Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Testing 1,2,3

Apparently, the new trend in starting churches is something akin to a "soft opening" of a store. They'll have a couple of worship services and gatherings - maybe once a month - until a grand opening.

The Simple Church is the newest one in town trying this format. It's being started by the Rev. Justin Haigler, who has been a minister at First Baptist Bossier for several years. Their philosophy is certainly a post-modern take on church: "the Simple Church exists for those who are tired of religion getting in the way of knowing who God is."

But they had one meeting June 10, and plan others for 9:30 a.m. July 15 and Aug. 12 at the movie theater at The Louisiana Boardwalk. Then they'll have the grand opening on Sept. 16 and meet on a regular basis after that. I guess the purpose is - like any business - to generate buzz and interest before actually welcoming the public in general. It's an interesting approach, and maybe it will work...

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