A Megachurch (Visiting Church #51)
I’ve heard much about this church, likely the largest in the area, and am guarded over having too high of expectations. It’s an adventure just getting inside, with a policeman directing traffic and a parking lot crew to rival the best amusement park.
Using cutting-edge technology and exuding excellence in what they do, today is a treat. In the auditorium, the worship team of eight gathers up front. The countdown clock hits 0:00 and the worship leader welcomes us. After an opening song set, one of the co-pastors comes up to share and pray. Then we watch video announcements, professional productions that command attention.
The church is in the midst of a series on leadership, with the premise that God calls us all to be leaders in our personal and professional lives. Drawn from scripture, today’s message is most applicable to church leaders and is easily adaptable to business leaders. Although the teaching is engaging, I have trouble understanding how it pertains to everyone else.
As the minister wraps up his message, a slide appears, asking everyone to “remain seated during the altar call.” This confuses me, but I later realize the request is to keep people from leaving prematurely and distracting others who need to hear what the pastor says. People raise their hands to rededicate their lives to Jesus and the pastor prays for them as a group. For those wanting to make a decision to follow Jesus, he leads them in prayer.
After the service, we turn in our visitor card and receive a tour of their grand facility. Our guide challenges us to come back for the next twelve weeks and see how our faith grows in the process.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.