...at least that is what I have been told. I have heard it mentioned by several pastors and have met 2 pastors that have purposely moved here to plant a couple of churches.
I guess I am typing all of this in an effort to help me understand what I am lacking, doing wrong, not seeing etc. Maybe just some helpful suggestions, guidance, direction or anything you would like to comment on. I'm just going to put it out there and please tell me what you think. Good, bad or otherwise. I need a little clarity and help in understanding some, part or all if possible. Honestly, I am a breath away from quitting church at this point.
Well here goes, this might get long winded....
The thing is.... I can not drive more than 10 blocks it seems, and come across another church building. (I know it's not about buildings)
We keep being reinforced of this message of being so unchurched that I am wondering why it keeps being reinforced? Seems to me if you keep reinforcing negativity then you are bound to get what you ask for.
We (wife and I) have visited a few churches and they seem to be fairly full. A couple of them had pastors who were off preaching in Thailand and one in Trinidad. What about preaching right here since we are so unchurched?
I keep hearing from many, pastors included, that this is a spiritually dark area. Well I can definitely agree with that statement.
We were involved in a bible study and it was canceled because it fell on Halloween night and some had parties to go to and others wanted to stay home to pass out candy and see the costumes.
I have offered fishing trips, all expenses paid to our groups, but all anyone wants to do is meet on Sunday and "See you next Sunday". We are your average blue collar working people, friendly and showered (in case you were wondering). I have been told by one pastor that this was a bedroom community. I understand that statement better now after it was explained to me. It fit right in with the one day go to meeting.
I have also had it explained from a historical viewpoint by a theology master and have a good understanding from that particular reasoning. But my question is, how did it continue into the 20th century? Satan's strong foothold in the area?
We have been very impressed with the lighting, videos, acting and performances that some churches have. Some are quite extravagant and really put on a show like a concert. Many have coffee shops in them and good coffee for a fair price too. Some have been very entertaining and could have charged a fair ticket price.
I see everything is on a very tight schedule. I have yet to see one pastor not check the clock. Our question is why? Where is the freedom to worship? Does this happen in all churches or just the ones here?
My wife is from a different country and the church she was attending would keep going if they felt led to.
I almost deleted all this and said the heck with it. There is more to be said, but I am going to leave what I typed and see what others say, if anything. I need to learn, even if you just feel like knocking me on the head. Go for it, sometimes we learn best from hard knocks.