California Church Plans to Build Brewery, Hold Church Services While Serving Beer

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.

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.”

The space has always been a temporary site, a tasting ground of sorts for a grand plan.

“I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if a church could figure out a way to make a product where they split the profits with local community service organizations, we were like ‘hey, we love beer, we love making beer, why not do a brewery?'” said VanHall.

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SOURCE: Ian Cull
NBC Bay Area