A new idea to engage people during your sermon

MacWorld bingo Okay, I can’t resist this.   I ran across a blog about MacWorld attendees — folks who go to the annual keynote address by Apple founder Steve Jobs.  It seems that attendees amuse themselves while listening to Steve Jobs talk by playing MacWorld Bingo.  Just like regular bingo, except the MacBingo card is filled with possible sayings Jobs is likely to utter.  As he utters them, players X-off each one until they have either a row, column, or diagonal covered.  Then they yell, “Bingo” — during his speech.  Okay, I don’t think anybody really did that, but it could happen.  You know where I’m going with this, don’t you?

Instead of that page in your bulletin titled, Sermon Notes — which people use to write notes to each other — why not include a SermonBingo card similar to the MacWorld Bingo card.  Put in key phrases like, “Isaiah said” and “fire and brimstone” plus a bunch of others until you fill up a bingo card.  Encourage your members to “play along” as you preach.  First one to “Bingo” gets a prize — say, the collected sermons of their favorite preacher — you.  Or something like that.  Now that’s what I call worship participation.

4 thoughts on “A new idea to engage people during your sermon”

  1. That’s very creative. We’ve also used remote controls during special events. People answered questions and saw the audience’s answers on screen.

    How about having the person come up and share their faith story or faith journey in 2 minutes or less when they win… puts an interesting twist on interaction.

  2. Me, again. When I did this post, it was pretty much a tongue-in-cheek kinda thing. But Henriet’s comments got me to thinking. So this Sunday we’re going to do “SermonBingo” at our casual community service at 9 AM! That’s right, folks, stay tuned for all the details.

  3. Fun idea. I think it could work quite well. Although, it is a little sad that we need stuff like sermonbingo to keep peoples attentions. I don’t think it has anything to do with the preaching, but everything to do with our culture.

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