- The spirit of God is alive and well at these churches. There was definitely a sense of family. Although, as a visitor, I felt like an outsider at each one.
- 2 churches had great info on their website for newcomers and visitors. 1 did not.
- I'm reminded that, while worship isn't about me, I definitely have a preference. Is that wrong?
- I was used to being entertained in worship. I realize that worship is a verb and I need to start participating
- security for kids is a must-1 church had adequate security, 1 church was questionable, 1 church hasn't heard of the word before...don't expect me to leave my baby with you if you don't have a system in place.
- it's hard to create a sense of flow in a liturgical service. I had a hard time with this when I was in charge of planning worship services. I was reminded of that today.
- I HATE the awkward "turn to those around you and say hello" time. Yes, I used all caps. And I meant to.
- One church specifically asked the congregation to ask the people around them if they were new. No one asked us.
- 2 churches had ladies standing behind the "visitor center" who had no clue what was going on or how to help visitors with kids. Note-if you volunteer at church, make sure you know what's going on, or don't volunteer
- the word "contemporary" has many different meanings
- Please don't sing to a tract if you have someone who can play for you. Ever. I didn't even know they made accompaniment tracts anymore.
- It's pointless having people on stage singing into a mic when no one in the congregation can hear them. This happened in all 3 churches.
- I could get used to Saturday evening worship. Then, spend Sunday morning at home for family worship and use that day to rest. Most of our Sunday mornings are spent arguing with the girls over what's "appropriate" to wear to church and complaining b/c we're running late. Kind of defeats the purpose of Sabbath, huh?
- Finding a church home shouldn't be hard. Maybe that's why there are so many non-churched people in Wichita.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We've visited 3 different churches in the last 3 weeks. 1 Non-denominational, 1 Methodist, and 1 Evangelical Free, all claiming to have 700+ in attendance. Here are my thoughts so far-Warning. These aren't meant to be critical or negative, just what I was thinking at the time...