An article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership:
It’s a common complaint among clergy types, “Sunday morning sports are taking people away from worship!”
This lament and the exasperation that accompanies it go deeper than just whether a family shows up on a particular Sunday. It is the lament of the loss of the privileged place that the Church — and clergy — once enjoyed in our culture. And in our lament we risk alienating the very young families we seek to engage.
The emergence of Sunday morning sports is just a symbol of a shift that’s happening in our society where the church is no longer given deference. Clergy resent this loss and mourn our own diminishing cultural position and privilege. That’s what I hear just under the surface when clergy complain to each other about Sunday morning sports — it’s the loss of our place, our privilege, our position.
Full article here.