Stogies for Jesus

  • Cigar SmokerGod is at work at City Place Cigar in Lynchburg, VA. Here’s a letter from Bob Miller, the proprietor:

    Dear Mr. Murrow,

    I’ve just finished reading “Why Men Hate Going To Church”.

    In my professional life, I’ve been an executive pastor, restaurateur, marketing and ministry (church planting) consultant and university professor.

    My wife and I have been married for over 30 years, we have four adult daughters, four amazing sons-in-law, and four highly intelligent and good-looking grandchildren.

    Being involved in a large Baptist church, I have always looked for ways to reach and impact men. My wife, Debi is a mentor to young moms and helps lead a large women’s Bible study.  We have had a number of discussions on why men aren’t involved in these types of studies.

    For a number of years, I have enjoyed the pleasure of cigars and pipes. Patronizing a local cigar shop, I found amazing opportunities to talk with men about business, family, marriage, faith and life.

    Once a man lights up a cigar, he blows out the cares of the day and opens up.

    Almost three years ago , I shocked my wife and started City Place Cigar.  Without shame, we are a Kingdom-based business.  

    We have a lounge setting with 3 HD TVs, WiFi, large leather chairs, and the best selection of cigars in our area.  We offer a comfortable setting for men, quality product and excellent customer service.  It’s a good business.

    The highlight of City Place is the impact we are having on men. Our employees are primarily guys in their early 20’s.  Each one has bought into the mission of our shop.  We are a team and a tribe.

    We have a Men’s Study each Wednesday night using material from “Authentic Manhood” with Robert Lewis. We currently have over 40 attending . . . Men having a cigar, discussing Godly principles, and encouraging each other.  Our study is also multi generational.  

    It is also common for customers to ask our employees to pray for them about something in their lives or the lives of family members.  Customers ask other customers to go with them to church.

    Our business has also provided a “spiritual touchstone” for cigar reps and vendors.  We’ve had reps come on Wednesday nights, just to hang out.

    We regularly have church planters stop by, enjoy a cigar and talk about ways to reach men. This is outside the box, but it is working.

    I want to thank you for your book and your commitment to the Kingdom. I would appreciate any thoughts or comments.

    For the Kingdom,

    Bob Miller

    Visit City Place Cigar’s Web site by clicking here.

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    December 5th, 2012 | David Murrow | 7 Comments |

About The Author

David Murrow

David Murrow is the director of Church for Men, an organization that helps congregations reach more men and boys. In his day job, David works as a television producer and writer. He's the author of four books. He lives in Alaska with his wife, three children, three grandchildren and a dachshund named Pepper.

  • Suzanne Johnson

    That is awesome!!

  • Michael Massie

    That’s excellent. Men need more places in our culture where they can fellowship with other men outside of the boundaries and expectations of the traditional church.

  • Richard Haines

    Christ is the head of the church body, and the rest of us (all
    of us) are just body parts. It takes so many different parts to make up the
    body. Many of the functions I can’t do, so I am grateful for those that can. Likewise
    there are many groups of people I cannot relate to. But then again, there are
    those I can relate to that others may not be able to.
    Good job Bob Miller! You are making a difference.

  • Tierce Green

    Holy Smokes! Way to go Bob! Thanks, Dave for solid principles in your book, “Why Men Hate Going to Church” and for posting stories like this.

  • David Murrow

    Thanks Tierce, good to see a comment from you here. You’re my hero.

  • Dave

    If Jesus is the head, doesn’t that mean he gets to smoke the cigar?

  • Tim Tryzbiak