LEXINGTON, Ky. — In a bizarre display, a self-identifying church in Kentucky turned their Sunday service in a Super Bowl celebration with its “pastors” pretending to be football players and competing in preaching, complete with referees, a pig roast, commercials, and its “band going wild at halftime.”
“We’ve got jambalaya cooking out front, a pig roast, and pulled-pork sandwiches,” said Mark Stetcher, lead pastor of the Crossroads campuses in Central Kentucky, according to a report by WKYT in Lexington. “We’ve got our own commercials and the band going wild at halftime.”
Crossroads Lexington, and 13 other Crossroads campuses in Kentucky and Ohio, decided to celebrate the Super Bowl in this way “to get more people excited about coming to church,” the WKYT report states, since church attendance across the country is at its lowest during this Sunday.
Stetcher told the news station that various “pastors” from Crossroads take turns preaching and are judged based on the message.
“We have a referee who judges how much each message is worth, throws flags if they get out of bounds, and they have random phrases that they have to build into their talk,” Stetcher explained during the interview.
The event, which attracted nearly 70,000 people last year, is up to an estimated 100,000 this Sunday.