Church groups have long used coffee, tea, cakes and the occasional stale donut as a way to bring together worshippers to talk about faith. Now, some churches are trying to attract new members through craft beer.
Zio Carlo brewpub in Fort Worth, Texas is home to Church-in-a-Pub, where members of the Calvary Lutheran Church meet and drink good beer.
One of the church members, Leah Stanfield, 28, said she has been going to Church-in-a-Pub for a year now. Leah said she finds love, support, friends that love God and the non-judgmental eyes when she comes to church.Some Sunday night drinkers are a bit taken aback to find a church service in their local bar. After telling it’s a church service, some of them stick around for trivia, some of them take off and never comes back, some of them do hang out and have another pint or two.
Philip Heinze, the Pastor of the Church says he’s got no problem using beer to help with his missionary work or to help boost the declining number of church members. And he’s not interested in making more church members but for people to have a significant relationship around Jesus. And if it turns out to be craft beer, fine.This group isn’t alone. Once a month, the old First Christian Church in Portland, Ore. opens its parish hall for Beer & Hymns.
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