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Church Hunt Week 5

This past Sunday we decided to visit a church that we had been invited to by one of the pastors that attend it.  The church is located about 30 minutes away from where we live so we decided to take in the later service that they provide on Sunday morning.

When we arrived at the church, we were surprised that they had parking attendants and police helping with the traffic that was entering the parking lot.  We soon discovered the reason for this need.  We were unable to find a parking spot and were finally told by a parking attendant that we could park at a school (which we had no idea the location) and come over on a shuttle.  Having a daughter in a wheelchair presents some issues with this thought because we had no idea of whether the shuttle could accommodate her wheel chair.  That would mean that we would have to unload her at the church grounds, find parking elsewhere and shuttle in, and reunite as a family in order to go to service.  Then this process would have to be repeated following service among a mass of humanity wishing to exit.

We decided that this was probably not what we were looking for and chose to spend the morning enjoying the ‘warm’ weather that had arrived in Ohio.

I can’t really say anything about the church because we were unable to attend.  Based on our limited experience, we did decide as a family that this was not where we were supposed to go.  Here are the reasons:

  • The church was too far away to be considered part of our community.
  • While we hold no opinion on the effective nature of a church based on its size, we do hold strong questions about the necessity of a church to grow beyond its own community without considering alternate locations so that people can ‘do’ church in their respective communities.
  • It would be too easy to be anonymous in a church of this size.  That is more of a reflection on us than it is the demographic of the church so please don’t take that as a mark against this church.

I wish we could have had the opportunity to take in the whole experience in order to comment further but it doesn’t appear that was in God’s plan at this point.

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  1. March 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

    No doubt in my mind you have answered this for yourself already. I simply cannot imagine a church that has not made an accommodation for a situation like yours with the need for a wheelchair. that would have been my first turn off. Glad you are still looking with an open mind.

  2. March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    My sis-in-law used to play piano for Benny Hinn’s church MANY years ago. Back then, she knew about 20 people out of the several thousand who attended.

    Now she and her husband have their own church with an attendance of about 100+. She knows about 70 of them. You sometimes can build more community with less people.

    (Though I have NOTHING against big churches!)

  3. April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Wow, I thought you were in Georgia. This sounds EXACTLY like the church we had attended for 8 years or so. We have recently moved to a smaller church mainly because it was close to home and my son wanted to go there with a friend. I spent at least five years working as a “greeter” type person there almost every sunday. I left and now one knew. I am sooo thankful that they are reaching a ton of folks there…just does make me wonder if it is an amusement park or a time of worship…God Bless them and their impact. I can relate to your search.

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