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My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Schwartz: 12:53pm On May 22, 2016
Hello All. Here is my experience at Church in Germany. So far I have attended 3 different churches in different cities here and I love it. This are churches by whites. Though there are one or two Naija churches around but personally I love this ones. I saw a lot of differences cheesy

No loud speakers outside: The norm has been during service, churches put on loud speakers outside so the neighborhood of the church hears every thing going on inside the church. To me I feel its noise pollution and unfair to neighbours because some times you have in one street alone in Naija over 5 churches blaring away. Here its so quiet outside the church building that if you don't get into the church you don't even notice there are people inside the church holding service.

Noone comes in gaily dressed: This people are so simple that they don't dress any different to church. If you don't have a nice Sunday wear no one cares. Picture attached was service today. Its summer now and people were wearing shorts lipsrsealed to church! Also sleevless floral light dresses. There were no suits, no nice hats, no bogus jewelry, no nice shoes, no Italian bags, no one with nice hairdo. Its was just plain clothes, sneakers and sandals to church. You can't even differentiate between the rich and the poor. I remember in Naija when I used to take materials to my tailor to sew the latest dress so i can wear for church service. I remember all the outdoing and show off by members.

The pastor has no hairs around him: The simplicity of the whites is amazing. Even into the work of the ministry they carry it along. The pastor comes into church carrying his bag by himself. Goes round each member to greet you with a smile and a handshake and asks how you're doing. He is just a humble caring friend you can chat with and he prays for you. He reminds you there is a table he has set for coffee, tea or water. There is just nothing special about him. He just carries out the service normally. He has no special name like G.O or daddy etc. I just cant explain the simplicity of the 3 white pastors I met. At the end of the service they stand at the door for a goodbye handshake.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Schwartz: 12:57pm On May 22, 2016
Service today

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by thesicilian: 12:58pm On May 22, 2016
1. why are u moving from church to church?

2. as for the loudspeaker issue, the reason we use them here is that our congregations are usually very large sometimes running into thousands. Don't for forgot the largest church in the world which is over 50,000 capacity in a single auditorium is in Nigeria, how do you address such a crowd without a public address system? Thought I must confess though, there are a few small churches who have no business with loudspeakers but use them anyway...

3. As for the one about pastors and their ego, well i think you're 99.995% right.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Schwartz: 1:00pm On May 22, 2016
The man in blue is a Christian from Afghanistan shocked

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by snapchatvideos(f): 1:12pm On May 22, 2016
hmmmm
Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Mrbigman1(m): 1:13pm On May 22, 2016
Here, we carry everything for head in an empty container

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Schwartz: 1:15pm On May 22, 2016
No multiple offerings: the offering basket is usually close to the exit door. In the three churches in three different cities I attendend I have never heard a call for offering. At the end of the service as you exit you may choose to drop an offering, any amount of your choice.

No special seat for anyone: No special seat or special recognition for any titled person or senior politician etc. Nobody cares if you got money or not. No one is treated differently by the pastor or any member. Persons called to take the mic few times are people who are involved in missionary works. To intimate the congregation on efforts so far. Some people here just live to do missionary work alone. Its amazing.

Every one is friendly: Its kind of intimidating being the only black around. The members want to know your name, what you do, where you are from and what's happening with you. Everyone introduces themselves with a smile and a handshake. They make you feel at home, like a brother. I remember when we were told to wait for Mexican food because the Mexicans in the church were celebrating their anniversary. After taking food, I sat at a corner to eat. Lo and behold everyone was calling me to come seat with them and eat. It felt nice smiley

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Schwartz: 1:18pm On May 22, 2016
Lalasticlala please come and move my ministry to the permanent site grin

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Nobody: 1:21pm On May 22, 2016
@schwartz

Nigerian churches would have adhered to the noise pollution act, but all we have in place are laws, no enforcement. The most annoying ones are the white garment churches in Lagos, they can make noise for Africa! cheesy

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by alorax2(f): 1:23pm On May 22, 2016
Wish all naija churches can do d same

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by titiakins: 1:25pm On May 22, 2016
Africa need to learn from these

Look at them!


You would think it a fellowship
And that will encourage people to come


Not thinking about what to wear or which car to drive in

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by marshalcarter: 1:31pm On May 22, 2016
thesicilian:
1. why are u moving from church to church?

2. as for the loudspeaker issue, the reason we use them here is that our congregations are usually very loud sometimes running into thousands. Don't for forgot the largest church in the world which is over 50,000 capacity in a single auditorium is in Nigeria, how do you address such a crowd without a public address system? Thought I must confess though, there are a few small churches who have no business with loudspeakers but use them anyway...

3. As for the one about pastors and their ego, well i think you're 99.995% right.
Bros J....I've gone to play in one foursquare gospel church...ppl der are up to 5000 nd dey have only 3 speakers....so WTF are u telling meundecided


Sum churches with no atmosphere are havin lyk 15-17 speakers inside. Church...shey dem wan sing song wey go reach heaven ni I knw sey na dat kain church u dey gogrin

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by thesicilian: 1:37pm On May 22, 2016
marshalcarter:

Bros J....I've gone to play in one foursquare gospel church...ppl der are up to 5000 nd dey have only 3 speakers....so WTF are u telling meundecided


Sum churches with no atmosphere are havin lyk 15-17 speakers inside. Church...shey dem wan sing song wey go reach heaven ni I knw sey na dat kain church u dey gogrin

lol. Of course na dat kind church I dey go.

At least you yourself have confirmed that at times speakers can become a necessity.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Nobody: 1:38pm On May 22, 2016
thesicilian:
1. why are u moving from church to church?

2. as for the loudspeaker issue, the reason we use them here is that our congregations are usually very loud sometimes running into thousands. Don't for forgot the largest church in the world which is over 50,000 capacity in a single auditorium is in Nigeria, how do you address such a crowd without a public address system? Thought I must confess though, there are a few small churches who have no business with loudspeakers but use them anyway...

3. As for the one about pastors and their ego, well i think you're 99.995% right.
My brother, I agree with the op on No 2, he is talking about external horn speakers and not internal speakers. Even the internal speakers can open the ears of the deaf. Yet the ministers shout into the mic. Our culture is soo off, we do everything with aggression.
I 've had to walk out of some church gatherings after changing seats thrice yet my head was vibrating with the speakers. No one should give me migraine in the name of religion

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Nobody: 1:41pm On May 22, 2016
marshalcarter:

Bros J....I've gone to play in one foursquare gospel church...ppl der are up to 5000 nd dey have only 3 speakers....so WTF are u telling meundecided


Sum churches with no atmosphere are havin lyk 15-17 speakers inside. Church...shey dem wan sing song wey go reach heaven ni I knw sey na dat kain church u dey gogrin
I'm a foursquarian too, it's become a norm for us to keep the noise levels down. At my local church, we don't use external speakers. And there is always a sound decibel check. That's the kinda church I love.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by thesicilian: 1:53pm On May 22, 2016
sapiosexual1:

My brother, I agree with the op on No 2, he is talking about external horn speakers and not internal speakers. Even the internal speakers can open the ears of the deaf. Yet the ministers shout into the mic. Our culture is soo off, we do everything with aggression.
I 've had to walk out of some church gatherings after changing seats thrice yet my head was vibrating with the speakers. No one should give me migraine in the name of religion
Well, on the issue of external speakers, I have no defence. Maybe its for people who live around but are not able to come into the church, I don't know. I personally don't like it

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by divinehand2003(m): 1:57pm On May 22, 2016
Nice one.
Its good to hear that people still attend churches over there.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Eke40seven(m): 2:03pm On May 22, 2016
This is similar to my experience in an English speaking church in Europe too. The members are from predominantly English speaking countries too; Americans, New Zealanders, Australia, South Africans (whites), Great Britain and the likes. What astounds me most is that, the church is located in a veeerrry well-to-do community, in Bavaria. However, you will not find anyone putting on expensive 'agbada' and the latest designs to intimidate, neither do they come along as proud or haughty. One grey haired man walked up to me and said "Hi! I am Joe!". In my mind, I was like, back in Nigeria, I will be crucified for not hitting my head on the floor in full prostration to magnify and call him chief elder prof something something and these guys live in a wealthy community! All top shots in one thing and well travelled but in their simplicity, they will sit humbly and wanna talk about everything with you! In Naija church, I know how many 'head bowings" and 'sir' or 'ma' I will have to answer for each words uttered and the opportunity to talk to the rich, a privilege.
Offering nko? They never mentioned. Back in Naija, I would have been forced to part with whatever you have in the name of seeds. You will think our pastors studied agric science or farming with the breeds and species of problems mentioned and solutions each seed portrays. We have reduced our churches to fund raising business enterprises and have lost focus of the main reasons why the churches were set up.
The pastor introduced himself in his name, had a good handshake, he would also involve himself in services too, everyone gets along. I was awed.
We all need to go back to the basics mehn!!

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Eke40seven(m): 2:05pm On May 22, 2016
sapiosexual1:

I'm a foursquarian too, it's become a norm for us to keep the noise levels down. At my local and church, we don't use external speakers. And there is always a sound decibel check. That's the kinda church I love.
.I love so many things about 4square too cos I am a card carrying member but placing loudspeaker around is certainly one of the things we do.

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by buharisbae(f): 2:31pm On May 22, 2016
Catholic church do use inner loudspeaker buh op u b gay? y u snapping that mans ass?? undecided

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by yomalex(m): 6:23pm On May 22, 2016
Ok
Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by ichommy(m): 6:24pm On May 22, 2016
Schwartz

Nizza Bruder, Du fehlst uns auf Deutsch Thread. Wie geht's?

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by augster(m): 6:26pm On May 22, 2016
Na only nigeria churches dey make noise and congregation must contribute money cause pastor wan buy new car

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Eslopy(m): 6:26pm On May 22, 2016
eh

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by loomer: 6:27pm On May 22, 2016
Na simple dressing u see, u no see the ones wey dey smoke in front of church?

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by toyinid78: 6:29pm On May 22, 2016
sapiosexual1:

I'm a foursquarian too, it's become a norm for us to keep the noise levels down. At my local and church, we don't use external speakers. And there is always a sound decibel check. That's the kinda church I love.
guys. I need ur help I want my. Church to. Grow. Its foursquare in. Iyana ipaja. I did a. Lot yet we never grow,I even. Made a. Movie. Under foursquare to make d church grow
Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by deife(m): 6:30pm On May 22, 2016
Schwartz:
Lalasticlala please come and move my ministry to the permanent site grin

lmao. You're so funny.
Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by Generalkorex(m): 6:30pm On May 22, 2016
Ok
Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by ichommy(m): 6:30pm On May 22, 2016
Mrbigman1:
Here, we carry everything for head in an empty container

grin GBAM!!!

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Re: My Experience At Church Service In Germany by nbright: 6:31pm On May 22, 2016
When in Rome

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