"Don't read this the wrong way," said Minister Ryan Tucker before the start of Sunday's Theology on Tap gathering at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company. "There's nothing wrong with church. I just sensed that there was more room at the table for people who aren't into the conventional, traditional church."The article describes the reasoning behind meeting at a bar:
The decision to hold church services at the brewery was not made to attract a beer-drinking crowd or to repel Christians with a strict churchgoing background.How much of this has to do with the fact that drinking a brew can be a meditative practice? Seriously though, expanding the definition of sacred space beyond beyond our traditional understandings (i.e., church and worship buildings) is a good thing, and, to head off any possible objections, drinking beer during spiritual practice should not be viewed as overly problematic; Jesus oftentimes taught over a meal and wine.
"We want to be there for people who wouldn't ordinarily come to church - for whatever their reason," Tucker said.
From the start, Tucker and Hall decided they wanted worshipers at The Well to meet in common or public spaces. They believe that by not having a building more resources can be returned to the community.
"For the old model of church, a building was certainly needed, but our culture is shifting, so it's not as necessary anymore," Tucker said.