Why do I attend a CRC church? It is a relevant question for my wife and me. Presently I am a member of a church that is twenty five miles from my home. Within a five mile area there is a Presbyterian Church (USA) that because of travel distance we attend rather frequently. In fact I was asked to participate in a Good Friday Service preaching a meditation on one of the words of the cross. I also attend a men’s discussion group twice a month. Because of this dilemma I have been wrestling with the question, “Which Church should I attend on a regular basis?”
That caused me reflect on my membership in the CRC with more urgency. I have been a member in the CRC since our family immigrated to the United States when I was only three years old. I attended Christian Schools, Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. I am ordained in the CRC and continue to be “pulpit supply” in the CRC churches in the Phoenix area. As I reflect on the CRC many changes have taken place over the years. In fact some of those changes I agree with and others are not always to my satisfaction. It is also true that at one time that almost every CRC church worshipped using a familiar order of worship and conformed to the church order. That is not the situation today. It is also true (at least in our area) that we have many former members of the CRC worshipping at community churches. Allegiance to a particular denomination is not as strong as it once was. So a relevant question is, “Why do I attend a CRC church”
I would suggest that elders (as leaders in the church) ask themselves that same question. I believe it would be a good exercise to write five reasons why you attend the church you presently attend. In fact it may be a good question to ask the households that you oversee.
We advertise churches today with more creativity than we have in the past. It may well be a good advertisement to include some the reasons your congregation give to that question. It will also help you define your ministry and the things you are doing well. I would love to receive some of your answers to the question in the coming weeks.