>Thoughts on Church Hunting

>With the move from NY to MO, the top item of business is to find a church to call home. We have visited a few, none “bad,” but none appear (yet) to be right fit.

A couple churches fell into the “less than ideal” category simply by being either rude, inefficient, or both. I called one asking for details on their CHRISTmas eve service on Dec 22, and never got an answer. I called two others to ask about children’s ministry; got no answer in a three day period.

I know many churches don’t have paid secretarial staff; but if you aren’t going to answer your messages, don’t give the option. There may be a lot of excuses, but there are no reasons for rudeness. In the case of the CHRISTmas eve question, even if they for some reason didn’t get the message until after the fact, a twenty second “I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you; our offices were closed for the week” or something like that would have helped.

Churches, like people, never have a second chance to make a good first impression.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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