Guest / Limited Access /

Michael Patton was just four years old when he first tried to teach theology—while playing on a swing set with a childhood chum. Patton asked the boy if he loved Jesus; the boy said no. When Patton replied, "Then you're going to hell," the boy quickly changed his mind and declared that yes, he did love Jesus after all.

Today, Patton's evangelistic methods are a bit more seasoned and savvy. As founder and president of Credo House Ministries, he has ample opportunity to reach both saints and seekers, primarily through that ubiquitous marketplace of ideas: the local coffeehouse. But not just any java joint. Patton has established what he hopes will be the first of many "theological coffee shops," beginning with the Credo House in Edmond, Oklahoma. The store, built in 2009, seats up to 55 customers and serves up plenty of good coffee, books, teaching, seminars, and lively discussion—much of it led by Patton and executive director Tim Kimberley. (Both have master's degrees in theology from Dallas Seminary.)

Patton calls Credo House a "belief-strengthening events hub" in which clients—ranging from college students to pastors to profs—will find "the walls dripping with theological meaning." He says it is a place "where people can learn, fellowship, study, and just hang out under the banner of truth and grace in Christ."

Question & Answer

What's the idea behind Credo House?

We didn't want to have to ask people to come to a church to have theological discussions; we wanted a more neutral environment, and coffee makes a good bridge for that. We didn't want it to be overtly Christian where you're going to run off the postmoderns and those who hate clichéd Christianity. We wanted a historical element, to put ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
March
More from this IssueMarch 2012
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedDear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?
Subscriber Access Only Dear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?
Inside a new experiment on evangelicals, mainline Protestants, and race.
TrendingWhat Having Millions of Followers Taught Me About Christian Dialogue
What Having Millions of Followers Taught Me About Christian Dialogue
Full House actress: Let’s stop attacking each other with Bible verses.
Editor's PickHow to Protect Endangered Religious Groups You Admire
How to Protect Endangered Religious Groups You Admire
When religious liberty and billions of dollars for the poor and oppressed are threatened.
Comments
Christianity Today
Michael Patton Brews a Potent Theology
hide thisMarch March

In the Magazine

March 2012

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.