How to find a church
This might seem a strange thing to write about on our church blog. But the chances are you know someone who is moving somewhere new/has moved somewhere new and you would like them to plug into a church.
Recently I did a session for our CYFA (14-18s) looking at how to find a new church when moving away for work or University.
My advice is to look for a church where:
- 1) They talk a lot about Jesus.
- 2) They open the Bible and teach.
- 3) They will love and care for you.
Now, none of this is exactly revolutionary, but hopefully it will help someone.
Bad reasons to choose a church:
1) The music is really good.
Music is important, but there are churches with awesome music who aren't preaching the gospel. (And I say that as an enthusiastic guitarist and lover of music.)
2) All my friends are going there.
If you can go with a friend or two that is of course encouraging; but don't make it the decider. A good church will create opportunities for fellowship.
3) It doesn't challenge me and so it feels nice.
I need to be challenged because I am a sinner who doesn't want God's truth and I am assuming you are probably the same.
If you are the person looking, ask around and visit some. Don't be afraid to try a few, but don't church hop for weeks and weeks.
Ask your minister to suggest one. I'm happy to help!