Jim-N-Caspar Central Ohio Style
Our lives are made of many chapters. Some are longer than others and some are celebrated where others leave us no desire to return for a review. My family has turned the page to a new chapter in our collective lives and it is with some unknown expectations that we take the next steps. The chapter that we are closing has been a welcome one. In it we experienced a lot of beauty with friends and family created in a church community and while we don’t close the chapter on those friends and family, we understand that the backdrop for this new chapter is different. And different is foreign.
I don’t know about you, but when I have visited foreign lands I have tried to look for what I can appreciate about that place. I want to soak in all the experiences so that I can detail them later to friends who are interested in those aspects of my life.
And, so, with this new chapter, I want to do something that brings part of that mentality to the process. I am going to ask my family to assist me with creating a blog series about the churches that we will be visiting in the coming weeks. This idea comes from a book titled, “Jim and Caspar go to church” in which the authors visit churches and examine the components that make up each experience. My wife, Heather, and my daughters, Lauren(17) and Brianna (12), will be asked questions about their experiences while we are about our visits. As for myself, I will create a matrix of questions to try to answer concerning each church, like:
- Worship Style
- Sermon style (exegetical vs topical; edification vs evangelistic and so on)
- Small group structure
- Activities centered on families with children
- Statement of faith
And so on. Now, I hope to remove a lot of chaff by visiting websites if the church has one and looking to see if their faith statements are in line with some key theological points before visiting. I will be giving this post series more thought as we approach our first visit this Sunday. Our plans at this time are to visit a Xenos fellowship that meets in the school building located behind our house.
If there are questions that you would like me to try to answer about any of the upcoming visits that we plan on making, please leave them here and I will do my best to include them in my matrix for evaluation.
Please understand that our chief concern is to find where the Holy Spirit would have us go. The blessings and gifts that God has been gracious to give our family are meant to edify His church and we are looking to follow His will in this process. To those friends that we now count as family among our previous church home, we still look forward to many fellowships in the future. You are forever a part of our lives… and who knows how God will lead?