When searching for a new church we’ve looked at “Churches to Avoid” and we looked at “Churches to Consider,” but there are a few things we still need to do …
- PRAY ABOUT IT: Ask for the Lord’s wisdom, guidance and blessing as you search. Be specific, ask where you can be used best, and ask where you can grow the most.
- MAKE A CHECK LIST: Before visiting, make a check list of the most important characteristics about the church you hope to find. Then rate the church according to your check list when you leave. Keeping notes will help you compare and decide later. If you are visiting many churches, as time passes you may have trouble keeping them straight. This will help you keep a record for future reference.
- VISIT A CHURCH MORE THAN ONCE: It will give you a chance to dig deep. All churches will come across as friendly, and all churches will have some hypocrites. While first impressions are important, don’t forget to look below the surface.
- ASK SOME QUESTIONS: Is the church a place where I can connect with God and worship Him freely? Did I learn about the Bible? Was it a place where fellowship and community are encouraged? Are people’s lives being changed? Is there a place for me to serve in the church, be accountable and have opportunities to pray with others? Does the church reach out through missions and local outreach? Are the leaders willing to lead?
- GET INVOLVED: Now once you’ve found such a church, stick with it. Don’t be a church hopper. Commitment is priceless! Commit to Christ and His bride, the Church! Be a tither. Be strength to the body. Be a faithful disciple, not a person who sits on the sideline and just watches. YOU GET IN THERE AND GET BUSY. It’s not all about what a church can do for you, but it’s also about what you can do for a church.