[quote=dream wanderer]When I was a Protestant if we were visiting family we would go where they went…
Usually we learned by word of mouth where we could find an ‘acceptable’ place to attend. Acceptable meaning ‘one of our kind’ of churches… If we were travelling to say, Pensacola, we would ask around at church and someone would know someone who attended the First Baptist Church (or whatever) and recommend it…or we would look in publications of our denomination. A religious newsletter or magazine sent in the mail would sometimes list churches that were of ‘our kind of Christians’.
There is a network among Fundamentalist Independant Baptists…and Southern Baptists. If nothing else…once you reached your destination you could always look in the phone book.
The services would differ a little from place to place but it wasn’t that drastic a difference.
I can only speak for Independant/conservative/southern Baptists. I have no idea what people in other denominations do.
Or sometimes…we just wouldn’t go.
That seems to coincide with what I sense from Protestant (don’t classify me as a Protestant) members in my family. The approach to finding a church in the first place is that of looking for one that fits the personal thought of how to come to Christ. In other words, “let’s see where God is doing it my way” (Thanks Frank)
Similarly, in their “baptism” - it is not recognized as the sacrament and what God has done in us. So when they are re-born and baptised (by submersion usually) it is finally done “right”. There is no awareness that they are really saying, "God, since you didn’t do it right in that other Church (especially that Catholic one), I’m having my pastor do it right!
One son of mine is now upset because the pastor “he chose” decided to quit and move on. Now what?
As a Catholic, I don’t have the worry. The Truth won’t quit no matter what the mood of the pastor is, or what my desire is either. Guess that’s why Catholics (but not al) want the Mass on Sundays, vacation or not.