As a Jew who has watched Sister Act
countless times, I like to imagine that most church sermons are filled with talented nuns, choreographed dances, and catchy, upbeat hymns. On Saturday night, GeneratiONE Church
in Huntersville, North Carolina proved that my ideal is not necessarily that far fetched.
Self-described as a "new way to do church," GeneratiONE blends the sounds of hip-hop beats with the words of Christian doctrines. In an interview with WBTV
, Pastor Quinn Rodgers said, "We've taken the hip hop culture and we've extracted all the negative connotations out of it and we've deposited solid Christian doctrine in there." This change was made with the hopes of attracting a younger crowd to Christianity and church communities, as Pew Research shows that current 18-29-year-olds are significantly less connected to religion than those of previous generations.
As pews are replaced with dance floors, and organs are exchanged for soundboards, the music-loving Jew in me can only hope that more churches (and temples) are ready for a Nu Thang too.