(UMNS) Some nights, they stand outside bars with free hamburgers and soft drinks.
At other times, they can be found changing the oil on cars or having neighborhood block parties.
They are members of The Remedy, a church that stresses community service projects and often uses unconventional means to reach out to those ages 18 to 35.
“We’ve kind of adopted a 1950s, 1960s culture in the churches,” says the Rev. Jeremy LaDuke, pastor of The Remedy. “And we now have a generation that is totally removed from that.”
The Remedy is an offshoot of Maryville’s Fairview United Methodist Church, where LaDuke is an associate pastor. The Remedy began meeting last year in a renovated downtown movie theater and recently moved to a community center in Alcoa to be closer to a blue-collar factory neighborhood.