Church Plans to Build Brewery, Host Services Inside

VanHall said everyone drinks responsibly, having a glass of wine or beer in a comfortable atmosphere where “people cannot only listen to a progressive take on theology but can also engage in conversation.”

(Ian Cull – NBC) Would you drink at church?

The Greater Purpose Community Church has held services for five years in Santa Cruz, but a new and interesting concept has gained them new followers.

“We decided to sell the building, because for us a church is a community and a movement,” said Pastor Chris VanHall. “It’s not brick and mortar.”

Sure enough, the church looked for a new place and landed at a food lounge. A community space, with plenty of beer taps.

“There’s nothing in the bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” VanHall said.

Every Sunday, the parishoners join to pray, listen and drink beer.

“Why not serve beer when they’re reading bible verses? I thought it was genius,” said food lounge owner Andrea Mollenauer. View article →


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