Too many churches?

Rebekah and I have been married for about a year and a half and still haven’t really felt connected in a local church. We met some wonderful people at the church we joined when we got married and we love a lot of things about that church. It is a great church. However, there has still always been some kind of disconnect. I’m sure part of it is because it is a little far away. Plus, a lot of the people we know who attend there live in other parts of the city (most 30 minutes to 1 hour away from us). And, of course, my travel schedule has kept us from really doing a lot of activities together (it’s always the guy’s fault).

Well, recently Rebekah has been attending a new church plant in Nashville called Green Hills Church. I still haven’t been to a service because I haven’t been in Nashville on a Sunday morning since January, but Rebekah has really gotten involved and likes it a lot.

My first reaction to the idea of a new church plant in a city so saturated with churches is, “Really?! Seriously?!” I would immediately jump to the idea that more churches only divides the Church further instead of fostering community among believers in the same area. BUT, in the same breath, I would have to say that it seems this church plant is exactly what Rebekah and I needed. Despite the thousands of churches around town, we had yet to find one that fit like GHC seems to have done.

So, at least for now I have put my cynicism aside about “another church in Nashville” and I am excited about the opportunity to take part in a new group of believers at a church finding its identity in the community.

What are your thoughts on church plants in America (especially in the Bible belt)?