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I have visited this church several times, and was disappointed each time. The people I came into contact with were snobby and not at all friendly (except for the greeter, but it is his or her job to be nice). One time I came in just as the service was starting and could not find a seat. There were empty seats, but whenever I asked the person next to the empty seat if I could sit there, I was told "sorry I'm saving this seat for someone." (The "someones" never showed up). I finally asked an usher to find me a seat. He found an empty seat and asked the lady "is this seat taken?" She rolled her eyes and said nothing. She did not speak to me or greet me during the part of the service where people shake hands and say hello. Other times when I visited, I arrived early and sat there by myself, no one around me even acknowledged me or asked if I was a guest or needed help. This is a huge church and filled with a majority of wealthy people, guess I'm beneath them because I am middle class! The pastor drives a Jaguar and drives up in front of the church after the service to say goodbye, and of course show off his ride. He wears tons of gold jewelry.
I did not feel like a welcomed guest at this church. Also this is a charismatic church so if you do not like LOUD music and people dancing in the aisles, waving hands, or people babbling in tongues, go elsewhere. One time I got freaked out because the lady next to me started waving her hands in the air and babbling "ba ba be be bo bo" over and over.

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  • Ex
    exie Jun 18, 2009

    psychos!

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  • Ra
    randyo29 Jul 15, 2009

    I have been attending Church in the Son for about 3-4 months. I have never encountered what this person is referring to. This church is amazingly friendly, has the best childrens ministry I have ever seen, and I have definately grown spiritually since attending. Also, the ba-ba-ba-be-bo remarks from this person probably give a good clue on why they never made friends with anyone. Who wants to befriend someone with a heart like that. Anyway, I hope that they will find a church that meets their likeness. Godbless.

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    Don Juan DeMarco Jul 19, 2009

    Amazing such a site exists. I'm sure it has a purpose but, when fools are allowed to banter and lie about a church such as this, ... it makes me a bit upset. You see, I've been going to this church for about four years now. I have no idea what the writer is talking about. In fact, the Orlando Weekly Newspaper who is NOT church friendly, ... named this the "friendliest church in Orlando."

    A few other corrections, ...
    1. Pastor Alex does drive a Jag. He bought it used and it was five years old when he bought it.
    2. Pastor Alex wears a wedding ring and a simple watch, nothing fancy. Never has!
    3. Name a church or sporting event or concert where people are not saving seats. Give me a break!

    Sad that some will find the opportunity to ramble and cast doubt on such a place as this. As far as churches go, it is the best I've been to. It must pretty good, nearly 4, 000 call it home.

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  • Li
    livingwithpassion Aug 30, 2009

    I am so sorry that this person felt that way and I would ask her to give it another try with a clean heart!!! Its appears that she has been hurt and was looking for a place where she would feel comforted. However, it goes both ways. Everything is NOT all about us. What if the person next to her needed someone to talk to just as well or needed someone to acknowledge him/her???? This person herself to be selffish and not thinking about anyone else but herself. You too have to make the effort to reach out of your comfort zone and meet people. Why couldn't see have introduced her self while she sat there. See, that is what is wrong with most people, they want everyone to come and baby them!!! Get over it now!!! You needed to start reaching out to people instead of wanting people to reach out to you. Pastor Alex was a business man and it is perfectly ok for him to wear a watch and his ring. Have you ever heard about speaking in tongues??? It is in the Bible!!! May the LORD heal your heart of all the pain and brokeness you have inside and may He help you to love with a clean heart my.

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  • Li
    livingwithpassion Aug 30, 2009

    I think the person was saying who wants to be friends with her because she as criticizing the way the woman next to her was worshiping. Her comment appeared to be "mocking" the woman. I don't agree with that comment. But, I do agree that the person in the complaint appeared to have issues because she was critical of everything. I have NEVER seen the pastor be flashy or pulled his car around to show off. Lets face it a jaguar is really not expensive these days... who care!!! What about all those movie stars, singers, rappers, ball players, etc... they do NOTHING to enrich our lives yet they make tons of money and blow it on foolish things and we the people keep making them richer because we are patrons of theirs. Why can't a person that it doing the Lord's work and trying to lead us in the right direction have nice things!!! Again, I am reminded that when people go to these concerts and ball games they go wild but when they enter into church they are cold and numb with hands crossed and everything and expect everyone to kiss they butts. However, they can go to some game or concert where the person does not even know their name or care about them and worship that star!!! It is a shame. We should go to church with our hearts ready to worship the LORD no matter what is going on around us because they it what we "should" be going there to do.

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  • Al
    All4God Aug 31, 2009

    Totally disagree with this person's comment. I've been at church in the son for about a year and half now, and it's hands down one of the best churches I've ever been to--and I've been to a LOT. Pastor Alex is a very warm and loving pastor. He has a heart for people and most importantly he has a heart for God. I'm sorry the original poster felt like people were ignoring her, but sometimes part of the problem in the church is that people take offense to EVERYTHING. We need to examine our own hearts instead of projecting our issues or wrongful assumptions onto others. Additionally, I would like to caution you about badmouthing a church or a pastor. It will not bode well for you with the Lord. Remember what happened to the Israelites in the camp that were grumbling against Moses and Aaron? It's one thing to have an opinion about a church or pastor (and if it's negative it should be kept to yourself), it's a whole other level to make a public statement on a website and talk bad about a man of God and his church. I would be careful if I were you...

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    hope2009895 Sep 03, 2009

    Wow. Christians all hating everyone. That was Jesus' message. As for wealthy pastors or wealthy anyones for that matter: "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Mat 19:16-30). As for opinions about pastors or anything else, All4God, we're all entitled to them - and God gave you a brain to question and think. He really does want us to use them. Perhaps Rosanna's Mom has never been in a charismatic church before or heard someone speaking in tongues? I've been in that position, and I'll admit, I was freaked out and concerned and asking the friend I went with, what was going on. I probably would have described it in the same way Rosanna's Mom did. If she had a bad experience, she had a bad experience. It was her's, not yours. Maybe we should make sure, the next time we're in church, to not let that experience happen again . . . for anyone. Because, you're all about conversion and opening people's hearts to Jesus right? So love . . . and let people's experiences be what they will . . . but control your own actions. Jeesh.

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  • Rl
    rldbusfinserv Sep 04, 2009

    As a member of Church In The Son 4 years, I too have encountered coolness. However as I continued to attend the church. I learned through Pastors' teaching that not everyone you come in contact in the church has reached the point of spirituality that Christ would want use all to reach. In the parable of the wheat and tares, Matthew 13:24-30. Jesus is saying let the saved and the unsaved come together, and at the end he will separate. So don't focus on the people, but only Jesus Christ for him and him alone. For he is the one you will have to answer to on the day of judgement. It is not uncommon to invite someone to church, and they not show up. It has happen to me. I believe by time the offering is taken any visitor you are saving a set for should have arrived. Pastor as given the Users authority over the floor and if the set is not taken by a certain time the set should be given up. I thank God the church is full of rich people. That is where the wealth is suppose to be. Psalms 112; Blessed Is The Man Who Fears The Lord. John 14:15-26 Jesus explains the need for all of use to seek the Holy Spirit. You think the music was loud in the church. When we all get to Heaven, oh what a day of rejoicing there will be. When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory.

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  • Bl
    blessed nana Sep 14, 2009

    Wow. My husband is on the pastoral staff at Church in the Son and if you come back, I'll gladly offer you the seat next to me. I pray that when you attend any church, you keep in mind that people make mistakes and that if you overlook this fact and come for the message, your heart will be filled with warmth rather that coolness. I ask that you forgive those that have offended you. I was hurt by people in churches in the past, but I had to overcome these things and give Jesus my attention. It took a few years, but I'm so glad I did!!!

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  • Mw
    MW4 Dec 05, 2009

    I have been going to Church in the Son for almost 4 months now and cannot find one thing wrong with this Church, the Pastor or any of his Staff. I have never encountered a Church that is filled with the Holy Spirit such as this one is. I am also getting "fed" by the Message every week. I love it so much I have to stay for two out of their three Sunday services. I would recommend this Church to anyone without a shadow of a doubt. I feel sorry that the complaintant in this thread misunderstood or jumped to some incorrect conclusions. You are in a public place, surrounded by other people from all walks of life and at different stages of their walk. Part of the responsibility of being a Christian is to love others unconditionally just as God loves you. Once you get to that point, you know how to "put up with" the "snobbery" of others and it doesn't bother you like it did when you wrote the original complaint. To the complaintant: Please give this Church one last chance, you will not be disappointed, I promise you. Just have an open heart and open mind. This is truly the best Church I have ever been to.

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  • Po
    Ponderingsofasimplesoul Dec 05, 2009

    Wow. That's all I have to say to those that commented that this woman has a problem with her heart...this was just her experience. She doesn't need more faith, a more loving heart, or any of that nonsense. If I went to a Church or any other organization multiple times and experienced a lack of warmth or compassion each time, I'd probably be upset too--especially if it was in a place where the people preach being loving and living with compassion and forgiveness. And money doesn't belong in the church, or what have you, money is a man made concept. Shouldn't only God and love "belong" in the church?

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  • Ra
    randyo29 Dec 05, 2009

    Wow...I think the person who made this last comment is confused about what they are saying. First, I think there would have been a slightly different response to the original comment had they not mocked the worship (whether they agree with the style, or not) of people in the church. I do think there should be a question of their heart. And yes, that is their own personnal view, however, this is a comment board and one should not be surprised when oppositional opinions are expressed. Lastly, money is not a man made concept. God ordered a tithe in the Old Testament (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5) and continued the command in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 16:2; James 1:5). Churches don't function without financial contributions from the body. Many pastors are afraid to preach on the sensitive subject of money and giving because of people's lack of obedience in God's word, which is quite sad. Anyway, I hope that people will see my intentions, as they are simply to contend for the faith. Love in Christ.

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  • De
    DeliverUsFromEvil Jan 07, 2010
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    Amazing how the enemy places a forum such as this, in a position whereby people who have no knowledge of the church itself, the pastor or the heart of the vision of the church is even considered ... or known! One positive comment is commented by a negative which totally fuels the fire and creates DISTRACTIONS in us being able to speak life into those who truly need it. So what I'm doing even now as I comment, is allowing my time to also be wasted as surely another will follow up with an even greater negative comment. People let it end HERE. Please, please do not feed this any longer. STOP defending Pastor Alex, Church In The Son or doing anything IN THIS PARTICULAR FORUM which will rob you of your time when you could instead be loving another. For those of you who desire to sew discontent into another, know that this is one of the things that God hates!

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  • Ro
    RoxiN Jun 06, 2010

    I believe that it is the responsibility of someone that posts a site like this to read and evaluate comments before posting. One woman made a negative comment and it is found when google the Church in the Son. This leaves negative feelings for individuals that want to find a church home.

    I have been attending the church for some time and find the people to be friendly and I have grown from Pastor Alex. One thing that I have learned over the years is that no church is perfect because it is made up of people like you and me. If we were perfect why would we feel that we need a perfect Savior.

    Roxanne

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  • La
    LaDonaSofia Jun 17, 2010

    I pray for God's mighty arms to surround you and comfort you and whisper His love for you until you are filled with the Holy Spirit and can speak love and kindness towards your brothers and sisters in Christ. This is God's command that Alex Clattenburg reminds us of every Sunday. Please come back and let us shine our love on you.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Sophia

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  • La
    LaDonaSofia Jun 17, 2010

    Hurting People Hurt People...come back and let us heal you.

    We love you!

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    I'm Netzarim Jul 11, 2010
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    Friends, I totally disagree w/ Rosanna's mom's report; I am also very sorry if she experienced any of that. I agree w/ some of the other posts that perhaps the woman she sat next to was in more need of compassion/understanding and so was unable to reach out to another; many seek God/YHWH when they are hurting the most and in need of spiritual/emotional fellowship. I have had difficulty finding a seat on my own(others seated too sparsely) but the friendly ushers were always there to assist :) My parents have attended CITS for several years and are currently the greeters; I can assure you that my parents are that nice 24/7, not just during church, lol. I have known Pastor Alex since 1983 and he has never been flashy in attire nor jewelry, that I've ever seen, and I have never seen/known (or cared actually) what type car he drives. Pastor Alex is a very spirit led, dynamic, soft spoken, engaging speaker who lovingly reaches out to people w/ the humble intent of offering revelation of The Gospel to those who will hear; he is only sincere. I have only attended CITS a few times ( I attended Calvary Assembly for many years when he was pastor there) and was surprised that I *didn't* hear anyone speaking in tongues at CITS; perhaps they actually do, ??. Even though I don't attend there ( I am Messianic Israelite; 7yr's ago, Yahushua called me to seek my Jewish roots and so I celebrate Saturday Shabbat, the biblical Feasts, etc. and no longer celebrate Sunday as Sabbath, nor Christmas or Easter(pagan roots)) still I could not allow a false report to go against a wonderful man of YHWH such as Alex Clattenburg :) I will pray for Rosanna's mom that she will seek Yahushua first and only, rather than man (for man can fail us so easily and YHWH cannot), and that her heart can forgive those who have unintentionally offended her. Shalom to all :)

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  • Ed
    Eddie7769 Jul 18, 2010

    I tatally disagree with this person. I am new at Church In The Son and honestly it it by far the friendliest church I have ever been to. I lost count on how many times I was greeted and aproached for conversation. The sincere and warm greetings gave me such a great feeling that my family and I decided we had to go back for more. I was even shocked to have recieved calls from members of the church and I believe a total of 3 different pastors. Before visiting Church In The Son I lost count of how many churches I have been to. Litteraly I can say that I have visited more than 50 churches from every kind and form of religion out there. In my opinion Church In The Son is a great role model for how all churches should be. Okay now regarding the first comment, no one dances in the aisles. People sing, clap, and move to the music in their own spaces. As for loud music Church In The Son has the best sound system I have ever heard and its just at the right sound levels. I am sorry that the initial person who posted this complaint had such a bad experience I almost feel they mentioned the wrong church. I can not believe we are talking about the same church. The bible lets us know that the devil has powers we can not go against without praying and asking God to protect and guide us agianst him. I feel the you were probably under a real strong attack by the devil himself. I would also question myself very seriously, why?
    Please visit again but this time pray that God be with you and that he shows you what a real church, Church In The Son can be. Ask to be guided by the Spirit and that your eyes be open to the good in the church. Also, remember that all churches have good and bad people. No matter where you go this will always be the case. Some one once told me that when I found the perfect church it would be ruined because I was there, lol. Whether you visit Church In The Son again or not please pray that God leads you to where you will be happy. God Bless You, I will pray for you starting now.

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  • Mo
    Moni1290 Jul 19, 2010

    I can’t negate Rosanna’s mom comments for it was her experience, her feelings and unfortunately, her disappointment. What I can do is share my experience since I first stepped through the doors of Church in the Son after being invited by my brother about 2 years ago. Church in the Son has changed my life! What is even better than having your life completely change for the better is to see the life of countless others also change because of this church. I believe the works they do (mostly volunteers) is truly driven by and done for the Lord. My relationship with God went from being non-existent to having a committed and loving bond. From being a “wavering Christian” to having faith. From being circumstantially happy to experiencing deep joy and peace. I had to make a choice to make these changes occur over time, but know this would not have happened had I turned down my brother’s invitation.

    I can’t begin to count the number of hugs and encouragement I get every Sunday. When I leave, I feel refreshed and more spiritually driven. What I also love about the church is the diversity of the people, their culture, their backgrounds and their financial status. Once you get more involved with the people of this church, you learn that like many of us, they have good things in their lives, but also have struggles with loss and disappointment. It’s nice though, that members of the church are there to support you not only on Sunday but also during the week through their small groups and other activities.

    If you listen to 88.3 fm radio station, you will love the music. Some people worship silently, some raise their hands, some cry, others laugh and know of one gentleman (I won’t mention which service) that does dance on the aisle. This is just his way of worshipping the Lord and frankly, I think is beautiful (after all people jump and dance during music concerts :-)). That’s the thing about this church, you can worship any way you want or any way you are driven by the Holy Spirit when you let him move you. There’s love here and feel lucky to be part of it.

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  • Ci
    CITS Lover Jul 25, 2010
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    If the original post had the experience she described, then that is sad - but certainly not the experience I have had at Church in the Son - but her comment about the pastor wearing a ton of gold jewelry - that is the part that gets me because that is completely false. I have known Pastor Alex for over five years and have never seen him wear flashy gold jewelry - unless you count a wedding ring and a watch! For someone to throw that comment in as a negative is what causes me to question her entire post.

    I am sure that you can find something to question or criticize at any church meeting - but when comments are thrown in that are provably false, you have to question motive. I have been attending Church in the Son for years and I have met some of the most Christ-like people there. When my oldest son took his own life, the church surrounded us with so much love it was unbelievable. Pastor Alex was the greatest encouragement to us - he called me regularly asking me how we were doing and offering to pray for us and doing everything he could to encourage us... and he does this for MANY people. He is a very genuine person and he has made a great impact in my life. When my mother-in-law passed away earlier this year he was there again for our family - always with love and concern.

    You can do a drive-by at any church in the world and catch them on a bad day, or perhaps sit around people that are having their own personal crises and are not attentive to you as a visitor, but over the course of over five years I have felt genuine love and acceptance from the Pastor and members of this church - and I have heard testimonies of so many others experiencing the same thing - from people who were just out of prison, to those who were involved in prostitution, to those who had drug problems, to those who had experienced homosexuality - all of these and more I have met in our church and they all were met and welcomed with the love of Jesus that takes us as we are, and motivates and changes us to become like Christ!! THAT is what I know of Church in the Son... and THAT is what has changed my life and the lives of so many others. My prayer is that someone might read this and realize that this is the place to be loved - and in so doing come visit and allow us to love you into the arms of Jesus Christ! Everyone is MORE than welcome, you are the reason the church does so much outreach, so that our church can be a place for you to feel welcome and loved.

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  • Ni
    Nickiey777 Aug 17, 2010

    Well I've been attending Church in the son for 3 years now. I must admit that I don't feel welcomed and people in this church are snooty but I still go because I'm allowing the holy spirit to guide me. My father in law was a pastor there and has since left this church because of, well things that were not right but as a family we respect the Lord's House. I agree this church has lost alot of members because of so much input on this new building and how they are segreating their members because of your status. ( I have proof of this) But as the Lord sees fit he comes into people's heart and changes them. The pastor and his wife has a power greater than them to answer to and so to say that he will send people to them and if they fail the test(in which they have walked by me and my family and ran to shake hands of the wealthier person standing by us upon leaving) then the Lord will hold them accountable. I read the article about the black history program there in the paper and i was surprised because african americans are not introduced nor showed any reconigition. Only if they are contributing to the building but we all are not perfect. I'm still going there but am looking for another church home because of this reason and the music is all rock and roll and the same people participating. You have to go through a bank account check in order to sing and a background check in order to be attending.

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    TCR3 Sep 16, 2010
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    The best way I can sum up the above discussion that seems to be going back and forth is:

    NONE OF US are perfect (even the best intended believers on a good day in their lives). Mankind has inherited a corrupt nature given to sinful behavior because of the fall from grace in Eden.
    --Romans 3:23 - "For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
    Give everyone a 2nd chance, 3rd chance, 4th, etc...Whatever it takes to either SEE the light or to FIND IT hidden in others.

    We should not be SO CRITICAL of others and more critical of our own selves and actions...
    --Luke 6:37 - "JUDGE NOT, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: FORGIVE, and ye shall be forgiven."

    --1 John 3:23-24 - "And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to LOVE ONE ANOTHER as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us."
    :)
    TCR

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  • Me
    melissa0210 Sep 18, 2010

    I'm going to stick with Tara Psychic Medium after this one.

    Lord have mercy!

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  • Na
    NatashaSharese88 Oct 25, 2010

    I moved to Orlando in January to attend UCF and I was looking for a church home. I take my spirituality and church home seriously. After attending Church in the Son, I am blown away. Everyone was super friendly, the pastor personally took myself and a friend around the church introducing us to others so we can become family. Great church Great members..point BLANK.

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  • Al
    Allieskids01 Dec 29, 2010

    I was lucky enough to be brought back to Jesus by a dear friend of mine, who had been bringing my children to Wednesday night and Sunday services for 2 years before I came back to Christ. I can honestly say, I am so happy she insisted I come to service. I went one Sunday, and have only missed on day in almost 3 months due to illness. It is a loving Church. Pastor Alex is a sweet sweet man. He really cares about the people. He remembers everyone. I met him at my second service, and about 2 months later I had the unfortunate circumstance of returning on a weekday for a Memorial Service. At the reception, he came up to me and hugged myself and my husband. He remembered us! I just attended the Christmas Eve service that my children sang in, and believe me, it was the most moving service I have ever been to! I think the previous poster should give the Church another chance. I have NEVER seen anything that she is talking about. The people always greet you when the pastor asks us to. He does not wear flashy jewelry! He wears a white shirt and jeans with his wedding ring and a watch most of the time. I love this church.

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    heytherejaykay Jan 02, 2011

    I am a 16 year old who attends CITS. I have NEVER seen the pastor wear gold chains and drive up to the front of the church to show off his jaguar. I'm not much of a talkative person when I'm around people but the people there welcomed my family and I and treat us like family. everyone there is so loving and caring and openminded and happy. They help you when they know you're feeling down and they're there for you. I've never encountered one angry soul in this church and I've been going for 4 years now. my family is middle classed and not once has anyone rolled their eyes at us or looked down on us because most of the church IS middle classed. They show you how christians should be: excited for God, loving everyone, and just happy people trusting the Lord.

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  • Ja
    Jason P. Winkler Mar 23, 2011

    Yes I have moved from the area but I really enjoyed all of my experiences at Church In the Son and will visit anytime I have a chance to. Fools walk in blindness I am afraid and canot see the light. There are so many wonderfull people at church in the son. I had encountered nothing but excellent fellowship and made life long friends who are allways there for me. Please do not post anymore negative feedback concerning this church. Fighting the good fight is tough enough as it is

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  • Ra
    randomperson13 Apr 29, 2011

    I have been going to CITS for almost 2 yrs and I too have experienced some of the snobbish behavior
    My first Sunday there I went to guest central and was so excited because quite honestly the sermons are always awesome, inspiring, and very spirit leading. Pastor walked up to me, shook my hand, took a look at my sticker for having childREN in GAK, probably deduced I was a single mom and the whole demeanor changed. I have written many prayer requests, some when I was extremely depressed beyond belief and have never received a call. There is definitely some kind of divide BUT I'll tell u what, never have I experienced such spiritual growth. These snobby leaders sure do know their Bible. They love the lord and I think they love everyone there genuinely. They do have a church to grow, a business to run (so it doesn't go broke) and ministries to fund. I will continue to attend bc I have NEVER in my life felt closer to God and I've been going to church since before I was born! So find your place and make it what you want
    I go yo small group every week, Wednesday, and most Sundays, and s volunteer for two ministries.

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  • Ra
    randomperson13 Apr 29, 2011

    Also it does hurt to feel discriminated against or judged but once you truely get into the word of God and understand the true love of Jesus the little things won't matter too much. Hmmm this post has me thinking back the only out right blatant rudeness I encountered in the years I've been a member was from someone who I found put is a four ding member and runs a ministry that I admire so much. Again when you truely aspire to love those around you no matter what you can look at instances like these and laugh and whole heartedly pray and empathize for the
    wrong doer. ...or you could look at it as God blessing those who tithe and do his work. Which came first: the wealth or the Christian? LOL OK now I'm being silly. I truely love the lessons I've learned and the peace I've gained under the spiritual leadership of CITS. I made a specific prayer to be led to a place where i eill be inspired to read the bible, learn more and necome more devoted to my father. At this moment CITS is where i need to be. God bless all of you!

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    Drew81 May 25, 2012

    I started going to this church around 1 month ago after i went to the
    God encounter that they put on and i will be staying with the Church in the son
    Being 30 years old and never really going to church before Pastor Alex and the staff
    and the people that go there have always made me feel like family and they
    show you that they do care about every one.I hope you will come back with
    A opened heart and mind and see how big the family is there
    God Bless

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  • Wi
    Willie Nelson1 Jun 30, 2012

    We have been attending CITS for about 1 year. I am a Evangelist, and Worship Artist. Since 1978 I have been to many Churches. From the very first time that I attended a service there, I have fell in love with Pastor Alex, I immediately recognized the anointing
    on his life and ministry, after seeking God We became a members, by attending the Navigate sessions required. This is one of the few Churches that is truly trying to bring unity to the Body of Jesus Christ, this is a place where Fathers can learn how to love God, the Wife and the Children, and even the unlovable. If you are seeking a Church to call home where the presence of the Lord is, where people of all walks of life get Born Again, at every service, thousands have been helped and healed. Willie Nelson1

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  • Ru
    Rude Staples Manager Jun 30, 2012

    @Tasha8
    You make a good point

    With this person's tone in the review I can see why Tasha would come to this conclusion.

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    helpLord Aug 11, 2012
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    Marcie at the church is not very well connected with God. She made a simple situation a bad one. How do you turn away the last 5 children in line for a balloon. The children were waiting over an hour. Some missed eating and other things just for a balloon. And she got very nasty about because a parent that didn't even have a child in line spoke up for them politely. Marcie made her to be the bad person and even got security. This lady never raised her voice at marcie. So then because the lady refrained from talking to Marcy anymore and didn't want to shake her hand, Marcie threaten her with not getting bookbags for her children. Marcie never apologized. That lady left the church feeling heavy. She already going through it as a single parent. Feeling like killing herself because life just seems to be too much. Marcie that blood is on your hands. People should feel welcomed in the house of God.

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    MyrockMysalvation Dec 30, 2012

    I have to disagree. Honestly, I was hesitant to attend this church, as I do not personally believe in the "speaking of tongues"...as in the bible I read, I believe it is "hearing" a foreign language in that of your own native language, not what the Pentecostal's believe it to be. With that said, knowing Pastor Alex used to Pastor at Calvary Assembly, I was a little scared at what I may encounter at CITS. I also believe it is important to realize that faith is not about emotions...emotions can be deceiving...yet another reason why I am cautious of charismatic/Pentecostal I have been attending on Wednesdays and Sundays for several months and I have yet to experience anyone speaking in tongues. People clap, people shout "alleluia" when they're moved by something said, people "dance" or sway to the music in their own personal spaces and people raise their hands to the Lord. Though I was cautious about attending and had to really get used to the more "active" and "lively" church members, I have come to really enjoy this church. Everyone is smiling...everyone is nice...you really feel the presence of God. People don't care about what is happening around them, they praise God in whatever way they feel led to and people accept other's form of worship and don't judge. I like that about this church. It is truly non-denominational. Yes, there are things that are more charismatic than other non-denominational churches..but many of the current members are former Calvary members, so it is to be expected that there are some who will be more charismatic than others. All I know is...I really enjoy this church and I am glad I started attending despite the fact that I was cautious at first. God is using this church!

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    Forever yours Nov 23, 2013

    I just saw this site and wanted to comment. My friend and sister in Christ has attend CITS for over 9 years. There has been alot of changes especially since the new santuary came into place. There are what you call clicks in the church and yes indeed snobby people that is a fact. All in all I think there is no perfect church and CITS is not perfect. My friend did so much at the church and volunteer at everything and alot of people know this person. However, when they have been absent for awhile and not going due to other obligations unfortuately having to work to survive and not taking away from their faith or belief etc, not one person contacted them to see if they were ok or anything. They could of been dead or something. You would think when you have someone so devoted to their church and serves in everything for God with out fail and on Sunday's so much someone would say .. where is so and so. Make a call do something but nothing. Alot of people have left that church who were in standing and they lost alot of good Pastors there due to running a church like a business instead of The House of God. My friend has been so confused about things there. Return or not return still no one has contacted them, yet they will also send a text or email checking how others are. Also a church should not make people feel like they do not matter despite their means or ways in life. God is the judge not the church or its people. I was not impressed due to never got a call etc when filling out the paper for attending etc. My friend still has a great deal of hope for the church, but in some ways does not trust those in authority. They use that power and not always in the right way. I could say more but I am not judging the church or those in it., but truth is truth and CITS still has alot of work to do to have people feel apart of the House of God. The Pastor can not even remember peoples names unless they are apart of the so called click. How can you not know who his sheep are. One thing is he did remember my friend by name all the time. Anyways, let God lead you to the right church and if CITS is not it then so be it. Pray for the church and its people let God be God. Continue to workship and believe even if you do not find that perfect church.

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    Dr. AMP Dec 15, 2013

    Every comment I read on this post exhibited some truth, be it negative or positive. I have attended services at CITS for three years, with my share of negative and positive experiences, and some disappointments. As hurt as I may have felt, I continued going because the message was good and inspirational. There was truth in the messages shared by the pastor. When I think of God's holiness, I only wish to hide myself in shame of my imperfections. I rest in the fact that He loves me despite my despicable condition. As C.S. Lewis once stated, "All truth is God's truth". If its "truth", it doesn't matter what the source is because it originates from God. If we can't accept that, then we have an issue with pride or you're an atheist, or something else. The pastor's message met my spiritual needs at the time.
    People are people, imperfect. Yes, the church has its clicks, but so do most churches, large and small. Like people tend to flock towards each other. Its human nature. We all do it to one extent or another. Large churches have it at a grander scale due to consisting of a larger population. As a psychologist, I can empathize with everyone's comments on this post, but most are just expressing a defensive posture. Everyone reacts to a stimulus in a different manner. Not everyone is triggered by the same "button(s)". There are many factors that may contribute to one's behavior, be it acceptable or unacceptable behavior. Personality traits, culture, family background, life experiences (environmental factors), etc. also play a role in behavior. When God tells us to judge ourselves before passing judgment on others He is telling us, what is termed in psychology, to be more "self-aware". Another factor to consider is one's Christian worldview. There is plenty of information on this topic one can Goggle.
    Scripture states that the greatest gift of all is unconditional love. Before making a comment or passing judgement, try examining and scrutinize those thoughts and emotions. Weigh them against God's Word, and be slow to speak. The tongue is a two-edged sword. Act on unconditional love, don't react (which is a literal response of the flesh, revealing the condition of one's spirit). An action is a controlled response, while a reaction is an uncontrolled or irresponsible response. Acting means taking control of your reaction before it's exhibited. For example, fear is a reaction. Fear can make even the simplest tasks, like unlocking a door, almost impossible. Its not until you take control of that emotion that the task then becomes manageable. Only then do you begin to see or behave rationally and objectively.
    As for speaking in tongues (glossolalia), Scripture refers to two forms of glossolalia. One form is for the edification of the church, which would include its interpretation (be it a spiritual or human language). The other form is intended for the edification of the individual engaged in glossolalia. In addition, empirical evidence supports glossolalia as being real and not just some babbling. Dr. Andrew Newberg is a American neuroscientist who is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has been a prominent researcher in the field of nuclear medical brain imaging. In particular, his research has focused on the development of neurotransmitter tracers for the evaluation of religiosity as well as neurological and psychiatric disorders including clinical depression, head injury, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. He is also recognized as a pioneer in neurotheology.
    Dr. Newburg has published several research papers postulating that glossolalia is real, from a scientific perspective. It would behoove people to study in order to show themselves approved before speaking on a subject they think they know everything about. In this way they would avoid embarrassing moments. If you are going to argue a position, please be sure to first be prepared to support your argument with scholarly references, regardless of the subject matter.
    I pray that this post serves as a source of enlightenment.
    In Christ,
    Dr. AMP

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    RemnantMan Jan 10, 2014
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    I visited this church. LOUD ROCK in ROLL music. The minister of music had a "mohawk'. I thought weird haircuts were for kids and teenagers. Finally I had to leave.../The loud music gave me such a headache,

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    Kathyann 777 Feb 12, 2014

    Can we all just love each other as Jesus love all of us! And judge not yeast ye be judge. Every Church is different in there own way, but keep in mind we only have one lord and savior! Let the Lord lead your thoughts before we judge one another..

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    lovesjesusforever May 22, 2014

    This is hands down the BEST church I have ever been too. The Pastors have a genuine love for people and a heart for the city. Hurt people hurt people. All of the false statements on here are really funny and I'm quite amused. You could find out for yourself Sundays 9, 11, &1 on sundays and wed night at 7. Check it out and form your own opinion. God loves you no matter what your opinion is.

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    Samuel Cabrera Jun 21, 2014

    Checking this church out tomorrow. Moved here recently from Tampa.

    -Sam

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