The Church at South Las Vegas
I attended this church while on a business trip, having heard about it from a friend of mine. I attended a Sunday Night service (6:00pm) and was met at the door and handed a bulletin, but then had to find both the worship center and a seat on my own. I'm fine with that, but I also knew, mostly, what to expect.
I like loud music. But, the music for this service was WAAAAY too loud....we're talking airplane taking off decibels. The gentleman leading the singing was an excellent musician. I didn't know any of the songs, and that was okay, I don't know if the songs were his (or other band members') arrangements, or whether I'm just not "in" to what's new. The songs, however, were filled with Christian imagery and vocabulary. I was looking for something that would draw me in as a new Christian, looking at it through the eyes of some of my highly intellectual, non-believer friends. There was nothing to draw me in. Not even to make me curious.
The sermon was actually just a recording of the morning's service. Benny Perez, while an engaging speaker, beat the audience over the head with the authority of the Bible. (Sola Scriptura) As a new believer, or a seeker, it was intimidating. He also used lots of absolutes, "Obviously", "Always", "Never"....when the things he was talking about weren't obvious, were interpretations (often his own...which he would preface with "I think"...I did like that), or were simply things with which I didn't agree. He also slammed hard on his authority as a pastor because he was called. I really want to know what his accountability structure is like? I only attended one week, so I can't make any speculations on that.
Then, at the end, a gentleman stood on the platform and did an "altar call" that was extremely broad. Basically, "God is telling me that someone here in the room is feeling like they aren't completely committed to Christ." And twenty people raised their hands, and came forward for prayer. (Cast a wide net, you're bound to catch some fish) They did the laying on of hands, and people falling backward thing....also intimidating to a new believer. I'm all for God doing amazing things, but I guess I would have been more convinced if the guy had said, "God told me there's a guy named Bill from New Mexico in the audience, and that his wife has just left him. God wants Bill to know it's all okay, and that He loves him, cares for him, and is with him. Bill, will you step forward; I'd like to pray for you." I just wasn't convinced that the prayer at the end was "real".
It wasn't my style, I guess. If you are a Chirstian, and want a service that will make you feel secure and happy in your Christianity...then this is a great church. If you're looking for something that is going to be Jesus to a community, or something that seems missional, this isn't your church.