Dating the church
The message of that book was that singles should avoid directionless relationships that were romantic and physical but had no intention of moving toward commitment.
The irony of this was that even though I had stopped playing the dating game with girls, I was perfectly happy to keep playing it with the church.
This awesome responsibility is being passed on to me by my mentor, C. Mahaney, a pastor who has faithfully served for over 26 years. She was beautiful, outgoing, and caring-always there when Jack needed her. And he's beginning to resent all the time she wants to spend with him. I was raised in a Christian home, but even though the church played a big part in my life growing up, for many years it didn't have a big place in my heart.
So this book is marking a very important transition in my life. Through the pages of this book, I’m calling my generation to do the same. What We Miss When We Date the Church Jack and Grace met through a mutual friend. One night, when she asks if they can define the nature of their relationship, Jack blows up. My first home as a child was across the street from the little Baptist church my parents had gotten saved in during the Jesus Movement of the seventies.
For the first time I realized that a wholehearted relationship with a local church is God's loving plan for me and for every other follower of Christ. " A second sign of a church-dater is being independent.
I loved God and had big dreams for how I wanted to serve Him, but I didn't see any reason to get too involved in one church.
By then, I thought I knew all there was to know about church, and I wasn't impressed.
Most churches struck me as out-of-date and out-of-touch.
There had to be better, more efficient ways to accomplish great things for God. But I was only nineteen, and invitations for me to lead a worldwide media crusade weren't rolling in.