Church Experience #40 – October 23, 2011
River City Church – Chattanooga, TN
The end of the month of October is upon us, which means there are only two more months left in 2011. Each time I sit down to write a new blog article now, I think about how many churches I have visited this year (forty!) and how few I have left to visit. Knowing that I only have ten church visits remaining (yes, I realize that looking at the calendar my fiftieth church will actually be on 1/1/12, so technically I will not visit fifty churches in 2011) makes each decision on where to go more difficult. My desire is to experience something unique, something special, something completely “of God” each week, which means that just like every other decision I make in life, I must truly seek His guidance and trust in His direction. I am already thinking about all the writing I will have on my plate after all fifty of my blog articles have been completed…there are a ton of reflections, lessons learned, and discoveries made that I can share (if anyone is interested) which will certainly keep me busy for an unknown portion of 2012. But without looking too far into the future, I still have an immediate task at hand…church visit number forty. While searching for a church to visit this week I used Google to do some online browsing. This is something that I have (surprisingly) done very few times this year, and instead I have usually selected churches by word of mouth, personal invitation, or drive-by. Google search is, however, a relevant tool that most of us use for finding pretty much anything in today’s world, so I would feel remiss if I did not use it for discovering potential churches to visit. While browsing search results looking for churches that I had never heard of, I came across the website for River City Church and was immediately intrigued. It wasn’t that the website was something spectacular (not to pick on them, but there is actually a ginormous blank white space dominating the visible part of their home page), but what grabbed my attention was the place where the church meets…Mosaic Arts Venue. I work on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga, so I spend a lot of time down there and for me Mosaic is one of those businesses that I always see and am always curious about but never go in the door to find out what is inside. So I decided to go to River City Church and find out what it and Mosaic, were all about.