I’ve been a little unsure as to how to take the search forward. I can’t really pick a favourite just now (though the early front-runners are QPBC, Re:Hope and Sandyford Henderson), and I don’t really want to spend a few weeks in each because that will take ages. I’d thought about just keeping going round them all one at a time, eliminating one after each rotation, but that’s all a bit too Pop Idol or Big Brother, and you’d never catch me being frivilous about something like this.
I think what I need to do is get beyond first impressions and find out more about the churches – what they do beyond Sundays, what they do in their communities and the wider world.
So I’ll go back to each of them one Sunday (both services, where possible), and even see if I can gatecrash something else, such as a midweek meeting. Different events and services have different people, atmospheres, purposes and formats, and so seeing more than just one service should help me get a much fuller picture of whether I’d be comfortable being a part of each church in the longer term. And more importantly, whether they’d put up with me.
Thereafter, I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll commit to somewhere for a few weeks or months, or think up some sort of round 3… an inter-church poker competition, perhaps.
Any other ideas?