Hold the Whiskey! Church Holds Service in Bar

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One Monday night a month, NorthStar Church holds a service called "Church at the Joe" inside the Cotton Eyed Joe nightclub in Knoxville, Tenn.

There's no whiskey served there -- at least not when the band plays songs of worship and NorthStar Pastor Scott Cagle preaches about God.

Cagle believes holding church at the nightclub is something Jesus would do.

"Our real goal was to reach people who were un-churched or de-churched," he explained. "What I mean by that is there's a lot of people who have gone to church in their life and maybe got hurt or wounded or discouraged or disappointed about the church."

A crowd of about 600 people turned out for the first service -- many of whom never attended Cagle's church.

The idea of Church at the Joe originated with NorthStar Church member Donny Cohen.

"I was coming back in from a trip one night and I drove past the Cotton Eyed Joe sign, and God just really placed on my heart that we still weren't reaching the multitudes of people that loved country music," Cohen recalled.

"It became a real intense desire to do this," he said.

"Somebody asked me that earlier," he added. "They're like, 'Are these a lot of NorthStar people?' I said, 'I see a few people I recognize but the majority of the people I've never seen before.'"

Sheri Hampton decided to bring her 9-year-old daughter to the unconventional church.

"I was very impressed with the pastor, the way he spoke, the environment, the people. I just think it was fun," she said.

Cagle hopes to eventually hold services in the bar every Monday night.

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