Church in Phoenix, Arizona Reaches Millennials Through Local Cineplex

CityView Church’s volunteers gather for prayer at a Phoenix cineplex prior to their Sunday morning worship. Submitted photo

A church plant that meets in one of the theaters in a cineplex may not be big news.

Except when a church plant impacts so many millennials that it never plans to leave.

Jeremiah Semmler and CityView Church in Phoenix have seen more than 350 people land in their theater seats and connect with the church family. Instead of watching a new release, many soon meet Jesus and become released to a new life in Christ.

“Every Sunday in the theater, more than likely there is somebody that does not know Jesus,” Semmler said. “We do not ever plan to leave the theater.”

Semmler is an Arizona native planting a church near the neighborhood where he grew up. He served for many years as a student pastor before becoming a church planter, launching CityView in September 2015.

Nsikan (pronounced n-say-ken) is one example of a millennial who has connected with Christ at CityView.

Nsikan came to the AMC movie complex to see a movie. One of CityView’s greeters went over to welcome him and his friend and invited them to church.

Semmler encouraged the two friends after worship, “If you like it here come back next week.”

Nsikan returned and first connected with CityView member Sandy and then Carol and Tim. Soon at a Panda Express, Carol shared the Gospel with Nsikan and he gladly received Christ.

“I would like to get baptized,” the new brother said.

Nsikan now is one of many who has made the move from being a sit-down acquaintance to a stand-up follower of Jesus.

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Source: Baptist Press