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Church Search Results

If you are reading this to find out if we have settled on a church, I’m sorry to disappoint you.    That is not what is going to happen today.  What I am going to reveal are the results of my family and I discussing the past month of our church search.  First of all, let me review for you what happened over the past month.

First, we visited a mega-church that is approximately 45 minutes away from our home.  The preaching was verse by verse and the music was professional.

The next week we visited another mega-church at one of their satellite campuses.  The music was live, but the preaching was broadcast from either the internet or DVD.  I was not able to determine that.

On the third Sunday, we visited a traditional, SBC church with an energetic preacher for a pastor.  We were able to watch several people be baptized during this visit.

This past Sunday we visited a church where the entire service lasted 1 hour 40 minutes.  The preaching lasted approximately 50 minutes.

I created a simple spreadsheet on Sunday night.  I listed each church and each member of our family.  I asked each person to rank the churches.  The church each person liked best received a score of 4 and proceeded down from there.  I did this to quantify what I was hearing from my family.  There are other factors going into our decision-making for our church search.

Church #1 received the highest score with 3.75.  Three family members liked it best, with the other person ranking it second.  However, this church does not make the final list due to distance factors.  We feel that a 45 minute drive is too far for us to be active in a church like we would like to be.

Church #2 received the lowest score with a 1.  Every family member ranked it last among the four.  This is not to say that it is a “bad” church.  It just did not “click” for us.

Church #3 came in third with a score of 2.375.  One family member ranking it second, two ranking it third and one ranking it tied for second.

Church #4 came in second with a score of 2.875.  One family member ranked it first, one second, one tied for second and one third.

So, where do we stand at this point?  We have eliminated churches #1 and 2 from consideration.  That leaves us with churches #3 and #4 to consider going forward.  We will probably visit these two over the next four Sundays to further evaluate them.  So, the process continues.

Please continue to pray for us as we prayerfully visit these churches.  Don’t worry.  We aren’t going to let a spreadsheet tell us where to go to church.  That was an exercise that was fun and helped us look at our subjective feelings in an objective way.  We are considering aspects about these churches and not just our subjective feelings.  Most of all, we want to go to the church where we believe we can follow Christ, where He is glorified and we can serve Him.

****By the way, this is blog post number 200 for Deuceology.  It’s really more than that, but I did delete posts some a few months ago.  But this is the official 200th post.  Thanks for reading. I would write this if you didn’t read, but you make it more fun****

  1. November 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for the update, and congrats on 200!

  2. November 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Glad you are taking your time and not jumping right in only to regret it later. I think you are doing the smart thing. congrats on #200. Glad I found your blog Larry.

  3. Rob
    November 29, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Congrats on 200!

    • November 29, 2011 at 6:26 am

      You know what that means. Just 100 more to 300.

  4. November 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

    You are the one who ranked church #4 as your favorite, aren’t you? TELL THE TRUTH!

    Glad you think I make this more fun. Yay me!

    • November 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Hahaha! I am disclosing how anybody my family felt.

  5. Arny Sanchez
    November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is really awesome Larry,,,i just gotta say…

    coming from someone who has born and raised in the same church that i met my wife in, got married, in and now my kids are in…

    I’ve never known any other community…

    I think this is way I love blogging so much….not so much the blogging part…but I get to connect with people like you and others all around the country who share in the same faith in Jesus Christ…

    I’m just speechless sometimes at this awesome opportunity…

    • November 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Arny, it is awesome. It’ so cool to connect to people who have this common Savior.

  6. November 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Congrats on 200! I look forward to your impressions on further evaluation. I haven’t been reading your blogs very long, so you may have disclosed why you left your last church… or not. Were/are you a minister by vocation?

    • November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I did tell all of that in this blog, but deleted them. I don’t really feel comfortable discussing that publicly any more. I am not a vocational minister, but I did spend a year in seminary, whatever that’s worth. Once I get my kids through school I would like to finish my degree since I’m about 1/3 of the way through it.

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