Pastor of New Method Church uses hip-hop to attract youth
Congregation slowly growing overtime
Pastor Marcus McIntyre of New Method Church says he uses hip-hop music during weekly service to attract a younger generation he feels is falling away from the church.
If you walk into New Method Church's Sunday evening service, you might think you're walking into a small hip-hop concert. That's perfectly fine with McIntyre.
"I thought that nobody would like it, but I knew that God placed it in me to do it," said McIntyre. "There's a hip-hop generation out there and the only way to reach them is with hip-hop. They don't know Mahalia Jackson, they don't know Reverend Cleveland, but they do know hip-hop and that's how we reach them."
"The hip-hop actually makes people feel more comfortable and allows them to relate to what is being sung," said Nicole McIntyre, who plays the organ during the 6:30 pm Sunday service.
McIntyre has held bi-monthly services for a few years out of Good New Missionary Baptist Church, where his father is the pastor.
Late last year, the two began their weekly service and saw the congregation grow from six to sixty over a few months.
The crowd is a diverse group ranging from toddlers to 64-year-old Martha Delany, who said she hadn't been to a church in over 40 years.
"All they wanted to do was pass the plate and get your money," said Delaney, referring to other churches she had visited. "Here I feel comfortable. I feel the Lord. The other churches, I didn't."
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