Here are four reasons to keep church fun:

1. Having fun together builds community.  Praying together, serving together, mourning together, worshiping together–all of these help bond Christians to one another.  So does laughter.  Having fun together connects people in a way nothing else can.

2. It enhances your church’s “friendliness.”  People like flying Southwest because they are obviously having fun as they go about their job.  Here’s a question: Do people who visit your church leave sensing your people like each other?  They will grant you love each-other for a while because they assume Christians love one another.  Like?  That’s another matter.  Who wants to join a community that doesn’t like each other?

3. Providing opportunities for laughter is a form of pastoral care.  Have you ever heard someone say, after laughing, “Oh…I needed that.”  Life is extremely heavy these days.  We need to remember that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22).  In its own way, laughter feeds cheerfulness of heart.  If joy (a prominent theme in Scripture) is a Fruit of the Spirit, perhaps laughter can be thought of as a fruit of joy.

4. Laughter as witness.  Wouldn’t it be something if we could say: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalms 126:2-3)

I know the humor police may be nearby, exclaiming, “What about lament?”  “Worship isn’t about entertainment,” and other things.  So, let’s add our caveats here. Obviously lament has its place, and of course worship isn’t about ‘entertainment’ (whatever one means by that).  However, having been to hundreds of churches, I’ve never seen one where laughter had an inappropriate place.  I’ve been to many in which it had virtually none.

Laughter is a good thing.  It’s a godly thing.  It will bless your church.

Gleaned from a longer article by: Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California–a fast-growing plant launched in 2011.  Visit Tim at newvintageleadership.com/