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There is a real lack of amusing church marketing.  This is because churches shouldn’t market – they should tell the Truth, love their neighbors, and take care of practical needs.  That’s church marketing enough.

But once in a while you see a church or a pastor doing something truly unique and downright fascinating.  I just saw such a thing over at The Daily.

Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic.

In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training.

“Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit. The training includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range.

Hilarious.  Concealed weapons training at church to attract local men.  We’ve seen it all.  And I’m very amused.

Originally posted at EricGoranson.com

2 comments
  1. I can see doing men-friendly events and I wouldn’t necessarily call that marketing, but offering concealed carry classes seems to be a stretch. I can see having an outside group conducting them in your building. If you have a church building it’s a waste if you don’t allow it to be a community resource. To conduct the classes themselves in order to reach men though… reach men with what exactly?

  2. Why would any Christian man need carry a concealed weapon or a weapon at all for that matter. A weapon is used for one purpose and one purpose only thus being to defend oneself which has absolutely nothing to do with being a Christian knowing our battle is not against flesh and blood rather principality’s and things of the air.
    A firearm is for the sake of hunting not men rather food. A weapon has an entirely different meaning and therefore purpose.

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