- Pub Church
A Pub Church is a
Christian Churchwhich meets in a public houseor similar establishment. Their purpose is to exist as authentic Christian communities but without the external trappings of more traditional churches in order to be as accessible as possible to non-churched people.
In the UK examples can be found in [http://eaglesnestchurch.co.uk/Pub.aspx Eagles Nest Church Nottingham] [http://www.christchurchbrighton.org Brighton] , [http://www.churchonthecorner.org.uk London] and [http://sojourner.typepad.com/house_church_blog/2004/02/church_in_a_pub.html, Cardiff] . In the United States, Jack Sims and
Richard Rossistarted churches in bars under the name "Matthew's Party". Matthew's Party received widespread media attention in the 1980s from various sources including CNN, " USA Today", the " LA Times", and the " Seattle Post Intelligencer". Currently, a community of believers in Fishers, Indiana are meeting at The Pub at Pinheads under the ministry name of Leavener [http://www.leavener.com] .
"If 'church' is what happens when people encounter the Risen Jesus and commit themselves to sustaining and deepening that encounter in their encounter with each other, there is plenty of theological room for diversity of rhythm and style, so long as we have ways of indentifying the same living Christ at the heart of every expression of Christian life in common." Archbishop
* [http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/house-and-home/property/pub-closures-the-spirit-of-change-862640.html The Independent article on pub churches]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2005/10/19/church_in_the_pub_feature.shtml BBC article on pub churches]
* [http://www.leavener.com Leavener in Fishers, IN]
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