Found this on another site and thought I would share it. This is from the Mongtomery Advertiser .
The Rev. Rick Mason has a mission to reach those who have given up on church to show them what they’re missing. But he knows that those are the hardest people to lure.
That’s why Mason, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Prattville, has decided not to try to bring the unchurched to church — he’s bringing the church to them.
Or at least, he’s bringing it to where they hang out.
On Tuesday, Mason is starting a new program called Theology on Tap, scheduled for the first, third, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month, where people can gather to talk about scripture and faith issues.
And this new program will be — where else? — in a bar.
“I wanted a way to reach out to the unchurched, or as I like to call them, dechurched,” Mason said. “It’s for those with questions who don’t feel comfortable enough asking in a church atmosphere.”
Mason said he got the idea from something he learned while teaching evangel classes in South Carolina.
“Someone once told me that there’s nothing in the Bible that says build a building, put my name on it and wait for the people to come,” he said. “We need to be going out and meeting people in a place that they’d feel comfortable.”
On Tuesday, that place will be the Pratt Pub in Prattville next to Bama Lanes. Mason said the Pratt Pub is the kind of place “Jesus would have hung out in to find people.”
Mason knows a lot about those people — he was one of them.
Mason spent 20 years out of the church — a time that he says was God’s way of preparing him for this mission.
“I still have some issues with organized religion and I know how hard it is to go back,” he said. “I think this is easier — neutral ground.”
Some of Mason’s issues will be discussed in the first Theology on Tap on Tuesday, when the subject will be “The Seven Great Lies of Organized Religion.” Mason says the discussion will deal with some of the things the church says and does that puts people off.
Mason said this week would mainly to see who comes and what they want to talk about.
“I don’t want to hit anyone over the head with a Bible. I want it to be comfortable,” he said. “I’m not going in with any preconceived notions of who is going to be there or what questions they’re going to ask.”
I thought this was interesting…what do you think?