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.
I 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.