Pastor Chuckk Gerwig posited the question: “How do you create something for people who wouldn’t normally go to church?”
His solution: Host church at a nightclub.
Over the years, Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton has been numerous things — including bar, restaurant, dance hall, nightclub, concert venue, real estate office.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, it can officially add “church” to that list when Elevation — a nondenominational Christian church — will host its first Sunday morning service at the venerable downtown Felton establishment.
According to Gerwig who serves as Elevation’s lead pastor, the church is designed to present an interactive and artistic approach to ministry that utilizes multimedia and live rock music to present Christianity in a welcoming, casual, and comfortable setting.
“It’s a comfortable spot in the community to explore faith,” Gerwig said. “Not everyone wants to go into a church building, but who doesn’t want to go into a nightclub?”
He said that the church, which he began in 2009, has seen much success hosting evening services at Christian Life Center.
The program, Gerwig said, was so successful that “we figured ‘Hey, we’ve got energy — let’s do it twice a day.’”
The church’s style of teaching is an application style, he said, with the sermons and programs providing food for thought.
The decision as to whether or not the lessons are applicable is left to the individual — many of whom are skeptics, Gerwig said.
“We recognize that different people are in different places,” he said. “It’s church for people who are unconvinced — we can’t make you anything you don’t want to be.”
Music is a big part of Elevation’s services, Gerwig said, as each sermon features music led by Jeremy Unruh and the E-band.
“We try to make a little more time for worship music than the average church,” Gerwig said, adding that the goal was to make the sermons interesting, engaging, and fun. “Less lecture and a little more using the arts and using interactivity.”
Elevation has also secured weekly space at the Felton Satellite Telework Center, located adjacent to Don Quixote’s, where youth programs will be held during the regular church services.
For more information, visit http://elevationsc.org
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