Matt Coker | @BackRowOnline
Working at a church isn't all sound booths and Bible studying. There's a lot (A LOT) of cleaning, reorganizing, designing, printing, and cleaning... Yes, I said cleaning twice. You people are pigs.
Here is just a sampling of some of the wonderful things I got to experience yesterday:
And that was all before I even had my cup of coffee!
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Matt Coker is the Ministry Director of The Back Row. He is married to a beautiful woman he met when they were both in youth group and they have one mischievous son together. Matt collects Funko Pop figures, loves time travel movies, and enjoys jerky meats. You can contact Matt via the contact page or on Twitter at @BackRowOnline.
Pre-gastric-bypass Bart Millard (Matt Coker) and Garth Brooks-if-he-was-a-nightclub-owner (Joey Porter) up there are a couple of dorks that spent a year trying to come up with the goofiest (and cheapest) ways to make church announcements more entertaining.
Seeing as Matt had a pretty good voice and Joey was actually the Worship Pastor of the church at the time, naturally one Sunday they decided to put together a musical.
"It was ridiculous," Coker said. "Normally for these videos, we met up on Saturday, acted out a couple goofy skits, and then I edited the video together. All told, it maybe took 3 hours. But for the musical, we had to set up a little studio and write and record all the songs, then record mini music videos while mouthing the songs as perfectly as we could manage, and then I had to sync everything perfectly. I think we started at about 5 pm and it was darn near 2 in the morning before I was done editing the video. But we got it done."
The results were a pretty impressive collection of short, amusing music videos about pretty mundane things like turning in permission slips for youth camp and checking the lost & found for missing Bibles. And when that Sunday rolled around, the video was a huge hit with the church.
Now, we invite you to give it a listen and maybe try the same idea in your own church!
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Every Wednesday and Sunday, we take to Instagram to bring you some of our best, most hilarious, 100% original, Christian and church-themed memes! Every couple of weeks, we like to showcase what we've been posting on the website. So, here's what you've been missing!
Okay, okay, you're right. We haven't done it since before Christmas! I got it. In fact, that will be reflected below, because these first 8 are from before Christmas (and thus, most are Christmas-themed):
Now that we've started back up again, here are our first 4 memes of the new year:
After Christmas Eve, Matt Coker practically disappeared from Twitter for nearly two weeks, only managing to tweet out a few random, obscure tweets that felt like subtle cries for help.
I'm sure a few of you, like the rest of us here at The Back Row, were worried about him and wondering just where he was and what was happening to him!
Here were our top 11 theories:
As it turned out, he was simply stuck in Idaho through the New Year, visiting his wife's extended family. That might have been worse than anything we came up with.
A lot of us remember sneaking our Game Boy's into church when we were little (before the era of "children's church"), or crawling underneath the pews like army men, or just running in the sanctuary until we were stopped by our moms and often given a swat on the fanny.
Well, last year, our parody artists took to the topic and created this familiar story set to the tune of "The Fox" by Ylvis. Take a listen and then comment below with what toy you used to sneak into church!
Here at The Back Row, we focus on two things: Healing and Humor.
We've got a whole team of writers for the "Healing" side of things, but currently, just one person handles the "Humor" side, and we desire to post at least one thing to each side every day.
We need Content Creators for the Humor side who would be willing to come up with a funny article two or three times a month. Here is the kind of stuff we're looking for:
1. Featured Videos - Showcasing a funny and clean (Christian or not, as long as it's clean) with a small blurb about the video and the channel/site/creator the video came from.
2. Hashtag Parties - The Back Row holds funny hashtag parties about once a month or so, but many other Christian Twitter accounts hold them too, and we don't always catch them all. You would find Hashtag parties started by other Christian accounts and showcase the funniest tweets. You could even host your own if you are certain you can get people to participate.
3. Twitter Spotlights - Find funny Christian Twitter accounts, write a short bio about them, and then feature 10 of their funniest recent tweets.
4. Funny Interviews - Find Christian Twitter personalities or other semi-to-very popular Christian figures and ask them some serious and some funny questions.
5. Movie Reviews - Watch a movie in the theater and write up what you thought of it, how appropriate it is, how family friendly it is, and what kinda of Biblical parables could you pull from it.
6. Slideshows - We've all seen those BuzzFeed things. If you can come up with some interesting ones with a Christian theme, that would be interesting.
7. Funny Commentaries - If you want to rant about something in the Christian community (without being overly rude or inappropriate, and BEING funny), go for it.
8. Featured Content - There are great Christian web comics out there, great Christian humor sites with funny stuff that we can share and link to with our audience. If you find something funny and worth sharing, we'd make a short version and link to the original.
9. Original Web Comics - We've tried our hand at web comics in the past, but since none of us can actually produce real ones, we've used online comic generators to create them. But if you have the talent and have been wanting to launch a Christian web comic, why not launch it with us and start out with an audience of 17K?
10. Anything Else You Got - Have an idea not listed here? I'm sure there are plenty of ideas out there. Run it by me and we'll see if it'll fit.
You could do one of these or several of them, we just need more content.
If you are interested in joining our ministry and bringing laughter to the hurting, then please contact us here, stating simply that you are interested in joining the humor team, and we'll send you a questionnaire.
Thanks, funny people!