Millbrook Baptist Church
3431 Browns Rd, Millbrook, AL 36054
Primary Phone: (334) 285-6616
Phone: (334) 285-6616
Fax: (334) 285-9963
Fax: (334) 285-4731
Millbrook Baptist Day Care
Millbrook Baptist is a family. My child began going to the daycare at this church and after a while we started going to the services. We were not members of a church before but after going here a few times and people being so welcoming we continued going. It is a true family all with the same focus and that is to teach others about Christ and worship Him. I hate the other reviewer had a bad experience. That was certainly not the case for us.
Not friendly nor welcoming to visitors
At the time, my wife and I had moved from Montgomery to nearby Millbrook in December 2011. We were looking for a church home, which was difficult at the time because I had just come off the road and was finally getting a trucking job where I could be home daily. At the same time, we were also very particular in the kind of church we were looking for.
We decided to give Millbrook Baptist Church a try and to leave our pickiness at the house. Right away, as we got there and walked toward the entrance, not one person welcomed us. It was as if we did not exist. We didn't think anything of it at the time. However, we quickly realized that things were heading south in a hurry as we remained seated in the pews. In the time that we were waiting for services to start, not one person greeted us - NONE! Not even the pastor said Hello to us. We would have thought that since first-timers were there that someone would have at least had the courtesy to say something to us - but this never happened.
The time for singing was incredibly tepid. It was like they were going through the motions for songs and taking things for granted. No pun intended, but it was totally uninspired and dull. When I am excited about worship, I really let my voice carry as I sing. However, given that our mood was already ruined, I toned it down significantly to where my wife could barely hear me sing.
What greatly diminished the quality of the service overall was the incessant reference to Memorial Day. We were visiting on the day before this patriotic holiday. I had no idea that they were going to talk about it ad nauseum throughout the duration of the service. I literally lost count as to how many times they mentioned that it was Memorial Day and the sacrifices that the veterans have made for America (which I found to be ironic, given the way this country is heading these days). We came to hear the Gospel preached, not to hear something that focused heavily on America. I was given the impression that this was a patriotic church, not a Christ-centered church.
As part of the sermon, the pastor chose the opening verses of 2 Timothy 2, which dealt with being a good soldier for Christ. IMO, sometimes it can be agood thing to tie in Scripture with current events. However, the repeated references to Memorial Day and the service and sacrifices that our nation's veterans have made for this country basically ruined any expectations I might have had to hear the Gospel preached. It could be akin to preaching special Mother's Day messages to barren women who can't have children.
Near the end of the service, they played a 10-minute long video that featured Nick Vujicic. The film was in English with Dutch subtitles (although the pastor said that the subtitles were in German). I wasn't bothered by the video as I was that the pastor couldn't get his facts straight about the language. Where else could he possibly go wrong?
Overall, I would not recommend Millbrook Baptist Church. We were given the impression that this was more of a Sunday morning social club that it was a church were people came to hear the Gospel preached and would welcome and entertain strangers in accordance with Hebrews 13:2.
In closing, it is not my goal to be critical of this church and its congregation. Rather, my desire is that they could take these words as encouragement to get back to the basics as laid out in Scripture and to follow through with the admonition to preach the Word and to be instant in season and out of season, and that they would know what it means to welcome strangers and not just friends without paying lip service to it.