Brandon Sutton is hoping to remove the stumbling blocks that might prevent non-churchgoing residents from giving his new church a chance.

The pastor at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church and about 30 members of his congregation are opening a new church in Shelbyville with a service at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1408 S. Miller Ave. The building, located next to Shelby County Players Offstage, is not a conventional church.