There’s a time and a place for everything, and sometimes humor in the pulpit can be a good thing. Humor can put people at ease, and help to break down barriers. A funny statement gets people’s attention, and through a humorous illustration, a serious topic can be better received or understood.

But as a pastor, you don’t want to keep on using the same old jokes and funny analogies over and over. Yes, it can be impactful for the guests, but what about your regular members? To help you out, we’ve gathered five funny sermon illustrations that your congregation may not have heard before:

#1 – Selfish Dating

Have you heard the one about the mother who advised her young adult son to invite his new girlfriend over to his apartment for a home-cooked meal? As the man tells his mother the next day, the date didn’t go so well, because the girl refused to cook! This is a great illustration for a subject about selfishness or self-centered expectations. This illustration and many others can be found at Ministry 127.

#2 – Big Mac or the Ten Commandments?

Did you know that more Americans can recite the ingredients for a Big Mac than can remember all ten of the Commandments given in the Old Testament? This illustration from Sermon Central is funny but delivers its shock value in the same punch.

#3 – Length of a Sermon

How is a sermon like a woman’s skirt? It should be long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to keep you interested! This classic joke – and many other humorous stories and sermon illustrations are on Java Casa. Check out all the great jokes and stories.

#4 – GPS Sermon Illustrations

Do you use a GPS when you’re driving? What about using God’s Word like a GPS in life? This page on Stuff Christians Like has three great GPS-related humorous sermon illustrations.

#5 – Church Bulletin Bloopers

People can’t get enough church bulletin bloopers such as this one, “Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.” Why do we find these so funny? Probably because the church bulletin is the last place you’d think you might find humor. Check out these additional 44 church bulletin bloopers at Pastors.com.

Do you have a favorite joke or funny sermon illustration you’d like to share?