Church Retailing

TREND Houses of worship opening franchise restaurants and other businesses on church grounds

HOW IT STARTED Pastors were looking for ways of reaching out to congregants and luring in new ones

JUDGMENT CALL A burger and benediction--supersize it

In the steel-mill town of Munster, Ind., members of the Family Christian Center don't have to go very far to order a tall vanilla latte or a grande cafe mocha. The church has opened a Starbucks right in its lobby. The coffee bar, above, part of the church's Heavenly Grounds Cafe & Bookstore, doesn't sell much coffee--about 200 cups a week--but that's not...

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