August 7, 2019 : Is Church Hopping Okay? Response to last week's topic.
Last week, Pastor Jake posed the question, "Is there a problem with church hopping?" Many of you responded and the discussion was great! Now, I'd like to respond via vlog, as we move from blog to vlog in our discussion.
July 31, 2019 : Topic Introduction
I grew up going to the same church every - single - week (ok, almost every week).
My family did not church hop. We didn’t know what that even meant. Until...my brother and I went to college and my parents were empty nesters. It was a new season. Time for a change for all of us. So we all went our separate ways in our different states on the hunt to find our new church homes.
Throughout college, I would just hop from one church to the next learning from different pastors, being drawn to certain bands over others, and analyzing youth ministry strategies as I thought through my future in ministry leadership.
In college, I honestly never found a single church to call home in So Cal. I enjoyed hearing the Word at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Sunday mornings from their preachers, joined a small group Bible Study at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church and rocked out in worship Sunday evenings with artist Todd Proctor at RockHarbor Church in Costa Mesa.
But as of the last 14 years though, no church hopping for me. I have been at Christ’s Greenfield most of those Sundays. However, this past summer I visited three different churches on vacation, which got me thinking, “If I wasn’t a pastor, would I just hop from one church to the next on Sundays as I please?” “Would I finally land at one church over others?” “Is it wrong to church hop?”
We as your pastors do interact with new faces Sunday after Sunday that tell us after worship, “We are checking your church out today...we’re church hopping!”
So for this first OverTime blog, I am going to ask our community a question to invite each of you as readers to respond with your thoughts before we give our own response to this question next week on a vlog (video + blog = vlog).
Here is the QUESTION: Is there a problem with church hopping?
Your turn...let’s hear it! Ready. Set. Respond.
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