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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. Interesting summary of faith stunts.

    I did the “sex-every-day” stunt back in college.
    But It is much more difficult to practice after marriage.

    • Max, God will survive the internet and any future new technology. I’m afraid you will not be around to see it.

  2. 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.

  3. Not to quibble, but Ybor City is not a city. It’s an historic district in the city of Tampa, like the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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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. […]