Bar Church

Bar Church was an idea I had after graduating from Bethel University in the spring of 2010. I had been studying Christian Ministry and hanging out at a local bar after a year of tumultuous life events. I realized that there were a lot of people sitting in the same bar who also have had some life changing events and stories of loss, grief and joy. Often I was asked what a guy studying Christian Ministry was doing spending so much time in a bar as if the two were in some way mutually exclusive. These articles and video tell some of the Bar Church story which went on and off for about two years. Although the physical manifestation of Bar Church at The Pub has ended the idea of Bar Church lives on and may have visible resurrections from time to time.

“A guy walks into a bar and starts a church. For some, that might sound like the set-up for a punch line. But for Chris Fletcher, there’s no joke.

He likes to relax and chat at Dunnigan’s Pub & Grub in Two Harbors. He also is finishing a degree in Christian ministry at Bethel University in Minneapolis through its adult studies program, which requires him to commute to class one day per week.”

“It’s an informal religious service in the local bar that’s attracting people who weren’t so comfortable in traditional churches.”

AP Photo/Julia Cheng

“It was a Sunday during Advent, and inside a small pub a few blocks up from the north shore of Lake Superior, 17 people gathered around four bar-top tables shoved into a ring.”

Here is a link to the Associated Press’s Video Story about Bar Church: