FINDING THE RIGHT CHURCH – Part 2 of 3

When looking for a church home there are some things you need to consider. While there are definitely some churches you need to avoid, what are some positive things that you need to be looking for in a church?

CHURCHES TO CONSIDER:

  • A WORSHIPPING CHURCH: The primary reason we meet together is to focus our attention on God, giving Him our worship, praise and adoration. This should be something that we have a strong desire to do in our hearts.

  • A CHURCH THAT FOCUSES ON JESUS: Healthy churches talk about Jesus all the time. Their main focus isn’t their building, their budget or their bottom line. It’s Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11). They don’t have gimmicks. They have Jesus. He’s at the center of everything they do and teach. Jesus was the main focus of the church in the first century … why should that change? Jesus, not issues, is at the center of a healthy church.

  • A BIBLICAL CHURCH: The Bible is still the best book ever. It’s full of answers for people’s lives. To use something other than the bible is stupid. Don’t tell me that if you teach from the bible, people won’t come. Nothing is further from the truth. I think you know that first and foremost the number one thing to look for in a church is one that teaches the Bible.

  • A CHURCH THAT IS ACTIVE: I’m amazed when people tell me that the church they attend simply offers worship services three times a week and nothing more. What about fellowship groups, service to the community, mission activities, outreach and others are all areas the church needs to be involved in. What does a church have to offer you in ministries, and what can you offer them?

  • A CHURCH THAT HAS A FOCUS ON SPECIFIC NEEDS: If you have children you are going to want to seek out a church with a youth program. If you are single you might look for a church that has a lot of singles. If you are retired you might look for a church with a senior’s program. While programs aren’t high upon the list, they’re still important to you and your family.

  • A CHURCH THAT TEACHES THE BIBLE SIMPLY: It’s important to find a church where the Bible is taught in a way people can understand. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time listening to a preacher that preaches over your head. Also, a lesson needs to apply. A lesson taught or preached without application is a big mistake. People must be challenged. People need practical lessons that will help in their daily lives. Can anything be more frustrating than taking the time to come to church on Sunday and getting absolutely nothing out of it? God didn’t make the bible difficult, so churches don’t need to either.

  • LOOK FOR AN OUTREACH CHURCH: Churches should open their arms and lives to others. Churches need to not only be concerned about the spiritual needs of others, but also the physical needs of others. As the old saying goes, “People don’t care about what you know, till they know how much you care.” The church is not just about learning Christianity, it’s about LIVING Christianity. I want to be a part of a church that reaches out to the physical needs of the community around them AND the spiritual needs too.

  • LOOK FOR AN APPROACHABLE CHURCH: A church should have an atmosphere where people will want to bring their unchurched friends. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard in the past, “The last place I wanted to bring my friend was to church because I knew the preacher would say something to embarrass them or me.” How sad. The church needs to be a safe environment where people know they can bring family or friends without them getting their “hides nailed to the wall.”

  • LOOK FOR A CHURCH THAT’S A FAMILY: Again, it’s all about community, a place to belong and a place to grow closer to other Christians. The church should be a refuge for Christians and a place to find encouragement and accountability.

  • LOOK FOR A CHURCH WITH STRONG LEADERSHIP: While we understand that Christ is the head of the church, we also know that the church has its earthly leaders as well. And the old saying is true “as go the leaders, so goes the church.” The church will only be as strong as it’s leadership. And it’s not uncommon for a church to take on the personality of its leaders. So, if the leadership is lazy, so goes the church. If the leadership is not concerned with outreach, so goes the church. And, if the leadership is balanced, working and involved… so goes the church. I think you get the idea that strong leadership is essential.

So we talked about what to look for in a church and what to avoid in a church, tomorrow we’ll look at “Finding the Right Church (Part 3)” and things you can do to prepare yourself for your “church search.”

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  1. DJG says:

    Having just gone through a bit of a “search” one more thing I noted is that you really won’t know a lot of these things until you get “inside”….and you can’t do it half-way…or at least I couldn’t. There was no way to find out the things I wanted to know as a casual visitor.

    But another positive thing that came out of this is the way I will treat visitors or new members in the future. Sometimes we make it real hard to “break in” to our groups.

    Thanks for this series.

  2. Tim Archer says:

    I don’t know, Trey, I’m not seeing the things that really count: how comfortable are the pews, how long are the sermons, is the food at potlucks homemade or storebought, etc.

    You preachers just don’t know what us regular folk are looking for.

    —Tim

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Donna, Thanks for the advice. Until we’ve been there, we don’t really know do we?

    Shoot Tim … I did forget those things. And, air conditioning? That’s a biggie … good thing I still have “part 3″ to do tomorrow. I can work some of those in.

    :)

  4. The Preacher's Household: says:

    How about not just how long the sermons are but how boring. If they are going to be long, at least they can be done in a monotone voice so as to not disturb my ummm prayer. However, a short and exciting one is very desired.

    I also think good singing is important – nothing worse than a group that sound no better than a bunch of squawking ducks.

    t Giggle

    (BTW, good points. Someone sort of brought this up on the last post, but what if you move to a town with only one Church of Christ and you see more of the last post in it than this post? And what if a different group does look more like this list?…. I know I am stirring up more trouble. Sorry. You don’t have to answer.)
    K

  5. Paula Harrington says:

    Tim’s funny :)

    enjoying it and looking forward to number 3

  6. ben overby says:

    Good Trey. I believe that is a church is biblical it will emphasize sending over mere attending. It will be dying to self for the sake of the community. What does that look like? Not the typical 3 services, a potluck, and an outreach program.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I realy liked this topic, I hope you are doing well!

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  8. john dobbs says:

    Hey Trey, the podcasts are up! I divided it in two because it was kind of long…two preachers talking can get that way. It was a joy to spend that time with you friend!

    john

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    John … I enjoyed it a ton. Hope we can hang out “in person” sometime soon.

  10. Danny says:

    Great couple of posts on this topic. Very practical stuff.

    Enjoyed getting to know you a little more on JD’s podcast.

    Now what was that you were saying about me? lol

  11. Anonymous says:

    kathy,
    come on, you know salvation is found in no other place than the church sign, don’t you? Acts 4:12

    keep it coming, 3

    brian

  12. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey, Tim is right about the things that really count. We have comfortable pews, once a month potlucks with really good food, and 25 minute sermons (man I’m good!). But how would Tim know about this stuff? I thought he was one of us irregular guys and not a regular guy.

  13. Monalea says:

    Hey Bro,

    I keep thinking if they would rip out the first 5 rows of pews and put in recliners there would be no more back sliding and everyone would be there early to get one of the few good chairs.

    Monalea

  14. Tim Archer says:

    Bob,

    I used to be irregular, but with Metamucil…

    I mean, I used to be a “real preacher,” but now I’m no longer a minister (that’s what the elders at my new church told me). I’m in charge of Spanish-speaking ministries for Herald of Truth. That means I get to preach 5 days a week on the radio, but still get Sundays off. :-)

    —Tim

    P.S.–Paula, people usually say: “Tim’s… uh… ‘funny’… um…,” and they’re not smiling when they say it. :-)

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Time … we’ve got a lot of “regular” and “irregular” comments around here lately. Then I noticed Sunday morning during the announcements they said, “Trey, our regular preacher, will be doing the lesson today.” How do they know if I’m regular or not?

  16. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey, are you there most Sundays? Then you’re their regular preacher. That doesn’t mean you’re a regular Joe, just their regular preacher. We know the truth.

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