My original plan was to contact as many churches as possible and interview the pastors. Ask them a list of questions and let them ask me their questions. I feel I can learn as much from other people's questions to me as I can from the questions I ask them. In fact often times my questions tell them more about me than their answers tell me about them, but that's ok, I am into over sharing. Anyways I started thinking that most pastors would not really be interested in being interviewed, or to be polite, they are just too busy. To be fair I never even asked a single pastor, so maybe there are/were a majority very willing and available to be engaged.
I envisioned a win/win scenario I would make a careful and intelligent effort to find the best church for our family, where we could contribute the most possible and publish the journey here. This would provide the churches with exposure and help other folks searching for a church community.
As life would have it we visited several churches and found a church plant just starting out near our home. My wife really liked it, the kids too. Being a part of a new church seemed kind of cool to me too. Even though I had already felt drawn to another church we had visited, I was happy to jump in with both feet along side my wife. The start time was 9AM and my wife is not a morning person but she was fired up!
I was a great experience, of course there were moments of less great, but we made some friends and got to experience some new ways "doing church" and understanding our relationship with God and each other. In the end the roots never took hold so the church moved to a less urban area and we were "Homeless" In all honesty we had already started looking for a new church home before they moved.....
Not surprisingly I suggested the church we visited before that I had leaned toward.