Texas Church Aims to Boost Membership by Promoting Crossfit for Jesus

05 May


A Texas congregation is partnering with a gym to host crossfit workout challenges in an effort to boost membership and have participants glorify God through physical fitness.

Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas, and Crossfit Friendswood both believe in the importance of maintaining a spiritual and physical balance through Christian-inspired exercises.

“We gotta work out our faith. So when we work out our bodies, there’s a correlation there,” said Mark Carden, executive pastor of Clear Creek Community Church, reports KVUE-TV. “Without that encouragement, we fail.”

Ah; no. Two different things, those. Bit of a stretch, there (no pun intended; well maybe a little. 😉 ).

The gym itself even promotes the link between being active and godly with a visual reminder posted on the wall that reads, “Glorify God in your body,” displayed in the front and center of the facility.

Gym owner Heather Prenatt, says her gym members simply want to feel accepted and her facility is the place where they fill that longing.

“…They come here looking to get healthy and I think they find so much more,” said Prenatt, according to KVUE-TV. “We have a resurrection WOD (workout of the day) where they’re literally carrying the barbell, symbolizing the cross and suffering.”

What the hell? It does no such thing; it’s a piece of workout equipment; not a method of torture and execution!


“In Crossfit you’re all doing the same thing, it’s constantly changing, you have a sense of community and a sense of I’m doing the same thing that somebody next to me is doing…when I work out and wiping sweat it’s like you know what, God’s got me, God’s got me,” said Cornell King, Crossfit Friendswood trainer.

God is your spotter?


6 responses to “Texas Church Aims to Boost Membership by Promoting Crossfit for Jesus

  1. ScareCrow

    May 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Ever see that Monty Python sketch, “Crackpot Religions Limited”?

  2. Velvet

    May 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    “as unto the Lord” brings out the whack in people sometimes.

  3. Will S.

    May 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    @ ScareCrow: Actually, I hadn’t! But now I have; hilarious:

    @ Velvet: Indeed…

  4. sfcton

    May 6, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I look over at the cross fit folks when I’m training and I cannot readily tell the men folk from the girls…. unless it’s the girls with the short hair. I reckon that’s not pleasing to the Alimighty

    • Will S.

      May 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

      I reckon not, either; the Bible praises long hair in women, and condemns it in men:

      Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

      But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

      – I Corinthians 11:14-15 (KJV)


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