Saturday, March 26, 2011
Church hunting is one of my least favorite things. I do realize there isn't a perfect church out there. I'm not looking for the perfect church. I'm looking for a church to call home. Unfortunately, today's church is just a mess to me. Like with the rest of our fast paced, fast food, microwave lives, we want our church to do the same. I say "we" when referring to society. I personally don't. That's the problem. Michael and I are pretty traditional. Young 30's who are traditional when it comes to churches is just unheard of. Everyone in our generation wants a coffee house church where they can feel comfortable, be ushered in and out in no time, and move on with their day to day lives with no further thought. I don't want a pastor who tip toes around issues like fragile eggshells as to not offend the people and keep the chairs crowded. I want someone who is willing to step on toes (if necessary) in a sermon--challenge and convict. Isn't that what it's about? Shouldn't we be growing and learning instead of occupying a pew for an hour on a Sunday morning? Maybe we need to re-read the Bible. Christianity isn't suppose to be easy, feel good, and easily compromised. That's why it's called "the straight and narrow".
There lies the problem. Do we go to a church that has people our age, but is lacking in so many other areas that we find important? Or do we go to a church that has the things we find important, but not very many people our age... because our age is at the coffee house church making themselves feel better.
Thankfully, we found a church that was a good compromise. We purposely set out to find an Assemblies of God church. It's not that I believe "my denomination is better than your denomination". It's that I grew up in the AG and I know what to expect. I know what they believe. There are people governing them, instead of just a group of people doing things their way. It has the programs for kids that I am familiar with. Things like church camp, youth convention and youth group are what I accredit for me being where I am today. I want my children to have the same thing. I want to know that when my kids go play at a church friend's house, their parents have the same views as me. (It's been my experience, even without kids, that at some non-denominational churches, views are WIDE and FAR apart).
We've visited this new church twice and really like it. It's a little bit further out than we had hoped, but I'm willing to drive for a good church. Last night the young adults got together for a fun little gathering. We went bowling, to dinner and out for frozen yogurt (which is literally on every corner here). Michael and I had a really good time. The people are our age. They were nice and friendly. We felt comfortable almost right away. It was nice to spend 4 hours on a Friday night with other people our age that shared our values and ideals. They get together about once a month for hang outs and such. They also have a life group that meets once a month. We probably won't be able to make all of them with Michael's work schedule, but we look forward to being part of a group and a church where we can get involved and be at home.