The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Spirit Garage

Innovative ministry brings the gospel to a new generation

Worshipers gather at Comedy Sportz, a club in the hip Uptown district of Minneapolis. They arrive Sunday mornings wearing jeans, baseball hats, flannel shirts, leather jackets — whatever. No hymnals here — a band plays sacred music in rock and blues. The pastor, dressed in street clothes, delivers her message in a conversational style and presides over weekly eucharist on a makeshift altar on stage.

Welcome to Spirit Garage, an 8-month-old Lutheran congregation whose decidedly unconventional approach brings the gospel of Jesus Christ to a new generation (www.
webinsite.com/spirit/). Although generally geared toward "Generation X," Spirit Garage attracts many others.

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