Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Church Visit - Non-Denominational

Since leaving the pastorate last year, we have been visiting various churches as we have opportunity and am, once again, blogging about our experiences. I did this one other time before getting involved in another church. 

This is a continuation of a series of blog posts I am doing on our experiences visiting churches of various denominational labels, sizes and different styles of services. It is not my intent to be critical, but rather to be real and honest in our experiences. We have established criteria we are looking for at all of the institutional churches we are visiting. I do not intend to mention the church specifically by name.

I have blogged in the past about Christians who have left and are leaving the institutional church in large numbers. They are leaving for their own spiritual welfare. Most still love God but have become disillusioned or fed up with the institutional church today. I believe this is a timely series. May it open our eyes and our hearts to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus.


~DENOMINATIONAL LABEL - According to their website this church has had a number of denominational affiliations over the years. 

*Contemporary XXX

~SIZE OF CHURCH - This church has three services. They have a Saturday evening service as well as two Sunday morning services.We attended the Saturday evening service. There appeared to be around 300 in attendance that evening. I do not know how the Sunday morning services are attended so I can only speak to the Saturday evening service. 

~FRIENDLINESS - We were greeted by a greeter and given a bulletin upon entering. Wasn't greeted by anyone else once inside the sanctuary.

~AVERAGE AGE OF CONGREGATION - Ages ran the spectrum. I would say the average age was in the 30's.



~MUSIC - Praise & Worship led by a worship team. They had a six piece band with three people singing. They did a good job.

~BALANCE OF MUSIC VS WORD - 30 minutes of music including worship and offering. Pastor preached just over 30 minutes

~TECHNOLOGY UTILIZED - They utilized PowerPoint. You also have the option for online giving.

ALTAR CALL/INVITATION - Pastor prayed pausing for a time of silent prayer then he concluded with prayer.

~ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS OFFERED - Sunday School, nursery, Bible studies, classes, life groups, sports, youth services (Kids & Students). They are very involved in the community. They make meals twice a month for the homeless at Contact Ministries and at the Bread line. Other programs they offer are Single Mom's group andRooted (to get rooted in the church). They appear to be involved in a good deal of mission type work.


~PREACHING STYLE - Pastor's preaching style was conversational. He had a good and relevant message. It was very timely. I found it challenged me, personally.

~USE OF SCRIPTURE - It was an expository sermon. Used one passage of Scripture. They provided a sermon handout with Scripture and key points of the message.

~RELEVANT MESSAGE - It was a relevant message for our daily journey as we enter the new year.

~LENGTH OF SERVICE - 1 hour 15 minutes

~OBSERVATIONS/COMMENTS - This was a good sized church. People actively sang and worshiped. Overall this was a good experience at what appears to be a good church. 

I think offering a Saturday evening service is a great option for a church. 

We will most likely return for a follow up visit at some point, perhaps on a Sunday. 

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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