You’ve probably heard of the porn ministry XXXChurch, but have you heard of the stripper ministry JC’s Girls Girls Girls? Started by a former stripper and supported by Sandals Church in Riverside, Calif., the ministry attends porn conventions and reaches out to workers in the adult entertainment industry, much like XXXChurch, but these girls have been there before.
The news media is starting to pay attention (they just love a good church sex story, don’t they?), though some of the coverage is a little more incendiary than it needs to be, like the title of the AP story: Minister Buys Lap Dances To Tell Strippers About God.
And the lap dances? Former stripper Heather Veitch pays for them so she can talk to strippers about God. It sounds awful when you say a ‘minister’ is buying them, but I think it makes a little more sense in context.
Much of their web site is targeted for people in the industry, so there’s soft-focus and glamour shot pictures, an alluring shot of a woman hugging a Bible (!?), and a JC’s Girls Girls Girls In Action! DVD–not exactly church web site material, but certainly more tame than the underwear page in a Sears sales flier.
Say what you want about their site, their approach to ministry is cool, especially encouraging people in the industry to come to church as they are, still involved in the industry and trying to sort things out. That’s how church should be, though so often it’s not. (link via Joel Frederick)