I liked this article about choosing a church. I was talking to my friend, SB, (via text) and we said that although we don’t always agree with everything in our church we feel that this is the place we are supposed to be.
I said: “It’s like any relationship or friendship. You don’t always agree but you don’t just walk away. You need stickability.” I can’t remember if it was Liz Babbs or Carolyn Leutwiler who talks about not becoming a ‘church consumer’ but there are people who do flit from one spiritual ‘home’ to another. Maybe that is needed for some people but there is a danger of treating going to church like going to a supermarket – and again, a lot of concentration on ‘what’s right for me.’ Maybe it’s best to just settle down with one place that you feel comfortable with and see how it goes. We’ll see.
Someone asked me recently about choosing a church when moving a new area.
Here are some of (my personal) tips for choosing/finding a church.
It needs to be unashamedly Christ-centred and Christ exalting. If they talk more about themselves, their denomination and their projects – rather than Jesus – it’s not good sign…
It needs to Biblical – holding on to the authority of Scripture. Preaching and teaching God’s word vs. human ideas or ideals.
It needs to be Spirit-led – ministering in His power rather than just running activities.
It needs to be missional – reaching people with the Good News of Jesus, both through word and deed. The Good News incarnate into our communities.
It needs to love people and value community – rather than just having a life based on attending services like a gig. Small groups are a sign of health in this.
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