Salvation, Meet Convenience: Florida Church Offers Drive-Thru Prayer

April 23, 2012

There isn’t much you can’t do at a drive-thru window these days. Most of your basic needs, including food, liquor, pharmaceuticals and clean clothes can be met from the convenience of the driver’s seat.

We’re even aware of a few drive-thru funeral parlors, where paying your last respects still allows you to make it home in time for the ball game. If you live in Zurich, Switzerland, drive-in privacy boxes allow you to consort with local prostitutes in (relative) anonymity.

Now there’s one more thing you can do at a drive-up, if you live near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: save your soul from eternal damnation, perhaps after visiting Zurich. As Fox News tells us, the Pentecostal congregation of the Christian Life Center began offering  drive-thru prayer services on Friday evenings last month.

To date, approximately 150 sinners have been served, with volunteers offering up prayer for matters big and small. Pastor Sol Levy believes that many who use the drive-thru lane have never been inside of a church, and find the in-car service to be less intimidating.

As Florida’s Sun Sentinel reports, the congregation even has a “rush hour,” with most drive-thru visits occurring around 5:30 PM, as motorists make their way home from another stress-filled week on the job.

For now, the church is limiting the service to Friday nights, since the ultimate goal is getting more members into the church, not just through its parking lot.  Extending drive through prayer to other nights of the week, it’s feared, would achieve the opposite effect.

Like the idea, but don’t live near Ft. Lauderdale? Fear not, since you can repent at church drive-thrus in Texas, Georgia, Utah, Michigan and California, too.

Image credit: flickr user Jan Smith, licensed under CC 2.0

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