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Looking for the Right Church

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Have you ever had trouble figuring out where you are meant to be?

Whether that be in school, college, a job, or a church, it can be a real struggle to find that perfect place. The truth is though, no place is ever going to be perfect. Each school, college, job, career, or church will have flaws because there are imperfect people within those places too.

When searching, you simply have the goal of finding someplace where you feel like you belong and are accepted. True too, you are looking for a church that aligns with your perspectives and beliefs on Christianity.

Regardless of denomination, take a few minutes and list some aspects of a church you want to see.

What are some aspects of a church you feel are important? On the other hand, what are some aspects that are not necessarily as important within the church you are searching for?

Looking for the right church can be daunting. Here are just a few recommendations to look for in a church when you are searching and finding the right church for you.

First Priority: Learn and Grow

When searching for the right church, you want to make sure that you are being fed by the pastor you are listening to. Being fed doesn’t necessarily mean taking communion but understanding what the pastor is talking about to begin with.

When the pastor is teaching, you want to make sure you are understanding what he/she is saying and evaluate whether you learned something from the sermon or not. Unfortunately, if you didn’t learn anything from the sermon, then the fact is you need to keep searching for a church.

Quite frankly, in order to grow in your faith and your relationship with Jesus Christ, you have to be able to learn to begin with. If you aren’t learning anything, then you won’t grow and flourish in your faith.

Second Priority: Finding Community

When finding your church, you want to make sure that you are connecting with the people there. Having community within the church is especially important because it encourages accountability and connection through others of the faith.

I grew up in the Lutheran denomination of Christianity and when I started trying out Pentecostal churches or Churches of God, I was greeted by extremely friendly people that were huggers. To tell you the truth, it was a cultural shock to me at first, but in the end, I really liked the new change.

Having other sisters and brothers of the Christian faith come and greet you in the morning with a smile and hug, can make a dramatic difference in the way you see the church and view your relationship with Jesus Christ.

For me, when I was greeted with smiles and hugs, I felt accepted and loved by others of the faith around me. As time went on and I got more involved within the church, I knew that most of those sisters and brothers were there for me in my walk with the Lord.

Community, to me, was something important that I had found and valued. It created accountability and connection with other members of the faith around me.

Overall, I encourage you to find a church that meets your needs and standards. Though, just remember to be realistic when it comes to searching for a new church. Yes, it is daunting. Yes, it can be scary because you are stepping out of your comfort zone. I can promise you, though, it is worth it in the end because it will help you grow deeper in your faith with the Lord.

When you start to feel comfortable at a certain church, challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone more, volunteer, or get involved in a Bible study group of some sort. Specific churches will have a women’s study, men’s bible study, or even a young adult’s group to get involved with.

Once you find your niche, you will be glad you continued searching and finding a church that meets your hopes. Ultimately, you and I both need community and the opportunity to grow in our faith with the Lord.

Finding the right church can really impact our faith in such a powerful, growing manner. If we just allow it, our faith can be like a tree, growing ever so tall and wide, budding at the seams, and ready to learn more about our Father in Heaven.

Don’t give up. Have hope that you will find where you belong and keep growing in your faith with the Lord. Ultimately, the Lord will lead you and where you are meant to be.

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