Attending a church other than yours can be a revealing experience. I am out in Colorado taking a couple seminary classes and had the opportunity to attend Red Rocks Church with some friends. Here are a couple take-aways:
- Theme parks are funny places for churches. From the parking lot to the worship center is a journey through the old west; including rides, photo locations and a store selling dream catchers. Interestingly enough, it felt similar to Mariners.
- Screens should be necessary, not intrusive. Red Rocks has 7 screens in a fairly small space (guessing 800 seats). They did use them well, series graphics, music backgrounds, etc, but even I was overwhelmed.
- The message is awesome in the front of the service. Program started at 9:30 and after one song and some announcements the speaker had started by 9:40. The rest of the time was allotted for response, prayers, and some final reminders. Great to see a church simplify a service to the necessities.
- Seeing students in main service makes me jealous. Red Rocks has three services (two Sunday morning and one Sunday evening) and the first service is open for the whole family. I loved seeing families sitting together. The junior high meets during the second service and high school gathers Sunday nights. I would love to have a “family friendly” service at Mariners.
Overall, it was amazing to attend church. The pastor was likeable and vulnerable, I felt welcomed walking in the door, and I knew exactly what they were about. And as a special bonus, the worship leader has the incredible voice combination of Neal Diamond and Chad Kroeger (Nickleback). So, if you are looking for a great community in the Denver area, check out Red Rocks Church.