Some churches across the U.S. are offering liquor—in addition to the Lord's wisdom—as an attempt to reach the youth.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Calvary Lutheran Church has launched Church-in-a-Pub, which features prayer leaders who hold communion and sing church hymns—all at a bar. "I'm interested in having people have significant relationships around Jesus," Phil Heinze told NPR's The Salt, explaining that "if it turns out to be craft beer, fine."
First Christian Church in Portland, Ore. holds "Beer & Hymns," which draws a crowd of about 100, but regulate it with a two-beer maximum policy. In New York City, Theology-on-Tap NYC drops the church setting in favor of a Connolly's Bar in Manhattan every Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m.
It's not the liquor alone that makes arrangements like this more youth-friendly, it's the laid-back atmosphere and notion that there's more than one way to receive His blessings. Plus, draft beer is better than sacramental wine.