Leverage Your Pokestop

I want to tell you today that there is an easy way to talk to people in your community built right into your church building. The recent craze of Pokemon Go is all over the place. People getting robbed, people cashing car accidents, people wasting their life. Etc, etc.


A lot of churches have found out that their buildings are Pokestops and a lot of them hate that they are Pokestops.

So, what is a Pokestop? Basically as people are playing Pokemon Go on their phones Pokestops pop up at places of interest and if they stop there they can get items for the game. Your church building may also be a gym were people battle their Pokemon. Either way you can take advantage of this opportunity to outreach to your community.

See, Pokemon Go is very popular with Millennials. It is getting people out and into their communities. My hometown of Lancaster, Ohio comes alive in the historic downtown just because of this game.

With all this being said, here are a few ways you as a church leader can leverage your status as a Pokestop or gym:

Welcome Pokemon Go Players

Set up a sign or in someway designate that Pokemon Go players are welcome at your building. You can even offer drinks or snacks or pizza to even be more welcoming. Sure most people are not going to go to your church because of this but, you can start conversations!

Buy Lures

If your church is a Pokestop and you know nothing about Pokemon Go that’s ok! Find someone in your church who is familiar with it. You can buy lures in the game for very cheap and what they do is attract Pokemon that people want to your location for a period of time. People will literally be sitting in your parking lot for long periods of time: again you can start those  conversations about Jesus and your church!

Be Excited!

There is a lot of negativity surrounding players of Pokemon Go. They are mindless, they cause car accidents, they do not have jobs, etc. But, block that out and realize the great opportunity you have to start conversations with people because very likely your building is a Pokestop. You should be excited about this, not jaded!


My church building, sadly, is one of the few that is not a Pokestop or gym. But most likely yours is! Today I wanted to educate you on why that is a good and exciting thing, not something to be frustrated with!

Pastor: do good things and start good conversations because you are a Pokestop!


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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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