I went for my second church visit since finishing my ministry at the church I planted. This time I went to a church plant that was a little more established.
Here are somethings I noticed:
1. The worship was quality and passionate.
2. They did drama. It was a bit choppy, but had some humor.
3. They were finished in a little over an hour.
4. The message was a point-by-point explanation of why the resurrection is true.
5. It was very laid back, casual, and had great coffee.
6. They had a great take-home for first-timers. It included a CD of music similar to what they do in the service.
Things I didn't like:
1. The message was okay. It was good, but it felt like it came right out of a Lee Strobel book.
2. The children's ministry had very little security. They didn't check out the parents ID very well.
3. They are getting overcrowded. The pastor mentioned that in the next year they will be doing a fundraising campaign for building a new auditorium.
4. Parking was crowded and there was very little help.
All in all I liked the church. The music rocked! It was loud enough to consume you without blowing out your eardrums.
I noticed that a few people were singing, but not many. I don't know if this is typical. I noticed it last week too. People seem to enjoy and want high quality music, but they don't really want to sing. Or, as one woman in my church said, I want to be able to sing without anyone being able to hear me.