Visiting Churches

Reflecting on Church #8: It Only Takes One Person to Make a Difference

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 #8.

My memories of this church are positive, and I want to revisit them. I even recommended it to someone who was looking for a church. However, her experience was disappointing.

Not a single person talked to her the entire time she was there: not before, not during, and not after. She entered the building not knowing anyone, and she left not knowing anyone.

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith

Then I realized the reality of our visit. Aside from a brief conversation with a greeter when we arrived and an extended time talking with a couple who approached us just as we were leaving, they ignored us.

The rest of the time, few people even made eye contact and those who did, quickly looked away. We were all alone in a room full of people.

What turned an isolated experience into a memorable one was one couple who reached out to us as we headed to the door, after we’d given up on any meaningful conversation.

One couple made the difference between a happy, I-want-to-return memory and a lonely, never-going-back-again pain.

Consider how you can make a difference at your church. Then go do it.

[See my reflections about Church #7 and Church #9 or start with Church #1.]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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