CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Church of God members don't have a permanent place of worship and they never want one.
No building means no rent, utility bills, or upkeep costs, which allows them to serve the community even more, said Pastor Tom Wise.
The church donates more than one-third of its weekly offering to local needy organizations such as the Charleston's West Side Food Pantry, Manna Meal and the Sojourner's women's shelter.
The church got its start in October 2011. The parishioners outgrew their first location but they now meet at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
"We give up a few of the comforts of having a building we can always go to but we don't want to spend money on building and maintaining [a church]," Wise said. "We want to increase our offerings every year but if we ever tried to buy a building it would ensure we couldn't do that."
Charleston Church of God has a new, entertaining way to raise money. The group will host its first "Stories and Songs" concert on Friday.
"Stories and Songs" mimics VH1's show "Storytellers," where the artist sings and performs songs but also shares intimate stories between the music, creating a connection with the audience, Wise said.
"It's like a coffee shop-type feel. It's relaxing, not a huge production concert with lights and lasers," Wise said. Charlie Hall, a Dove award winner, singer and songwriter, will perform at the church's first concert.