The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Holy hip-hop

Saturday night gathering captures teen talent, emotions

Every other Saturday night, St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ga., follows a successful recipe for evangelizing young people: Play the music they already listen to and add the "good news."

While many churches struggle to attract young people to worship, St. Stephen's leaders jumped (literally) into holy hip-hop about three years ago. In an area of metro Atlanta that has long been multicultural and now is predominantly African American, St. Stephen departed from traditional outreach methods with ease, says church council member Andre Joseph.

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