Churches should invite members of all types and encourage them to be active participants during services, said a pastor who may open a new church in Austin.

Andrew Fox, a pastor at the San Antonio Christian Family Church, held a forum Friday evening to gauge how students at UT view faith, religion and cultural issues. Fox said he envisions opening a church in downtown Austin that allows attendees to ask questions and participate more during sermons.

The forum focused on seven culturally important issues: family, education, arts and entertainment, media, government, religion and business. Fox tied each issue to how it could be applied to church and how the issue could be used to change the structure of church.

“Faith is important in every aspect of life, so we have to examine its impact on every part of our life,” Fox said.

Fox said he believes the approach in modern day churches does not properly educate their attendees about the word of the Bible.

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