The Christian Church is shedding its image as a corporate entity and moving towards a less conventional feel according to one local author.
Jerry Hendrix owns Monks coffee on Cypress Street. But this coffee shop lives a double life.
This coffee shop turns into a church every Sunday morning.
And Jerry Hendrix turns into Pastor Hendrix.
There are many church like this one popping up all around town.
One "church" meets at the old leaf cigar store.
Another meets at a bar on China street.
All of these churches are moving away from tradition…but why?
Many people gathering in said they know most of the people who attend, it's not a room full of strangers.
Stephen Holt recently wrote a book that talks about the changes in the church.
He said it's the close net community people are after.
Holt says according to scripture any time two believers gather in Jesus' name it becomes church and that's what the new church is moving towards.
While the new church is moving away from tradition Holt said conventional churches do have a role to play in this movement.
Stephen Holt also told us some numbers he got while researching his book. He said only 4 percent of 18 to 30 year old in America affiliate with a church.