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A new hip-hop church promises to focus on young people

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In what looks like a bid to reach the youth, a North Carolina pastor has come up with an innovative idea: a hip hop church.

On Saturday night, Pastor Quinn Rodgers of Generation One declared the doors of his church in Huntersville, N.C., open to the public.

“We’re trying to reach the un-churched, the de-churched, the folks who have given up on church and are looking for something different,” Rodgers said.

Those that are used to hearing and singing to traditional hymns will have to be moved by a different tune as they will be invited to the works of a DJ scratching hip-hop beats. Needless to say, while the beat might be different, the message still remains the same.

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.”

Generation One aims to reach out to the young. A Pew Research study shows that in the US, people between the ages of 18 and 29 are considerably less religious than those in any other age group.

“18 to 40, we can’t get those people into church,” says Juanita Rann-Scott, “because the traditional stuff isn’t working anymore.”

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