Dogs_In_ChurchOne LA pastor, Rev. Tom Eggebeen, has come up with a way to bring new members into his church, at the end of their pooch’s leashes. Yup, Covenant Presbyterian Church has gone to the dogs with a special 30 minute service which includes doggies beds, bowls of water and doggie treats, Canines at Covenant.

Dogs_In_Church1When Rev. Eggebeen took over as pastor a few years ago, attendance at the once bustling Covenant Presbyterian Church had been dropping and the members, although devoted, had dwindled to a relatively small number of seniors. This is not just the case at this church either, you will see this same thing at churches all over the country regardless of denomination, people seem to have less time and less interest in church but people love their dogs and pets and more and more pets are becoming a more important part of the family unit.

So Rev. Eggebeen decided to appeal to puppy love to fill the pews… and the doggie beds in his church and it’s working too, at one of the Canines at Covenant services, there were about 30 people and their pooches, three-quarters of them new faces in the church.

“The Bible says of God only two things in terms of an ‘is’: That God is light and God is love. And wherever there’s love, there’s God in some fashion,” said Eggebeen, himself a dog lover. “And when we love a dog and a dog loves us, that’s a part of God and God is a part of that. So we honor that.”

There is a growing trend across the country for religion/churches to address pets’ spirituality and their bond to their people although Christian belief is that animals do not have redeemable souls. Numerous different churches are offering pet-centric services and pet blessings are becoming more the norm than not.

“It’s important for a church like us just to do good things. The results, we’ll just have to see,” Eggebeen said. “Ultimately, that belongs to God.”

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