Today’s Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal features a Grace Brethren church plant just off the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. Here is a short excerpt. To read the entire article, click on
The Rev. Jonathan Herron brought together 10 people last year to begin a start-from-scratch church that could mesh orthodox theology and unorthodox methods.
So far, they have been successful at Catalyst.
It’s the only church in the city with a bar, where coffee and bottled water are served on Sundays.
Its congregation worships in a 1920s theater, with a live band and digital video.
It doesn’t take up an offering. Instead, there is a joy box in the theater for donations.
The sermons are based on biblical scripture with the goal of developing historically informed Christians.
And everything that is done is geared toward pointing people to Christ. . .
. . . The nondenominational movement is affiliated with the Acts 29 Network and the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. The Brethren fellowship, based in Winona Lake, Ind., is a voluntary association of more than 260 churches in the United States and Canada. Acts 29, based in Seattle, Wash., helps start Gospel-centered, missional churches that then ”plant” other churches.