Organic Congregations

Some people call them “captive audiences.” I like “Organic Congregations” better; it’s more PC (Preacher Correct).

You’ll hear the occasional hoot or holler from the man or woman standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or Social Security office, or the local courthouse when a preacher starts preaching to those Hellbound souls queued up and doing nothing but awaiting there eternal destiny before the doors open: “Not fair!” they’ll scream in protest. “We’re a captive audience!”

Nope. Organic congregation.

Whole souls, naturally grown, no hormones, no artificial flavors and locally available.

Organic congregations can be found at bus stops, traffic lights, inside elevators—or at a very long line nearest you.

You may have the only preservative people will ever need, preserving them for a long and happy eternal shelf life.

No plastic bags, please.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) wrote:

The great benefit of open-air preaching is that we get so many newcomers to hear the Gospel who otherwise would never hear it. The Gospel command is, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,” but it is so little obeyed that one would imagine that it ran thus, “Go into your own place of worship and preach the Gospel to the few creatures who will come inside.” “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in”— albeit it constitutes part of a parable, is worthy to be taken very literally, and in so doing its meaning will be best carried out.

We ought actually to go into the streets and lanes and highways, for there are lurkers in the hedges, tramps on the highways, street-walkers and lane-haunters, whom we shall never reach unless we pursue them into their own domains. Sportsmen must not stop at home and wait for the birds to come and be shot at, neither must fishermen throw their nets inside their boats and hope to take many fish. Traders go to the markets; they follow their customers and go out after business if it will not come to them; and so must we. Some of our brethren are prosing on and on to empty pews and musty hassocks, while they might be conferring lasting benefit upon hundreds by quitting the old walls for a while, and seeking living stones for Jesus. —From “Open-Air Preaching – A Sketch Of Its History And Remarks Thereon”

Photos for this post are from the following articles:
“USC, Upset”
“Preaching at American Idol”
“Terrorists in the Elevator”
“Porta-Potty Preaching”

Comments (2)

  1. Paul Latour


    So, though they be unaware, to some the preacher is the seed guy. To others, the preacher is the weed guy.

    But only the Head Gardener knows for sure how beautiful and bountiful His garden will turn out to be in the end. With His watering and pruning expertise, it’s going to be quite the glorious harvest! Amen to that!

  2. Anthony Jannotti


    Just a thought. Why is it that in this country a preacher can be arrested for reading the Bible in a DMV parking lot, but certain people can protest at soldiers funerals and be protected under THE 1ST AMENTMENT!? Some ignorant pastor can burn a Koran in public and chastise Muslim beliefs putting hundreds of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines serving over seas in danger of retaliation strikes, but by simply reading the Bible in public this preacher was threatening the people in line at the DMV?!?! I will tell you why…….POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!!!! We are so worried that someone might be offended that we sh@# on the rights that we ALL have bled, sweat, and died for!! Look I was raised a Catholic and I will be the first to say that I am far from the best Catholic! I’ll be surprised if I don’t catch on fire the next time I go to mass! But if you are really offended by having to listen to someone read from the Bible for a few minutes, then you have a lot more things things to worry about than your so called civil rights being violated!!! I am so sick and tired of good people having to watch what they say, or do, or write, just so that some left sided Democrat tree huger does not get their feelings hurt! Speaking for myself and most likely a lot of the men and women I have had the honor to serve with over the years, this is not the ideals we all fought and died for!! Grow up America! If you don’t like it….change the channel! If something offends you…..educate yourself and figure out a solution! Maybe there is a common ground. And if you don’t want to hear what people have to say while your out on the streets …….stay home!!!! You cant get offended sitting in your friggin living room with a cup of hot tea watching Opera tell you how wonderful the world is!!!!! If you agree with this great. If you don’t most likely your part of the friggin problem and I sure hope this offends you!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

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