As a former Cast Member, I think Cast Member Church is a great idea. When you consider the size and scope of Disney, you have quite a large population to reach. While I was aboard the cruise ship Disney Wonder, I created and led the first ever Disney Crew Christmas Choir. Every evening we would perform Christmas carols on the grand staircase for the guests. I was able to include some Jesus songs in the set, like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” (sung in three different languages). The cruise director would give a disclaimer prior to our show that “Disney does not endorse any specific religious beliefs.” Nevertheless, we sang songs of the story of Christ’s birth on the Disney Wonder!
Additionally, while working as a musician aboard a Princess cruise ship, I started and led a passenger Bible study. On each cruise, the first day would bring a handful of people. By the third day, I would have 25 to 30 guests.
I often felt like I was the only Christian on the entire ship! How I longed for fellowship while living at sea for months at a time. And I am sure I would have felt the same if I were at the parks.
Mark Galli reminds us of the importance of biblical character and spiritual maturity in our leaders. But he seems to say it’s either/or—we can have leaders gifted in strategy, finance, marketing and human resource development, or we can have 1 Timothy 3 leaders. I’ve known many CEOs who recognize they can do all things through Christ, but apart from him they can do nothing. Unfortunately, not all were capable and effective leaders. If elders regularly and candidly evaluated their senior pastor, and if boards of ...1
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