Connecting with Churches in Your Community
Part of the challenge of staying connected with the broader Christian community where you live is the challenge of being physically present in a variety of worship settings when most of your Sundays involve being present in your home church.
Many people who own Christian bookstores also have distinct roles in their home church: Teaching a class, singing on a worship team, serving with a tech crew, etc. But I don’t feel you can best connect with people from churches in your community unless you spend a Sunday with them. Fortunately, alternative service times make it possible to visit — especially with Saturday night options — and not miss your own church’s service.
In our community — which consists of two side-by-side towns — I identified 37 “worshiping bodies,” including some home fellowships and alternative groups. I’ve been at regular Sunday morning services (or equivalent) at 33 of these. With my core churches, I make a point to pay a return visit every time there is a change in lead pastors.
Don’t see this as public relations or promotional exercise, rather see it as education. You’re there to experience. Before you leave, pick up some of the denominational literature from that table in the lobby and when you get home delve deeper into the church’s culture.