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Priest Idol

20 September, 2004 9:37 AM

Friends and I have often joked about pitching a reality tv show to network producers that would be based around churches. We figure in most churches there are enough dramas and scandals to fill in 60 minutes of television every month. Of course we weren't serious - these are the sorts of ideas that come out when group of guys with too much time on their hands get together.

It seems that there must be a similar group of guys are because someone has come up with the idea of Priest Idol.

'Channel 4 will screen a new series which aims to boost a congregation in a parish with poor church attendance.

With the working title Priest Idol, the show will give a vicar 12 months to boost the church's turnout.

Backed by advisors, the vicar will be able to spend an undisclosed sum of money on anything he or she thinks will appeal to parishioners.

Being filmed in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, the three-part series is due to be broadcast at the end of 2005.'



Man. Now I've heard of everything! ;)

Messy Christian » 21 September, 2004 2:17 AM

On the face of it, you automatically think it's the wrong thing to do. However..... Perhaps I can present a different perspective. I am English, 49 years old, and have been living in the US for 8 years now. While I always thought of myself as a Christian when I was still in England, I didn't go to church other than births, weddings and funerals, and had no concept of who Christ is until I really came to know Him in 1997. In a sense, he actually came to my house because there was no way I was going to meet him through the people I hung out with! I was sitting at home one night, channel surfing after a self-imposed curfew that only allowed me to go out of the house to work and buy groceries. I tended to screw everything else up and make a mess of my life otherwise. Anyway, I landed on a station where a well-dressed, smiling, even "smooth talking" guy was chatting to an "audience". Caught me off guard. I laughed a couple of times at what he was saying as it resonated so deeply with me, but in an non-threatening way. I even subconsciously remember telling myself "How odd, I thought this was a Christian channel and yet this guy is making me laugh." Churches I knew were dark, miserable and unwelcoming places where you daren't smile or talk or look at anybody else. That's what churches were like for me growing up in England. I'm sure there were different places that were more welcoming and less forbidding, but I'm just saying I never went to any or met anybody who represented a different kind of place. It took the TV to show me there were such places. The way I see it, God will use whatever it takes to meet people where they are so that they can see who He really is. If only one person is reached through this TV programme, it will have been worth it. For the rest, I'm sure it will reinforce the cynicism and negativity they already feel toward the church. But you know what? That still doesn't change who God is. Not one iota.

Jill Taylor » 25 September, 2004 11:49 PM

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