I live in a fabulous Southern town. There are at least 12 MEGA churches within 10 miles of my home. For those of you not in the know- Mega churches have thousands of members. I don't mean 1000; I mean 3-10,000 members. We are called the Bible Belt for a reason. I attend a Mega Church. I love that there are so many activities for the kids, so many choices for Sunday school, multiple service times and 1000's of people. It is easy to blend if you like or stand out if you choose. I was raised in a small (re. couple hundred members) church and EVERYONE knew your business. All the kids at my church went to the same High School and 2 of us went somewhere else. For Youth group I went where my friends from school went, but Sunday morning my butt was sitting next to Mom. I like going to a big church.
I do not enjoy the multitude of letters that I have started receiving to date. I call them the "Mission Letters". These letters are coming from friends/clients all over town. They are mass mailing that come from a teenager or family asking me to pay for them to go on an exotic Mission trip. I am all for Missions. DO NOT GET ME WRONG. I just have an issue when a family with small children, that lives in a $500,000+ home, with a stay at home mom; wants me to send them money to take their kids to Belize! I will not send money to send you to Paris to witness on the street corners. I will not send you money to swim with dolphins in Australia. I will not support your Vacation fund. I am all for you going, I know that we need to reach out to people all over the world. I would like for you to pay your own way.
I am the first to donate when a Youth group asks for a silent auction item. I will buy your BBQ. I will pay you to wash my car. I will buy raffle tickets for whatever. I would like to see you "working" for it. The work shows me that you really want to go and serve. The effort in year long, group wide, fund raising shows commitment. A mass mailing shows that me that you want an easy way out.
I believe that children should be doing mission work. My boys have cleaned yards, made sack lunches and played with children while their father and I served. It is all done locally. There are a million opportunities around every corner to show your small children how to give back. You do not need to take them around the world to do it. Especially not on my dime.