Let me preface this by saying we love our church. We’ve been attending for at least three years, and really enjoy the strong Biblical teaching and outreach at that church. It’s an amazing church and I don’t think it’s wrong to say I’m incredibly proud and honored to have been attending and being a part of their mission for the past three years.
I’m ready to attend church in a regular building again. You see, in New Jersey our church met first in a movie theater, and then at a local Boys & Girls Club. This required us to set up and tear down our equipment each and every week for YEARS. When we moved to SC in 2006 we visited a few regular churches (meaning they owned their own buildings) and never felt like we fit in. Then we found our current church, which meets in a movie theater, and we knew we found our church home. We dove in, volunteering on various committees. During the past three years I’ve been in the band, on the sound team, on the video team, and part of child care. Denis has done child care as well as participating on the set up/break down team.
Last month I brought my participation to a close. While I enjoy the church (and love the things our pastor teaches), I wasn’t enjoying the volunteering 2-3x a month. Also, our small group recently disbanded and I felt kind of like I was just floating through church on Sundays. I wasn’t enjoying it like I should, despite the fantastic teaching and people.
The past two weeks we visited another church and have decided not to go back. The teaching is fine (coincidentally, the pastor is a guy I was sort-of friends with in college), but I have a couple issues, most important of which being that other than one couple (that we already knew before we even visited), no one from the church presented themselves to us. Absolutely no one. There just seems to be no outreach to visitors. The pastor is completely MIA except for when he’s on stage preaching. During our two Sundays I never saw him out in the crowd. Granted, we attended the second service of three this church offers, but I still think it’s important for the pastor to make himself available other than being on stage.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading to our old church, and who knows, maybe upon walking in I’ll realize that I don’t want to go anywhere – after all, for the most part the church satisfies my needs.