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(RNS) The rise of the entertainment industry, combined with a focus on marketing techniques to preach the faith or build up a church, have sparked a penchant for ministry gimmicks that go well beyond the old dunk tank.


  1. These will be responsible for their flock for they have not been called by God..May the Spirit of God bring each one to repentance that they may be saved and may the eyes of their flock be opened.

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    […] Religion News Service described one of these "stunt pastors" as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. Warren promoted weight loss through "The Daniel Plan," a 40-day plan for him and those in his congregation to follow. The plan was based on the Book of Daniel, and both promoted scripture and healthy lifestyles. The stunt appeared to be a success, as 12,000 members enlisted in the plan and the congregation lost a collective 250,000 pounds. […]

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