A new trend is surfacing among megachurches. Churches with more than 4,000 members are reaching out to their communities by offering them hospitality and a great cup of coffee.
According to a Leadership Network Survey, Megachurches draw almost 10% of weekly worshipers on a national level. And in today’s society, that means a large congregation of coffee drinkers. In Naperville alone there are at least six coffee houses based inside churches.
Christian Community Church’s Ground Level Cafe services their customers not only on Sunday but throughout the week.
Jennifer Moss, the Financial Director of Ground Level Cafe said, “You go to work, and you go home and those are your first and second places. But a third place is somewhere you can go and create community with other people and hang out and have people know who you are and know your name and recognize you.”
Not only will you find quality coffee and light fare similar to a Starbucks or Caribou at Ground Level Cafe, but you’ll also find a different way of contributing to the needs of others. Here at Good Shepherd Church, the cafe is run by a staff of volunteers. Their tag line is “Coffee for a Cause.” All profits go towards a local or global charity. Even the tip box goes to support a monthly charity of employee choice, currently a Honduras ministry.
Naperville Resident Neil Martin said, “It’s here because the church is here. All the proceeds go to benefit some of the different things that the church is doing both here and in the Naperville community and I mean how many more Starbucks can they build? How much more money can they make?”
But for those who do prefer Starbucks coffee, Calvary’s Atrium Cafe brews the famous brand onsite. And not only do they serve Starbucks coffee, but they are also entitled to the full menu.
Theresa McKee, Manager of Atrium Coffee Shop said, “It’s a contract, a food service contract. So we basically agree to purchase all their coffee products and use those in our coffee shop but we are in control of where the money goes.”
Unlike a commercial Starbucks, 100% of the Atrium Coffee Shop’s profit goes toward their charity, Calcutta Mercy Ministries to support medical care and service to India.
The cause behind the coffee may be only one reason to choose where to get your morning brew, but it’s also a great way to make a connection in the community. The church cafes welcome everyone to stop by for a cup of coffee.
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