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8 Ways to Ruin a First Church Visit

3. The preschool area was dirty and not secure.

I took my 2-year-old with me, but I would not leave her in the church’s preschool area.

You could tell they didn’t care about the cleanliness and the safety needs of little children. So I took my child to the worship service. That proved to be another headache.

4. Everyone talked in code.

I had no idea what the preacher and the members were talking about.

What in the heck is a WMU? What is a time of intercessory prayer?

I figured out the responsive reading thing when I saw people reading from their hymnals.

5. Someone told me I was sitting where their family sits.

That really ticked me off.

I didn’t see a reserved sign there. If I was not getting paid to do this, I would have said a few words to them and walked out of the service before it ever began.

6. No one spoke to me.

They certainly spoke to people they apparently knew, but I was not a part of their cliques.

I felt badly just being there. I wanted to get up and leave on the spot.

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Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com). Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and six grandchildren. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches.