Micah Bucey, a community minister at Judson Memorial Church, posted a piece in the New York Times City Room blog this week about his church and why it is growing.
He gives three reasons: They embrace artists and don’t censor them, they are actively committed to LGBTQ folk, and they welcome questions.
While I don’t regularly attend Judson, it is the church where I am getting married and I do attend occasionally. I was there on Sunday and heard NPR reporter Margot Adler preach about vampires and addiction (it was great) and heard the cast of a show that’s running in Judson’s performance space perform two pieces from their show, Buyioo, which is written entirely in a made up language (it was fantastic). On other Sundays they’ve dance troops and drag queens performing Broadway tunes.
It’s a bit unpredictable, but it’s also a warm and inviting church and possibly a model for growth. Check out Micah’s piece and let me know what you think.