For a while now, off and on at least, we (my family) have been searching for a church to attend. This has proven to be a much harder task than I thought It would be.
What has made it so hard for us to find a church you ask?
Well, We have small children. Which is funny because my kids are the main reason my wife and I have been trying to find a church. We want them to be involved in a church community.
The problem is that we desire a community, and not an institution. I wrote a while back about how I don't miss church, or at least church as I have known it. We like the small, community focused congregations that like to have discussions about the text, who can disagree about the text and not immediately want to excommunicate those they don't see eye to eye with, who are inclusive rather than exclusive,who care about social justice, and who are active within the community. But usually small churches do not have any kind of children's programs or they just do not have children at all.
We have been to several churches that we really like, but there hasn't been much for our children.
This seems to be the two choices out there... (1) Traditional/huge churches with either a pre sermon rock show or post sermon "alter call" that's always the same... but they have great programs for children... or (2) small, conversational, missional churches that we like very much but have nothing for our kids.
And let me just say that I am not criticizing these small churches that don't have children programs nor am I meaning to criticize big and traditional churches in any way. They all serve their purpose in one way or another i am sure that each is full of wonderful people. It's just important to us right now that our children are involved in some way.
So, Our search continues.