Reflecting on Church #42: A Disappointing Day

Reflecting on Church #42: A Disappointing Day

With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #42.

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common FaithI carried high expectations for this church. My unwarranted anticipation built them into something they were not, something few churches could ever achieve—or maintain. From such a lofty perch, theirs was a long way to fall: The service was tightly orchestrated, but felt disjointed, the songs were dated and tired, the people were self-absorbed, and the sermon was critical and divisive. This church exemplified many of the traits the unchurched levy against it. And I understand why.

However, even if I had no expectations for my experience with them, I’m sure I’d still have been disappointed. Perhaps I should have arrived, expecting the worst. Would that have allowed me to better see the good?

What I can say is, this is a larger church with a passionate following. Certainly, they are connecting with some people, just not me.

[See my reflections about Church #41 and Church #43 or start at the beginning of our journey.]

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