I was raised in a home where regular, frequent attendance of church services was the norm. I was in church by the time I was just a week old, and I attended faithfully from that point forward. It was just a given.
Thus, it’s an interesting story how my wife and I decided about three years ago to stop attending weekend worship services on a regular basis. But it’s almost impossible to relate concisely. There is so much background information, learning over time, fits-and-starts and second-guessing, that it would take a book to explain fully. For this blog post, suffice it to say that we made this decision not out of disillusionment with the institutional church or with any ill feelings toward it. Rather, we had become increasingly intent on following Jesus wherever He leads and we found Him leading us out of this comfortable routine and into something, for us, more dynamic and more intentional.
Not that our attendance at church services and functions had become purely perfunctory. Anything but! I was learning and growing, serving regularly, involved in terrific community, establishing deep connection with fellow believers. At yet, the call away from the more formal “worship services” was unmistakable.