I love seeing kids captivated and engaged!! So how brilliant is this church in Colorado Springs… by embracing popular culture and creating the “Potter Project” they have captured the hears and minds of kids who may otherwise never have heard the gospel!
One of the best ways of reaching my kids and getting their attention is to talk about what is happening in their world right now. WHATEVER that happens to be… if it’s Harry Potter or Star Wars… i’ll use it.
Here is a report from christianitytoday.com:
“After five record-breaking books and three successful movies, Harry Potter has secured his seat among the most beloved heroes of youth pop culture. But with the recent release of author J.K. Rowling’s sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, some in the church are still unsure what to make of the winsome wizard. Many church leaders, including Pope Benedict, have condemned Harry Potter, but at least one church, in a controversial move, embraced him. Their example raises a larger question: To what extent should the church embrace popular culture in order to reach lost people?
Kelly and Tosha Williams started Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs eight years ago with the goal of using popular culture to attract people to Christ. But when the church created a vacation Bible school based on the Harry Potter books in 2003, they attracted a lot of media attention and criticism. With the release of the newest Pottter book, their VBS story was told again on national television. So we spoke with Tosha Williams, creator of the “Potter Project” at Vanguard, about the issue of using popular culture to accomplish the church’s mission.”