Sunday, September 9, 2007

Three Churches in Three Weeks

We have been church scouting, church hopping, and church reviewing. We have been to three different churches and the only thing that they have in common are blended services. Not something we are used to. It really has made us contemplate what is important and which things we give a little on. First Baptist is one of a kind and is really hard to match. I actually have been missing it A LOT! I just don't know how we can have true community that far out, with two little ones, when you maybe see people once a week for maybe a brief conversation. One of the things that we love about HFBC is the people and that you feel "life" when you enter into the doors. What we have boiled it down to is that we need to pick a church based on the community and the life it exhibits. We think we have found that church, but maybe have to sing praise songs that are at least five years old. (I am hoping that it was just that one Sunday!) Pray for us as we revisit these churches and that the Lord will make it perfectly clear.

5 comments:

Nancy Mon said...

As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after thee...

There is a redemeer...

Oh Michelle, hang in there. You all will find the right church and the right fit. Maybe you and Jonathan are the ones to bring the "new" to those who have never heard.

Miss you!

Anonymous said...

I think that you should come back! We need a junior girl and Senior guy teacher. . . I'm just saying. . .

LMS

Janelle & Ella said...

I hope you will know for sure which church you should attend and that you will feel such joy and peace there.

Cari said...

Definitely choose a church based on the people and the life you feel there. Worship styles may change; preaching styles may even change, but if you feel loved and welcomed from the very beginning, it likley won't change. My experience at MRBC was exactly like that. I didn't love the music and I didn't even love the preaching when I first came, because it was different than what I was used to. What I found here that I loved were the people, because I believed from the beginning that they truly loved me, and I can tell you that none of that has changed. Finding a church is hard, but the Lord will lead you to exactly where you are supposed to be. Love you!

Matt said...

Practically speaking, ask for a copy of their budget and calendar. This is a pretty sure fire way to examine the heart of the church. Pay attention to their core values and mission. If it doesn't line up with yours, you will spend a lot of time dissatisfied with what goes on.