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New Church Sets Up Shop in a Hotel

Sep 14, 2016
Garrett Giles / KBIA

Chapels, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques. These are all some typical places of worship. One new church group, however, is setting up shop in a hotel.

Although their location is not planned to be permanent, Anthem Church comes from a system of churches in Iowa that is establishing its residence at Stoney Creek Hotel in Columbia, off of Providence Rd.

 This is a process called church planting, which is where a church organization develops a team to start a new church somewhere else. For pastor Stan Hayek and company, they have traveled 277 miles in hopes that the roots of the gospel will run deep in their new home.

Evan Townsend/ / KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia FAVS

The band of LifeBridge Lutheran Church practices in the community room of an apartment complex each Sunday morning before service begins. Furniture is piled in the corner to their left, and gym equipment in the corner to the right. Though they don’t have their own building to worship in, it’s progress for LifeBridge – a year ago, the church didn’t even exist.