ALPENA, MICH — A local pastor is doing something unconventional to get members of the community connected.
Nerf wars took over Living Hope Church this weekend to keep kids and families in the community active and involved. Pastor Lee Blanchard says he’s looking to break some of the inaccurate assumptions about religion with this annual event.
“Our goal is not necessarily to get involved in religion, our goal is to help to help people get connected because really when you think about it, that’s what the gospel is about is connection. And that’s what Jesus came to do is connect people to God, and we think that God can use any kind of event and that’s why we like nerf wars is because its something that’s out of the box, it’s something that’s fun, it’s unconventional, and it helps people understand that the church is fun, God has fun, and Jesus…he moves through his people just to have a great time in Him. ”
Blanchard says he aims to keep finding ways to make people comfortable stepping into a place a place of worship, even if it takes out of the box experiences like this one.