This was the April Fool’s spoof theresurgence.org did… I think it’s REALLY funny!
Announcing Church Planter: The Video Game
Think God might be calling you to plant a church? What if you’re a 19-year-old undergrad, and planting is still years down the road? How do you prepare in the interim?
Introducing Re:Play, our new video game branch. On April 15, the Resurgence will release its first game: Church Planter, based off Pastor Darrin Patrick’s book. It gives the player hands-on training for what the trenches of ministry looks like as they learn to navigate the turbulent waters of religion in contemporary culture.
About the Game
Players will work their way out of their room and into the streets to find out what it’s like to plant a church. You’ll have to find your pants, your Bible, a shirt with buttons, while battling temptations (old and new) along the way. Next, you’ll need to gain knowledge of the Old and New Testaments while also studying prominent theologians across church history.
Once you’re grounded in your faith and good Bible teaching, you’ll need to gather your core group and think about where to plant. Take a missiological survey of the city to see how you can be contextually relevant to your flock. You’ll battle through the hardest parts of ministry as you start a church from the ground up while shepherding your wife and family, fighting the difficulties of working two jobs, and always looking to kill sin. Ministry is tough, and that’s why you need training.
Get online and connect with your friends. These connections will play a crucial role in the game as you start to build your core group. You’ll also be able to have Sunday services where everyone can join in. The preaching pastor can use his headset and mic to give sermons while other players listen. As an extension, worship leaders can use their Guitar Hero controllers to lead the online congregation.
“Unless heaven is real, let’s forget the church and go play video games.”
– Darrin Patrick. Church Planter, p. 97
“Video games aren’t sinful, they’re just stupid.”
– Mark Driscoll, Sermon