Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Beginnings

One chapter has ended and another has started.  For those of you who don't know, Destree and I moved to Vacaville almost two months ago.  There is a certain appeal to having the major parts of our life in the same place--house, work and church.  It makes life feel much less scattered.

Once we moved (and moved again--long story for those of you who haven't heard), the next step was to find a church.  It was odd going "church shopping" (a term I don't like, by the way), because it's been so long since I've done it.  I've attended several different churches in my life, but this was the first time that I'd been a true visitor to a church since my family and I started attending regularly when I was still in elementary school.  Since then, every church I've attended, I've known members of leadership before I actually started going.

It's weird, being on the new visitor side of things.  So often, I've sat in meetings brainstorming ways to make new visitors to church feel more welcome.  I've spent so many hours in church meetings pitching ideas, critiquing church processes to make it a smooth flow for visitors.

Do you know what I've discovered?  I don't think half the stuff is as important as it seems in meetings.  Having been through the "visitor process," I'd say what matters is that as a visitor I know what to do (i.e. no weird rituals that make me feel out of place), and a warm welcoming environment.  Everything else is just icing on the cake.

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