Do you mind BIG churches?

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  1. AnnDriena_

    AnnDriena_ New Member

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    laydee I'm so sorry that is so wrong. How can a white pastor do that? The last church I attended St. Stephens baptist church was all black and my cousin told me the pastor said he didn't want anybody bringing that mess to his church. She told me he either wouldn't or didn't like to marry interracial couples in his church. But there were interraccial people there. That stuff just kills me. I didn't like that church it was too much of a social club. Don't get me wrong I think it's great to socialize with sisters and brothers but you have to watch out. I don't care what religion some people profess I just think they are poisinous.
     
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    Me, personally, I like all churches that preach, teach, and exemplify the word of God. Whether its 37,000 members or 50. In undergrad, I went to a very large church (over 27,000 members) and I loved that church. I now go to a church with about 1,000 members, and after I leave NC, I will move to PA and attend a church of about 50-100 members. When u attend a larger church, you have a variety of different ministries and classes that are readily available for you to join and assist you in your spiritual growth. If you go and sit in the same section, u will start to learn people from your section and you will definitely know the people in the ministries you participate in. U won't be strolling into the pastor's office, and u will have to be more active in the church to actually get to know your pastor on more of a first name basis. In this type of church, u would have to be more responsible. For example, my old pastor taught in such a way that bible study was a basis for Sunday morning scripture. So if u missed bible study, he would catch u up a bit, but most of the time u would have such a better appreciation of the word on Sunday if u went to bible study. In a smaller church, you get to know everyone and your pastor and his family will definitely know u and will be quick to put you to work. I visited the church I will be joining in PA when I moved, and I went to the pastor's house for dinner and sort of met half of the church there. The next day, I went to church for bible study and the next u know I was dusting the pews (now in the back of my mind I'm thinking what the 3 day guest rule doesn't apply, but I was neverthless happy to serve in God's house). Its very personal, but sometimes a certain group can feel left out, b/c its not a lot of people there. I believe that God will send you to the church he wants you to be at that helps develop and nurture you as a member of the body of Christ whether it be a large church or a small church.
     
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    I can go to a mega-church myself;however, I like smaller ones. They give me a more 'homely' feel.
     
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    Haha! What thread DOES go the way intended by the poster? Not many :) Don't feel bad.

    I'll admit, I have never belonged to a large congregation. The only churches I ever belonged to anyway were my daddy's (2), and none of them had more than 50 people at church on Sunday.

    I could't imagine being in a congregation of thousands. I'm afraid of crowds anyway, but I would be overwelmed in a church even with just a few hundred. But when you start talking 8,000; 10,000 in a congregation at one time... I feel claustrophobic just imagining it.

    I look every once in a while at "church" on TV and I'm glad I stayed home! :) It's so many people! What if a fire broke out? Omigod!
     
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    I don't know about a Pastor getting in front of the congregation and mentioning a particular parishioner's personal "dilemna" or "sin".

    Obviously, the Pastor can counsel the member on a one-on-one basis. I think that's more appropriate. To mention the member's name and what their crisis may be is a little "gossipy" and everyone else will be in the person's business.

    I think for a Pastor to do that would be disruptive.
     
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    I didn't know that the Pastor has to give an account of the parishioner's soul either!
     
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    Omigod!

    So the Pastor didn't do anything but tell YOU to not to bring your white man to church anymore? He was a false prophet and was only thinking if the people stop coming, my money runs out!!

    The Pastor passed up a perfect opportunity to set these people straight! What a valuable lesson he deprived them of, due to his own self-interest!

    Now I'm mad! Omigoodness!
     
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    I don't go to a megachurch. We have about 1000 members but I still hear people say that it's difficult to get to know people. As others have said, you really have to become involved in some sort of ministry or small group to feel at home among large numbers. Once you become involved, the pastor and leadership staff gets to know you.

    Regarding the pastor's accountability for our souls, my husband is a minister and a former pastor. My personal belief is that his primary role is one of shepherd and guide for his congregation. But each individual must make his or her own decisions and life choices. I think he is AS accountable for his congregation as each of us is for the people we meet in our day to day lives -the example we set, our actions, and the words we share with both believers and non-believers.
     

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