Yep, that’s happening. We are looking for a church. I am NOT a fan of the words, church shopping but it’s the best way to describe it.  According to there are over 100 churches in the Yakima Valley. We have spent the last month looking for one.

We are looking for a place that is genuine, where people are real and know how to serve each other. We are not religious, we just love Jesus and others.


When it comes to comes to churches, Yakima Valley has plenty to choose from. We are non-dominational, so in reality, what we are looking for is a church with a cool looking website. Deduct points if the coffee house is un-cleverly named, “Holy Grounds”, “Jehovah Java”, “Hebrews”, “Holy Grounds” Or “Bean Redeemed”.

Deduct points is overly eager and uber enthusiastic people greet you like they just found a new BFF.

Deduct points if the speaker has you repeat platitudes to the person nearest you. (“turn to the person next to you and say I am ________!”)  Nope. Just nope.

Deduct points if you say the “amen” as a question – amen?


Deduct points if the drummer thinks he is Lars Ulrich from Metallica.

Deduct points if your pastor likes to show off his tattoos while speaking.

Deduct points if they have “First Time Visitor” parking spots. What’s the over/under on that one?


Add points they have a first time gift for visitors.

Add points if people engage you organically and show genuine interest.

Deduct points if the lights during music flash and dance.

Deduct points if there is dramatic fog on stage. Did Jesus have fog following him around?

Add points if music is done well with care and professionalism

Bonus points if your church has ear plugs at the door. (Music!)

Deduct points if your church has ear plugs at the door. (Loud music!)

Add points if moments of intimacy are created.

Deduct points if the speaker over annunciates. – e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g….


There are some great churches in Yakima. In fact, that may be the problem. There are too many good ones to choose from. I guess that's a good problem to have.


All My Best,

The JimShow

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