Thoughts on Church
I’ve been in Dallas for about two and a half months now, and I still haven’t settled on a church. After going to Every Nation, Tallahassee for the last seven years and being so heavily involved, it’s definitely been interesting to attend so many different churches and have an outsider’s experience. It can be intimidating walking into a brand new church where you don’t know anyone, especially if it’s a big church.
Here’s what has blown my mind: at a lot of the churches I went to, I walked in, sat for 10 or 15 minutes before the service, attended the service, then walked out after it was over without a single person speaking to me. That is what happened at most of the churches I’ve visited. This has honestly been my biggest obstacle to finding a church. I’m not the most outgoing person in the world, and I am generally pretty uncomfortable in large groups of strangers. So the couple of churches where people have actually talked to me and made me feel welcome are the ones I’m going back to.
If you’re a member of a church and you see someone sitting by themselves on a Sunday morning, go say hi and invite them to sit with you or maybe to lunch with you and your family or friends. It’s really easy to just get caught up in your circle and not even notice a new person. I know I’ve been guilty of that a lot myself. But I’m definitely going to be more aware of it in the future!
Just one of my observations while I’m on the church hunt. I may share some others later.