Sunday we visited Yorktown Baptist Church. Alan Reed, Yorktown’s Associate Pastor, lives across the street from us. My kids are good friends with his kids, so, like last week, this post may be a bit biased.
Yorktown has recently undergone several changes. They have a new pastor and a new building. There is a contagious excitement among the members.
The new building is simple, but nice. The church seems to be growing.
Of all the places we visited, we liked Yorktown’s music the best. The large band and singing team blend well. While we didn’t know every song, even the new songs were easy to learn and sing. There weren’t many handraisers or clappers in the crowed but the congregation did enthusiastically sing along. The music didn’t have that “edgy” feel we experienced in the other congregations. Instead, it had a bit of an “anthem” feel to it. I suppose many church people enjoy that style (my wife certainly did), but I prefer a bit more rock to my music.
The sermon was another one of those fill-in-the-blank kind that are popular among many preachers. They aren’t, however, my favorite. Fortunately the pastor delivered it with energy and enthusiasm. That enthusiasm is inspirational and makes me willing to give the church another visit.
Hobby Horse Time:
There are lots of reasons I don’t care for fill-in-the-blank sermons. (Yes, there are exceptions. I’ve preached many a fill-in-the blank sermon). For one thing, life isn’t fill-in-the-blank. Life is story. Life is an ever changing, ever unfolding drama. Life’s problems can’t be solved by six steps that all begin with the letter “R”. In my opinion, fill-in-the-blank sermons lend themselves more to mental development than to spiritual development. There is a false sense of accomplishment that comes from filling in blanks. “I’ve done what I need to do. I completed all the blanks on my outline. Now I can go home.” Sermons should be about life-change, not completion of an outline. People need to live the gospel. Sermons should motivate people to change. . . to be different. . . not just to think differently.
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog. . . .
We did run into a bit of a snag at Yorktown when we checked in our daughter to her class. There was no one at the check-in center. Instead, someone from inside a classroom simply called out, “Come on in.” No registration. No tag. That may have been fine a few years ago, but in today’s environment it’s important to be serious about children’s check-in. I’m sure Yorktown has a check-in system, but we caught themon a Sunday when they were making some changes to their morning line-up so mistakes are bound to happen.
All-in-all, our experience at Yorktown was very positive. Is it the right church for us? Possibly.