Reflecting on Church #16: If Only They Were Friendly

Reflecting on Church #16: If Only They Were Friendly

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 #16.

52 Churches, A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, by Peter DeHaan, PhD

There were so many things this church did right, so many things I liked about it. Yet one problem overshadowed all of that.

Aside from interacting with another couple (who were also visitors), one greeter, and the two pastors, no one else of the hundreds of people present talked to us: not before, not during, and not after. I couldn’t even make eye contact with anyone to show I was open for conversation. Afterwards, I scanned the auditorium for someone who looked approachable, but I couldn’t find anybody. Most people just left, as if they’d watched a movie and it was time to go home. For those who did tarry, they focused on their friends.

For all its positive elements, this church was unfriendly. I left feeling isolated and alone.

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[See my reflections about Church #15 and Church #17 or start with Church #1.]

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