Michael Walters was 16 years old the first time he saw “The Judgment Seat,” an annual event at Shiloh Church. It was years ago, but he still remembers the scene of Heaven and how it touched his life as well as the lives of others who went that year. At the time, he had a passing thought: It would be so cool to be able to work in “The Judgment Seat.”
Fast forward to 2016, and Michael is the associate pastor at Shiloh Church. He has been overseeing “The Judgment Seat” dramatizations for the past nine years, leading the event into its 25th anniversary.
The first time Michael saw the production happened to be the first time the church ever hosted the event. Since then, “The Judgment Seat” has seen more than 45,000 visitors in the following 24 years.
It’s a labor of love—more than 160 church members work together to put on the dramatization—with a pretty high success rate. Michael reports four people working in this year’s production were saved after they attended “The Judgment Seat” in previous years. In 2015 alone, 46 guests were saved after seeing the dramatization.
“It is a thrill to see around 2,000 people come together each year to watch this production in awe as people make decisions to be saved, be moved to repentance, rededicate their lives or simply spend time in worship during this production,” Michael said.
What To Expect
October is the time for ghosts and ghouls, but this isn’t that kind of event. “The Judgment Seat” is a stage production focusing on sin in the church and living for Jesus. “The Judgment Seat” cast will act out different scenarios—things we deal with on a daily basis—and show attendees the eternal impact of faith decisions.
We don’t want to spoil anything by telling you any more about the production. Just trust us; you won’t want to miss it!
Due to the complex nature of the play, production leaders recommend no one younger than 10 attend “The Judgment Seat.” If you do bring your children, they strongly suggest one adult watch the kids while the other participates and then switch for the second showing.
“The Judgment Seat” will run from October 24 to 27 with two shows each night at 6:15 and 8 p.m.
Admission is free, and no reservations are required. However, for groups of 10 or more you can fill out this reservation form to get your seats. The registration office will open one hour before each show.
If you are pressed for time, you can get VIP tickets for $5. VIP tickets allow you to skip the registration line and ensure better seats.
Click here to get your VIP tickets.
Shiloh Church is located at 3941 Highway 36 East in Somerville, about 1/4 mile west of the intersection of Highway 36 and 67 in Morgan County. For additional information you can visit the website or contact Michael Walters directly at 256-286-0509 or e-mail at [email protected]