After preaching from the Bible while also studying and practicing improv, a couple of things became clear:
1. Jesus, and the founders of the early church, were engaged in a ministry of improvisation, meaning they had to think on their feet and make it up as they went along A LOT.
2. I became intrigued by a saying attributed to St. Francis.
One night while watching "We Cause Scenes," the documentary about Improv Everywhere, it hit me: I was supposed to use my improv training and my theological training and do the thing Saint Francis said we should be doing! I wanted to take my preaching off the page and out of the pulpit and invite people to come out of the pews or their homes or wherever and bring the gospel to life in the places where people gather and live and work.
Some people thought it sounded like a great idea.
Some just didn't get it.
Some, I'm sure, thought that I was crazy. I mean, I had always been, you know, eccentric, but this was clear evidence that I had crossed a line and entered the land of the cray-cray, perhaps never to return.
I tried to get people to understand and support my idea. Finally I got it: if I wanted to make this thing happen, I needed to SHOW people what I envisioned instead of trying to describe it in words.