Benjamin Baker comments on the phenomenon of young adult “church hopping” in the Adventist Review.
Here are his reasons why you shouldn’t. What do you think? (I’d like to see some Scripture texts that support point 5).
1. Relationships not developed: Church hopping does not foster relationships because the hopper is not consistently around to know and be known. She simply sees and is occasionally seen. Going to one church, however, provides an opportunity to know fellow members on a personal and consistent level.
2. No accountability: Hoppers are not spiritually accountable to anyone. They are spiritual desperadoes, wandering from town to town, only occasionally learning someone’s name. But when people get involved in a congregation, others can lovingly monitor their spiritual state.
3. Spiritual gifts not maximized: When one church hops, their spiritual gifts are rarely available to a congregation. In fact, no one ever knows them well enough to discover their talents. What could be a powerful tool in the hands of God and the church is often unused. Thus the capacity for service shrinks. But a person in a church family finds ministries to be involved in and can fully utilize his talents.
4. Mate harder to find: Believe it or not, a hopper has a harder time finding a mate than a settler. When one settles they can see, meet, and get to know potential prospects. They can also glimpse the hoppers who rotate to their church. Hoppers miss out because they move too fast.
5. Jesus did not hop: Jerusalem probably provided the opportunity to hop, but Jesus probably did not do it. Jesus likely was at the service shortly before it started, bringing others with him, and ready to help out anyway He could. He knew others in the congregation and worshipped with them each Sabbath. After church they ate together, Jesus conversing with whoever wanted to talk.