Much of the real business transacted in downtown Minneapolis happens high above the snow, the exhaust, the dirt, and the blaring horns. Fifteen feet above the clamor, dressed-for-success businessmen and -women move quietly between offices and past gleaming chrome and bright, neoned boutiques. Many consider Minneapolis’s skyways—glass-walled passenger bridges linking office buildings and stores—a marvel of urban design. Cafés, parklike benches, and ice-cream vendors give the enclosed walkways the atmosphere of an old-fashioned commons.
Lamar Hamilton also sees it as an ideal environment for ministry. “The skyway is the people’s turf,” says the 32-year-old Hamilton, founder of the Church Metro of Twin Cities. Two years ago, he had never set foot in the greater metropolitan area of Minneapolis—Saint Paul. “The minute I stepped into a skyway that first day, I knew God wanted me here.” He adds, “the skyway brings people together in a unique way. It’s ideal for reaching professionals downtown with the gospel.”
A Boardroom Ambiance
Church Metro is unusual for more than its location. Its leaders wear the stylish apparel of executives and managers rather than the white collars or vestments of the clergy. Its offices on the fifth floor of a recently constructed glass tower reflect boardroom ambiance, not stained-glass sanctity.
As the visionary force behind Church Metro, Hamilton first decided to bring God’s love to the skyways and conference rooms of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s marketplaces while still pastoring a church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. “The call I received from God in 1987 was completely unexpected. It made no logical sense. I didn’t ...1