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Comedy and the Congregation

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter Dr. Jason Deuman who facilitated the workshop Comedy and the Congregation in June of 2023.


3 Resources
S5 E8: Laughing Our Way to Perfect Humanity
Dr. Jason Deuman joins Shellie and Matt to share how humor became a big part of his life and how he believes it provides us with the ability to better understand our sacred...
Humor Us! Preaching and the Power of the Comic Spirit
This book provides a framework for Christian preachers to understand the use of comedy in...
Stand-Up Preaching: Homiletical Insights from Contemporary Comedians
This book seeks to provide insight into the tools of stand-up comics to aid in the practice...
Why Stand-up Matters: How Comedians Manipulate and Influence
This book looks at the social and political impact of stand-up comedy in both its positive...


Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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