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New church only has one requirement: clothes

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 11:28 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 11:50 a.m. CDT
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The Least of Saints Ministry is located at 2900 First Ave. E. and services start at 6 p.m. Scott Greene, the founder of the church, said it provides a laid back atmosphere for worship.

Scott Greene might be the only ordained minister in town who has two pairs of handlebars: one on a motorcycle and the other on his face.

Scott is the founder of the Least of Saints Ministry, an open and non-denominational church that opened its doors over the summer. Scott said he got the idea to start Least of Saints after reading several books.

“This transformation into accepting Christ in my life started in about 2006, and I think he waited because he knew I’d be a work in progress,” Scott said.

The church has its services on Saturday nights from 6 p.m. until the last person leaves. Scott said the services were scheduled on Saturday nights to avoid competing with Sunday services. Scott himself attends St. Luke United Methodist Church

“It’s for people who won’t walk into a traditional church because this is completely different,” Scott said. “We all believe in Christ, but this is a real laid-back situation here.”

The services are held in what used to be a car dealership at 2900 First Ave. E. The church has a popcorn machine, foosball and pool table. There’s also no dress code for the services.

“If you got clothes on, you’re ready to come to church here,” Scott said.

Even though during services the parking lot holds a lot of motorcycles, Scott said he wouldn’t call Least of Saints a biker church. His goal was to target people who worship Christ privately and give them an avenue to worship in a group.

“Everybody’s welcome and, no, not everybody here has a motorcycle or is going to have a motorcycle,” Scott said.

When first starting Least of Saints, Scott was looking for a space for the congregation to meet. After praying one morning, later that day he was presented with four options but felt the old dealership suited their needs.

“I thought exposure- wise and parking lot size, it would be perfect,” Scott said.

Scott said the glass windows make the space hard to air-condition, but once fall comes into full swing, he believes that won’t be a problem.

Scott himself is an ordained minister and plans on taking online classes to further his knowledge of ministry. The other bikers Scott rides with call him Scooter, but now his nickname is changing to “The Rev.”

Even though Scott doesn’t have a formal education in theology, he said he’s self-taught and continues to teach himself and ask questions about faith.

“There’s many reasons why you should come,” Scott said. “If you have any inclination at all to ever join in worship but you have your reasons why you don’t go to traditional church, whatever your reason may be — hypocrisy, they’re into money, the list goes on and on —here it’s just a relaxed atmosphere. You can have all the tattoos and piercings you want. You just have to wear clothes.”

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