A comedic look at ministry.
Sid Huston AKA, “Clam” the Clergyman
This program features the hilarious stories and insights from 25 years of Pastoral ministry.
The Major theme is: “Why did God call me, and why did God call you? He doesn’t make mistakes!”
Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:27 “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”
This is a respect based ministry designed to encourage ministers and to call people into kingdom ministry. We will laugh at ourselves, our practices, and our approaches. But, we will seek to love God and each other more.
Basis for ministry: The Joy of the Lord, and that good medicine called a joyful heart. (Neh. 8:10, Proverbs 17:22)
Source of Humorous material: Stories from Sid’s years as a youth and college Pastor, Senior Pastor, Bible teacher, Camp Pastor and speaker, and as an Associate Pastor. He draws life-giving humor from youth outreach events. Studies, Ski trips, baptisms, Parents and counseling. From his experience being a Sr. Pastor, working with boards, the church vote, and the process of change, visitation, weddings, funerals, Christmas trees, storage issues, chairs, and the Church organ.
You may ask: “what could be so funny about the church organ?” Well it took us years to get it removed and exchange it with a new electronic one that could play more music than just the great old hymns of the faith. So after years of prayer, pleading and posturing. The day came when the music store took our old bellowing wooden monster made of big peddles and plungers and brought us a computerized electronic keyboard that could be programmed to play an orchestra full of instruments. The day came for this new organ to be added to our platform and it just so happened that on that very same evening I was taking our ministry leaders out to a dinner program. While we were sitting at our table we were over heard talking about having our “organ removed”. I heard the folks at a nearby table looking at us and laughing about how someone at that table had their “organ removed.” Getting our organ removed was painful enough, but to have perfect strangers laugh at us well, maybe that is when “Clergy Man” Clam was conceived. I do not claim this to be an immaculate conception because ministry is very messy.
I would not prescribe an “organectomy” for everyone or for every church but a good laugh will do your body good. I will always thank God for my Father in-law Bill Shellhart who introduced me to Norman Cousins. Cousins was a NEW YORK Evening POST writer and studied learner who contracted a fatal disease. Not wanting to die before his time he landed on a bible principle that saved his life. Found in Proverbs 17:11, he began to research how a joyful heart, or a human spirit that laughs experiences healing from the inside out. Before long Norman was regularly watching MARX BROTHER movies, and hiring comedians to help him laugh himself into health. And his research and personal experience confirmed this truth and he overcame his sickness by “Jogging internally” with laughter.
Norman took his research and wrote the now famous book THE ANATOMY OF AN ILNESS, which supports this great bible idea. This serendipity that Norman Cousins stumbled upon about laughter is probably the only thing I will ever agree with him on as he was a very liberal morally and politically. Just as many Christian Rock N’ Roll musicians will question: “why should the Devil have all the good music.” I will question Cousins and ask why should all the comedians be worldly and have only potty mouth humor? I have discovered that the best laughter does not come from sensual or off color jokes, but from real life stuff. Just like our “Organectomy”, and other life experiences. There is no doubt that as Christian people we really can not release our hearts to laugh unless our conscience approves the thoughts. So, no wonder good clean and moral humor is the best of the best medicine of all.
“Clam the Clergy Man” is totally committed to humor that is wholesome and edifying. He speaks as if Jesus is right there at the table with you and believes that He is alive in you. The Clam wants you to feel great about being in fellowship with Jesus and has made it his aim to make your comedy experience with Him something that is God honoring and uplifting to your human spirit. He knows that if your sanctified mind has to reject any thought your human spirit will have a hard time laughing at it. We all have laughed at inappropriate stuff and then felt like we needed to go and take a shower for doing so. The Clam has a goal found in 1 Timothy 1:5: “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
The name “Clergyman” and “Clam” are really a call to all of us ministers not to find their identity in what we do. And the clam idea wouldn’t be considered a biblical idea because he doesn’t have fins (Leviticus 11). On the other hand, laughter is not forbidden!
Clam exposes the “shells” we all try to hide behind. This presentation helps everyone get out of their shell and become happy as a clam. Everyone who engages the Clam will be encouraged to quit playing “prevent defense” and stick their neck out and take risk so they can move forward and help people. Sid calls people to be like Jesus, who made himself nothing and took risks to reach us (Philippians 2). He calls people to live out their identity in Him, and to be real, transparent and winsome. This is when ministers are at their best and when they are most Christ like. Sid believes that the best way to communicate this important message is through humor. Laughter has a way of getting at our hearts in a pointy fingered preaching cannot.
Insights: many of Jesus ministry experiences have humorous side stories to them. Sid looks forward to introducing people to the humor of Jesus. The Bible says: “God is in heaven and He laughs” Proverbs 2:4
Mary Pettibone Poole said: “He who laugh’s…lasts!” and Victor Hugo said: “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Sid has found that during his comedy performances it is easy to tell people about “Spiritual Photosynthesis” and how we can let the SAP flow. (The Spirit and the Anointing are released by Praise.)
Years ago Sid had a daily radio segment called DARE TO BELIEVE where he did a series called HUMOR ME, this was particularly well received and confirmed in his heart the value of humor. Sense then he hosted a couple of church based outreach events with nationally recognized comedians and these were greatly appreciated. Sid, was amazed at how easy it was to come up with humorous material, and that by comedy is in reality a “healing ministry”. It is the ultimate win-win situation, it takes the pressure off of everyone, and causes people to “get out of their shell” get it?
Some of those DARE TO BELIEVE, HUMOR ME radio segments are going to be made available to you as “podcasts”, along with some snippets of CLERGY MAN CLAM, doing his MY LUCKY DAY, comedy program. Stay tuned, or give Sid a call to schedule Clam.