01/17/2012 11:25 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pray Faster: New Drive-Through Church


You can even have a drive-through wedding there.

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Selma, Alabama - In today's short attention-span world, people have less time to eat meals; hence, fast-food. They have less patience for long-term relationships; hence, quickie-divorces. And now, because even worshipping God takes up much-needed Sunday time, folks can do their praying quickly in a new drive-thru church.

At the Martin Luther King Baptist Drive-Thru Church, you're in and out in five minutes, guaranteed. You stay in your car and pull up to five different stations; each station lasting one minute of the five minute service. As Pastor Edward "Speedy" Jones puts it, "You get a one-minute sermon, a one-minute Bible study class, a one-minute choir song, one-minute news update about the congregation, and one minute of passing the collection plate and making a donation. It's become extremely popular, plus it's very convenient to pick the time you prefer to worship, as we offer seventy-five service start-times each Sunday.

"I'm ashamed to say I'd completely stopped going to church," admits Christine Soto, 43. "Between my job and my kids and errands and just needing the time to relax, I couldn't seem to make a couple of hours of church work for me. But now that I can get my weekly worshipping done in five minutes, I go every week. Thank you, Jesus!"

Other religions are taking note. The Trinity Catholic Church in Atlanta has recently added a drive-thru confession booth. And Temple Beth El, in Pittsfield, Massachussetts, offers a one-minute bar mitzvah ceremony.