Friday, March 11, 2011

Preacher Marvin Kirkwood is bringing Jesus into nightclubs

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge Marvin Kirkwood wants to save your soul.
  • Marvin Kirkwood wants to save your soul.

On the Body Works Phase II nightclub's MySpace page, the club assures you that it wants to meet "All the Sexxy people of KC and out of towners who want to party and be entertained in a mature, sexy, classy, fun environment." That's a lot of sexiness for one place. Double-X sexiness. So you probably wouldn't think of it as a church.

But that's exactly what it's going to turn into this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as the pastor, Marvin Kirkwood, starts the city's first nightclub ministry.



Like a lot of the men working as activists today, Kirkwood describes himself as a troubled youth who spent a lot of time involved with drugs and guns. When he became a preacher, he wanted to reach the kids who, like him, don't spend a lot of time at Sunday Mass.

"Basically it came about because I thought church was often not where the people you want to reach are," Kirkwood tells The Pitch. "I want to reach out to places they don't regularly get this message."

Body Works Phase II is the first club to agree to let Kirkwood try his brand of ministry, though the space at 86th and Troost is most known for its club atmosphere and hip-hop shows. This Sunday's congregation will be one of the few in the metro that'll walk through a metal detector on the way in, or sit adjacent to a bar and dance floor. Co-owner Sean Crain says he wants to make the business more accessible to all different types of events, and if Kirkwood is successful this weekend, he hopes to make the church an ongoing event.

So if you're out this Saturday, and you think you might have had a particularly awesome night, don't go to bed yet. Just hit up a Waffle House, grab a cup of coffee and head back to the club, and you can make up for all the fun you just had. 


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