are going to actually start to see how much you can get for your efforts in the meantime. You will be able to sort out the little things that you want to know and, in the long run, you will notice that it can make quite an impact for you to go ahead and seek out everything that you want to take time for in the end.

Top Megachurches in the United States

They have all of the glorious things that life can offer, including lavish screens, enormous auditoriums with exquisite church pews, and a high profile image they love. Of course, we’re speaking of megachurches and across the U.S. many such churches exist and many others dream to have such title. Here’s a look at some of the top megachurches within the U.S.

Lakewood Church

The Lakewood Church is the largest non-denominational church in the U.S., with a Houston, Texas, location. Around 44,000 people attend services at the church each week, where there are four English services and two Spanish services. The church was established in 1959 and is currently led by Pastor Joel Osteen. Victoria, his wife, is the church’s co-pastor.

North Point Community Choice

This Atlanta suburb church is located in Alpharetta. It’s the second largest church in the U.S. and the largest in the metro Atlanta area. There are five campuses at the church, with more than 24,000 people attending services at one of them each week.

Second Baptist Church of Houston

Another huge U.S. church located in Houston is the Second Baptist Church. More than 22,000 people attended services at the church weekly. The church is aligned together with Southern Baptists of Texas. The church was founded in 1927. There is plenty of fun on-site at the church, some of which is offered to both members as well as the Houston community. This includes a gym, a fitness track, sports leagues, a weight room, and more.

Southeast Christian Church

Southeast Christian Church, located in Louisville, KY, is another of the top megachurches in the U.S. This church has more than 16,500 members attending services weekly. There’s plenty to keep the members learning more about the word while enjoying life to the fullest. There’s a great kids ministry at the church, as well as a fitness center, sports related activities, and more.

Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church has over 21,000 members attending each week. Located in Lake Forest, CA, the church has a free community fitness center, a sports ministry, a garden ministry, and more. The church is influential in the creation of many other churches around the country as well.

Calvary Church

Pastor T.D. Jakes leads this well-known megachurch located in Dallas. The church partners with the YMCA and has many initiatives in keeping the community active and healthy. The black-majority church has an array of special events and fun going on inside the doors that improve health and help spread the love and the word of God.

Megachurches in the U.S.

So, if you are someone that wants to hear the word of God in style, sitting on the best church pews and in the largest auditoriums, these are some of the biggest and best churches in the U.S. Although you might not attend a church of this magnitude, know that they do, in fact, surround you with locations across the U.S. and one probably near to you.