MOORE — Metro churches are challenging their congregations to increase fitness through faith.
Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, churchgoers, including members of Moore’s First Baptist Church, will participate in the Lose to Serve challenge. The challenge is designed to help Oklahomans realize they can better serve their neighbors by living in a healthy body.
The Lose to Serve challenge has two components a church-wide competition and an individual competition, said the organization’s founder, Cody Bobay.
“What makes our challenge unique is that the prizes won are then passed along to someone in need,” said Bobay. “The winning congregations will give a house or a college scholarship to a needy Oklahoman. The same goes for the top 10 individual challenge winners as well. Our winners will bless others by their efforts.
“The church with the highest percentage weight loss coupled with the lowest percentage drop-out rate will win the church challenge,” said Bobay, a fitness instructor and author of “Lose 40lbs in 1 Day.” “The first place church wins a new three-bedroom, two-bath home built by 4Corners Homes. The second place church wins a full scholarship to Mid-America Christian University.”
Joining the Lose to Serve challenge will benefit church goers physically and spiritually, First Baptist Church Moore, Dr. Kevin Clarkson said.
“The challenge is not a road to self-absorption, but to self-sacrifice,” said Clarkson. “It seeks fitness for the sake of health and strength in order to better serve other people who are in need rather than a self-serving goal of only wanting to look good and feel better.”
Several metro churches are already registered. The contest starts Jan. 6, 2014, and ends March 3, 2014. Registrations will be accepted until midnight on Jan. 5, 2014. Individuals do not have to be associated with any particular church to sign up. Registration and weekly weigh-ins are done online at www.losetoserve.org. Proceeds from the $10 entry-fee will be used to purchase prizes and support ministries at The Jesus House, Oklahoma City Youth Wrestling Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.