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gold digger

Saint Albans, WV

#1 Apr 4, 2012
Does anyone know anything about this church?

Since: Jan 13

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#2 Apr 12, 2013
gold digger wrote:
Does anyone know anything about this church?
No.. I just know they wouldn't answer any of my emails or reply to any of my comments. I googled some info about their past though.
Former Member

Blairsville, PA

#3 Apr 12, 2013
It's fine if you're into cliques, groupthink and eventually getting rid of all of your friends and family who aren't members. I haven't set foot in a church since my time there.
Fmr Attendee River Ridge

Hurricane, WV

#4 Apr 15, 2013
This was once a wonderful church. However, after the long-term pastor retired, the new pastor adopted a leadership approach that removed all semblances of the old organization- Sunday School groups that had met for 20 years were disbanded. He even excommunicated some members from the church for privately disagreeing! My 93 year old mother was forbidden from formally meeting with her other senior friend who had belonged to a women's group for more than 30 years. This was the one thing she looked forward to every week. This was most confusing for her! Anyone who was over 45 was viewed as suspect and certainly not worthy of any position of leadership or authority. This became a bastion of young people and feels very seeker sensitive now. Gone are the "grays". Very very sad!!
Fmr Attendee River Ridge

Hurricane, WV

#5 Apr 15, 2013
Those of us "grays" built that place from the ground up (literally) and were granted a great deal of respect by our beloved former pastor.We were in positions of authority and really worked hard to maintain a family atmosphere that was inclusive off all ages. I am angry to this day about what happened there. So many relationships that were built over thirty plus years were lost because people left the church either by choice or were forced to and ended up attending other places. If you go back and listen to the sermons of the man who took over after our beloved minister left, you will find that they are all about him and directly attack those of us in a older generation. It is a very manipulative attempt to persuade parishoners to jump on his bandwagon. It was so sad how many competent, honest leaders who were volunteers and on paid staff mysteriously were absent as I would look around on a sunday morning service. It still makes me sad how foolish we were to want a new leader to grow our church- we never really asked HOW this was going to happen (move out the grays and recruit lots of young blood)
Fmr Attendee River Ridge

Hurricane, WV

#6 Apr 15, 2013
River Ridge Church in South Charleston was once a wonderul place!
Still Hurt

Vandergrift, PA

#7 Apr 15, 2013
This church hurt my family in a big way. Why was the new pastor allowed free reign with his new bylaws? The leaders knew better. Now my family is scattered at churches across the Valley because of what happened there. Growth at a super high cost!
Wrong wrong wrong

Vandergrift, PA

#8 Apr 15, 2013
Split up our whole circle of friends
bigkick7

Charleston, WV

#9 Apr 15, 2013
R u talking about charleston campus or teays valley?
Fmr Attendee River Ridge

Hurricane, WV

#10 Apr 17, 2013
"Campus" is such an odd word to describe a church. Yet another "seeker-sensitive" identifier. I am talking about the Southridge Church of God located off of 119 in Charleston.
bigkick7

Culloden, WV

#11 Apr 17, 2013
Ok this thread is about River Ridge church in Charleston by Capital High and the Teays Valley campus at West Teays Elem.
Former Member

Murrysville, PA

#12 Apr 17, 2013
bigkick7 wrote:
Ok this thread is about River Ridge church in Charleston by Capital High and the Teays Valley campus at West Teays Elem.
That's the place I was talking about. Charleston, specifically. Nothing but groupthink and isolationist tactics. Also, if you aren't in the clique, enjoy being invisible.
bigkick7

Culloden, WV

#13 Apr 17, 2013
We went there for about a year. In that time we maybe had somebody talk to us 2 times. We continuously tried to join groups and were always told we had just missed the deadline, or we wouldn't fit in to this group, etc. What if I was unsaved? I think the pastor is a good teacher but I'm afraid this church is misleading a lot of people to think they are right with God but when they stand before Him they're going to hear depart from me I never knew you. What kind of pastor/church doesn't give an alter call or at some point speak on hell. What pastor starts a message with, "maybe you're unsaved and if so this message isnt for you." The last time we went the worship leader guy preached and tells a story about his wife and he having a drink at the bar like this is totally ok....not surprising considering his band plays at bars every weekend will they indulge in drinking and sober up enough to preach/sing on Sunday. And Big Kick Soccer camp.... R u kidding me? Charging a fortune for vacation Bible school that has an agenda with one slot for God time.
Crwteacher

Columbus, IN

#14 Apr 21, 2013
No one spoke to us there. Went with my family twice. Very unfriendly.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#15 May 7, 2013
Check out Harvest Time on the West Side across from Charleston Dept. Store. Anybody is welcome.
Charleston Chick

Charleston, WV

#16 Mar 23, 2014
Fmr Attendee River Ridge wrote:
This was once a wonderful church. However, after the long-term pastor retired, the new pastor adopted a leadership approach that removed all semblances of the old organization- Sunday School groups that had met for 20 years were disbanded. He even excommunicated some members from the church for privately disagreeing! My 93 year old mother was forbidden from formally meeting with her other senior friend who had belonged to a women's group for more than 30 years. This was the one thing she looked forward to every week. This was most confusing for her! Anyone who was over 45 was viewed as suspect and certainly not worthy of any position of leadership or authority. This became a bastion of young people and feels very seeker sensitive now. Gone are the "grays". Very very sad!!
So, I have noticed you have posted the same comment on other churches in the area.
Charleston Chick

Charleston, WV

#17 Mar 23, 2014
Fmr Attendee River Ridge wrote:
Those of us "grays" built that place from the ground up (literally) and were granted a great deal of respect by our beloved former pastor.We were in positions of authority and really worked hard to maintain a family atmosphere that was inclusive off all ages. I am angry to this day about what happened there. So many relationships that were built over thirty plus years were lost because people left the church either by choice or were forced to and ended up attending other places. If you go back and listen to the sermons of the man who took over after our beloved minister left, you will find that they are all about him and directly attack those of us in a older generation. It is a very manipulative attempt to persuade parishoners to jump on his bandwagon. It was so sad how many competent, honest leaders who were volunteers and on paid staff mysteriously were absent as I would look around on a sunday morning service. It still makes me sad how foolish we were to want a new leader to grow our church- we never really asked HOW this was going to happen (move out the grays and recruit lots of young blood)
And again, with the same comment cross posted to other church topics in the area.
Charleston Chick

Charleston, WV

#18 Mar 23, 2014
My husband and I have been attending the services since January. Have we been accosted by people wishing to ingratiate themselves to us? We go there for the sermons (very positive message sermons, btw) and leave. Later, we may become part of one of their weekly groups but we really are only trying to stay on our path with God. If we make friends, that's great - but that's not the only reason we go to church.

As for the e-mails, my husband has been in contact with a pastor about a matter and he was wonderful in communicating with him & meeting with us. It is a great church. Is it traditional services? No. But the messages are positive and I do enjoy that there are 2 services every Sunday since we are early risers.:)

Lastly, the church has not been around for "decades". It started off in the Capitol Theater in Charleston not that long ago.
Praise

Chesapeake, VA

#19 Mar 23, 2014
The Church is a place where you should meet to worship GOD, but it appears that you all have left God out of your meeting place!
zzzzz

Hurricane, WV

#20 Mar 23, 2014
Churches like this are for people who live in sub divisions, follow trends, wear the latest fashions and follow what the popular people do. It's easy. They don't ask you to do anything hard or get your hands dirty. They look down on the poor and just like in the secular world, make fun of people who are a little different. Their for shallow thinking people who want to be entertained in church and only want "positive messages" that make them feel good because they are only focused on themselves. They're clubs, not churches. I've been a Christian for 40 years and this is how society is becoming, therefore it's how the church is becoming. The road to hell is wide and narrow to heaven.

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