I thought we would be kicked out of the porn show where we launched the site the moment they found out who we really were. That did not happen. Seven years later we live in Sin City.
Hey! My name is Craig Gross. I started a ministry called XXXchurch 7 years ago exactly. I am writing this from my home now in Vegas. I thought we would be kicked out of the porn show where we launched the site the moment they found out who we really were. That did not happen. Seven years later we live in Sin City. Fifteen of us moved from all over the U.S. over the last few months to base our ministry here and begin a brand new adventure called The Strip Church.
Josh asked me to write on the site about this whole adventure. A lot of my friends are pastors in churches. Some have started their own churches and others work for established churches. When I tell people that I am a pastor and I run a church I am immediately told that what I am doing is not a real church.
Will The Strip Church be a real church? I would say yes according to Jesus’s standards but not according to today’s standards. It seems like to be a real church today you must:
1. Hold weekend or Sunday morning services
2. Engage in corporate Worship.
3. Hold midweek gathering in homes
4. Purchase or rent a building to hold your services in.
There are more than 4 things. As you get larger you add cool waterfalls, Starbucks coffee menus and Krispy Kreme donuts and a bunch of other things.
The Strip Church will not do any of these 4 things I listed. Not because they are bad. We just think there is a need for something new. Not even something new, something more. Well, occasionally we might sing. So 3.5. We plan to bring the church to Sin City. Not wait for people to come to us but serve the Strip and surrounding area.
Over the next few months, I will fill you in on this journey. From my time at a church planter’s assessment, to raising money and to casting the vision for this and our strategy and mission for our church.
The Strip church will have a ministry to the Las Vegas Strip, at the Las Vegas conventions, The Strip Clubs and the brothels.
A few weeks back, I took my first trip to a brothel ( a place where you legally can pay to have sex). That’s not why I went. My friend and I showed up there and said we want to bring the church to the brothel. I will tell you how we see that happening and show you how we do it. Tonight, I met a new friend who owns another brothel. I told her the same thing and she said bring it on. Can’t wait. I have some things in mind but if you could bring your church to a brothel what would you do there? You tell me….I have some ideas but would love to hear what you think of. You first…..