From 1982 to 1998 I was serving at Willow Creek Community Church and involved in youth ministry in one form or another. For most of my years there, I ran competition games for the youth teams. But I also worked with a drama director and later wrote and directed some dramas for Student Impact, Willow's high school ministry. I now live in Charlottesville, VA and attend a church here called Northridge Community Church where I have the opportunity to write and direct the drama for the Sunday services.

I write almost everything we do. I do this because: 1) I need dramas that are very specific to what the Pastor is speaking on and 2) I need shorter dramas that only require a few actors and are very easy to memorize. I decided to make these dramas available to anyone who had a drama ministry (or who wanted to start a drama ministry) at their church. I will post everything I've written to date with directors notes. I will also be posting new dramas as soon as I have written them.

How much is this going to cost me?
Nothing. They're free - my gift to you and your ministry!

Anything else I should know?

  1. These dramas can be altered but be careful not to lose the meaning. You may find that you need to change some reference that is more relevant to your community or cut a few lines because Ethel can't memorize that much.
  2. Leave the copyright notice on the bottom cause I need all the self-esteem I can get :)
  3. Don't publish or post these (in a book, on the web, etc) or try and make money off them. That just defeats the purpose of me offering them for free.
  4. Fire me off an email if you use it and tell me if the drama worked, if someone laughed (or cried) and if any tomatoes were thrown.
  5. These dramas can be used at any time for kindling.

Now, let's talk about how and why I write a drama. Don't skip this section. It will tell you if these dramas are right for you and your church. It's important for me to point out that I am merely a layman, part-time director. The philosophy on contemporary church dramas on the following page is my own. I've developed it from working in church dramas and following leadings from the Holy Spirit. That being said, read on!

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