I've always heard preachers blast churches who make their buildings into "centers" or "fellowships" without the traditional pews, piano and organ, etc. Today I got to visit one of these first hand and I was surprised. The "church" has a cafe next to the sanctuary. There's a fireplace with couches and chairs and an area with cafe-style seating. The foyer has comfortable couches and a check-in desk for visitors to ask questions or find directions. The nursery and classrooms are brightly painted, like school rooms, with age appropriate decorations. The bathrooms offer the latest in changing tables and age appropriate facilities for babies, toddlers, and handicapped. I was impressed with the cleanliness and warm, inviting atmosphere. In the auditorium, the "stage" had no pulpit, there were well-padded chairs instead of pews, and the walls were decorated with banners of Bible verses. I disagree with the doctrines of this church (Church of God) but it gave me an eye-opening experience. Perhaps people shun traditional churches in favor of these "centers of fellowship" because the atmosphere is WELCOMING and inviting, instead of stuffy, rigid, and colorless. We could learn something from this.