MALIBU, Calif. – The past decade saw a spike in the popularity of “tiny homes,” the hip and inexplicably costly trend of cramming a family into a few hundred square feet of luxury. Malibu Pastor Bart Keeler believes that it’s time for the church to embrace the movement in order to stay relevant.
“Growing up Catholic, the whole confessional booth motif really stuck with me,” commented Keeler, sipping his free-trade chai tea and adjusting the scrunchie on his man-bun, “So I thought, ‘what if my entire church could literally fit inside a confessional booth?’ That’s when I had the idea for ‘Mustard Seed Fellowship: A Tiny House of God.’”
The church plant found its home in a salvaged dumpster on Ocean Drive and has been operating for nearly a month.
“We really believe in going out into the world and not limiting God’s blessings to these four walls, mostly because it’s pretty cramped inside them,” shared parishioner Bob Engelhart, the small groups leader.
Though church attendance has been low, the Yelp reviews of the church’s gourmet coffee shop, “He-Brews” are overwhelmingly positive.
“Sure, the brewing equipment eats up most of the space, but we all know what Jesus said about ‘where two or more are gathered,’” Keeler said, “It’s just a shame that we can’t fit two people in here.”