I guess, after all the hullabaloo a while back when I decided it was time to get myself back in church, I neglected to tell you what I do NOT like in a church.
First and foremost: If you tell me to hold my offering above my head (so everybody will know if I am not giving any money), I don't care how good the preaching is, nor how talented the choir. I'm not returning. You have made it obvious that I'm not welcome unless I give you money.
And yes, I attended a church like this for years. Enough is enough.
Oh, and there's this: At another church I really liked, the preacher asked everybody to hold up their money and repeat after him, "This is my tithe; a tithe is ten percent."
I'm thinking, "Hey, buddy, I have five dollars here. It's five bucks you won't have if I stay home."
If you have to take up two or three collections during one service, I'm gone.
If you tell me everybody in every other church (denomination) is going to hell, that's goodbye.
If you look down your nose at people who don't dress to your standards, so long.
The truth is, I am pretty comfortable in most denominations. I love good preaching. I love good singing. But honestly, I can live without that, as long as I can feel comfortable in your midst. I'm a little peculiar, so it might be a stretch putting up with me.
By the way, I found several local churches that qualify as ones I'd attend, so I don't think my qualifications are all that stringent.