Friday, February 13, 2009

How to Choose a Church

We loved the church we attended in Benton and have made finding a new church home a priority since moving to Lawrence. The first Sunday we were here, we went to a small Bible church where the pastor chuckled when we told him where we were members in Arkansas. He informed us that we wouldn't be finding a church like that anywhere around here, but that he hoped that someday down the line, his church could grow into one similar.

We liked the church, but it was really small and we worried about Joshua needing a good youth group and peer activities.

The next Sunday, we visited a much larger evangelical Presbyterian church. We really liked it, but it was almost too big. Feeling a little like Goldilocks with the too big, too small business, we decided to just try both churches for a while to see which one is going to be the best fit for our entire family.

Last Sunday on the way home from church, Lowell and I were discussing pros and cons of each and what we liked and didn't like. The conversation is going along with.. I like the teaching better here, and the worship better there. I like the size there, but the activities offered here. I like the friendliness here, but think we might fit in better there, etc. etc. So Joshua pops in and says, "Well I like that 'Praise God from whom all blessings flow' song that we sing at the Presbyterian church, and honestly I think it's all gonna come down to that."

We went later that evening to a meet and greet dessert function at the Presbyterian church. We visited with the pastor a while and told him about Joshua thoughts. He admitted that he'd never gotten a member based solely on the Doxology, but he said if that's what it takes, he'll be sure that's in the worship schedule for at least the next few weeks!


Carly Grace said...

Heather, I love that black and white photo of you guys on your blog profile!

amyj said...

Heather, I'm so glad you're blogging again! And I can't quit laughing out loud (pardon the 8th grade expression).