November 8, 2006
If you are in the Cincinnati area or you want some insight into how "outsiders" view the church, you really need to check out this blog: Church Hopping.
I posted a comment on the blog, and got a response. I also spoke with Erica via e-mail.
Many times people have an ax to grind or something, but Erica and Brad don't seem to have that. I plan to keep reading their journey. I have recommended CincyVineyard. And, if I had my church up and running would love to have them visit.
I am learning a lot. Several things to note: services that are too long, not receiving a follow-up letter (personal and handwritten seem to be more noticed), good music, avoiding hot button issues or at least (I think) presenting a fair appraisal of other views, and solid preaching are some of the things that have received the highest marks of appreciation. Overly friendly and unfriendly (no duh!) are instant turn-offs.