Competing with the NFL

December 22, 2004 by

When it comes to competing with the mass media, the church tends to lose. On Christmas Eve this year the Minnesota Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers in a 2:00 p.m. game, prompting conflicts with 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve church services.

All the excitement is understandable, but I’m surprised no one has come up with a workable solution. How about rescheduling your church service so families can catch the game? How about throwing a party to watch the game and having a Christmas Eve service either before or after?

Why is it we have to whine about the NFL being so rude to fans? Why can’t we make the best of it and hope next time the NFL is a little more considerate?

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Kevin D. Hendricks


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2 Responses to “Competing with the NFL”

  • Knowledge Lab
    January 13, 2005

    Competing with the NFL

    When a Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers football game fell on Christmas Eve, churches scrambled, some canceling and others reschedule Christmas Eve services, while others simply complained about the NFL’s scheduling. Take advantage of a scheduling…


  • Brian
    July 23, 2009

    Actually, this was a great opportunity for Wooddale Church to get some free press. We promoted our early Christmas Eve service on the local sports-talk radio station in town using an ex-Viking as the voice-over. A couple of TV news stations in town caught wind of this and made a story out of it. It was one of our highest attended early Christmas Eve services Wooddale Church had in years!



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