About the show
Running a church takes more than faith, and even the holiest of institutions can fall victim to harsh realities. Enter the "Church Hoppers" — three business-savvy ministers who travel the country helping faith-based organizations reestablish themselves in the marketplace so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers. They use the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity to pull off inspiring interventions.
*I received this episode to review from Grace Hill Media for a fair and honest review.
Church Rescue is a new show airing on Nov. 11th on National Geographic. It is a reality show in the tradition of Extreme Home Makeover but with churches instead of peoples homes. The show is about “The Church Hoppers” and they are a team of ministers who specialize in helping struggling sanctuaries get back on their feet. They don’t care what type of church you have if it is in need of saving they will do their best to help you out.
The first episode is called Country Salvation.
The Church Hoppers have been called by pastor Larry Roseboro, the charismatic and strong-willed leader of New Hope Baptist Church who wants help in achieving his vision for a new million-dollar sanctuary. The Hoppers discover that Pastor Roseboro’s goal is unachievable unless they can get him to focus on making repairs and upgrades to his current church, find someone that he can delegate responsibility to, and then grow his congregation by delivering two services on Sundays instead of one.
Now I will tell you at first I did not like the pastor at all. Pastor Larry seemed single minded in his dream of building a large church. He has a picture of what the church should look like hanging on the wall of the church. Every time the Church Hoppers would say that it was very unlikely for him to get that large of church they butted heads. Pastor Larry wouldn’t give an inch and at times I thought he was a bit rude to the three guys who have come to help him.
On another note, you could tell that Pastor Larry was very passionate about preaching and his church. Once Doc (the spiritual counselor of the group) gets to the root of the problem. Pastor Larry’s wife has died and his deacon has died and they both had shared the vision for the large church. It was really emotional watching the pastor break down as he talked about his wife, but you get to better understand why he wanted the large church. After that session they finally get the pastor to see that he needs to work on his smaller church and get a larger crowd with doing two services instead of one really long winded unfocused service.
This church is a Babticostal church and they are a bit radical in their church services but it was really fun to watch. I have actually attended some services that were like the ones on this show so I could relate a bit to it. Though are services never lasted four hours…ugh!!
It the fashion of a Home makeover type show we get to see them do a small remodel of the church and bring it to life. I really enjoyed reviewing this episode of Church Rescue and will be checking it out in the future to see what types of churches they rescue. I have seen photos on National Geographic and it looks like they will have a wide variety of church types from Amish to a biker church.
It is religious in content but I don’t think that you have to be religious to want to watch this show. I think it is going to be fun just seeing all these different types of churches and their beliefs. I would recommend it for anyone who likes watching makeover shows. I like that the three minister who are helping the churches participate in the churches. They sort of sneak in there and get a view of the church before talking to the pastor.
So tune in tonight at 10pm (9pm cst)and give a try!
Check out this short video below of the show!
In honor of the show’s November 11 debut, Grace Hill Media is letting me give away a Church Rescue Toolkit.
The “Giveaway Toolkit” will include:
-two highlighter pen
-two sticky pads
This giveaway is for US and Canada only.