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Gospel to go? Abilene church offers non-traditional service, mobile ministry

Published On: Feb 14 2014 07:56:20 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 08:49:28 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

You can get a lot of things "to go" these days - coffee, cash, food...the Gospel?

Traditionally, when you think about church, a brick and mortar, steeple-topped building with pews and stained glass might come to mind.

But more and more, church services are being held in non-traditional spaces, using non-traditional methods.

Radiant Life is one such church, launching services this Sunday at the Abilene Civic Center.

Every Sunday, everything inside the church goes up and then gets packed away until service next week.

"We'll actually set up on Sunday morning at 6:30," said Kevin Peters, pastor of Radiant Life. "We should be able to set up and be ready to do church by 8:30 that morning, so this will set up within an hour every, single week."

Radiant Life has partnered with a company called Church on Wheels that has shown them how to set it all up and take it all back down.

"You'll see a bunch of carts and different things that everything goes in and packs up nicely," Peters said. "We put it all in a trailer and we store it through the week and we set up here and have church."

The end product? A portable parish in Peters calls a "neutral location," that is open to anyone.

"This is a lot of work but we believe the mission that God has called us to and if one person comes to Christ then every, single thing that we do today is completely worth it," Peters said.

Here are the facts on the Radiant Life church services:

They launch this Sunday, Feb. 16.

They have two services - one is at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m.

They meet in the Abilene Civic Center.

They offer a non-denominational service, as well as a children's ministry.