Been visiting

Churches, that is.  We are trying to find a good local church for our family to attend, and over the past several months, it has been quite the process.

We’ve visited Church A several times.  It has awesome Bible teaching, okay worship, and little to no emphasis on relationship.  The leader of the church seems to be more of an apostle than a pastor, and I don’t know how long he will be there.

We’ve been to Church B twice, but have marked it off our list of potentials.  It featured better worship, very friendly people, and good possibilities for the kids to connect with potential friends, but the pastor taught as scripture things that the scriptures simply didn’t say.  He read an awful lot into the the Bible, and he hollers when he preaches.  The former rubbed us all the wrong way, and the latter gave me a headache.  (I did take two Tylenol before going the second time and that did help somewhat, but the thought of having to take Tylenol before every church service is wearying.)

We’ve attended Church C twice, as well.  The congregation is much smaller, and the worship’s not as good, but there is a strong emphasis on relationship, and the pastor seems to genuinely have a pastor’s heart for the people.  The teaching has been insightful and scriptural, although she (yes, the pastor is a woman – not yet sure how to process that) didn’t actually read from the Bible quite as much as I would have liked.

Today we visited Church D for the first and final time.  It was just way too much for all of us.  In Church D’s defense (and my firm determination to say something good about any church), I will say that its sanctuary was bright and colorful.

I will also say that all the flags, banners, spinning dancers, be-ribboned silver tambourines, and extended worship were quite a bit over the top for me.  I’m just not used to ladies in long, hot pink, sequined vests twirling  flags and such for an hour and half.  The acoustic guitar was painfully loud, and the teaching/preaching was completely non-existent.  Anyone who is billed as “a great Bible teacher,” but who insists that Revelation 5:12 says God is worthy to receive the tithe, clearly does not read the same Bible I do!  The 2.75 hour service was also challenging to get through.

I think we’re going to go back and visit Church C again – maybe a few times in a row to get a better feel for it.  I would not describe church searches as recreational.


1 Response to “Been visiting”

  1. 1 LexisLogike September 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

    “That’s the wrong church!”

    “That’s the wrong church too!”

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