How to Choose a Church

Whether you are looking for a new church, have just moved into the community or have decided to start going to church for the first time, choosing the right one will make a huge difference in your life.


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    Check out the local church websites. Not every church has one, but for the many who do, it is a quick introduction to the different ministries and activities the church offers.
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    Look around the community. Many churches sponsor community wide events, short term studies and classes, scout troops, concerts and many other things for various ages. Attending one of these events is a good way to start meeting some of the members of the church. The atmosphere is generally informal and relaxed. You have the time and opportunity for a conversation that goes beyond "Welcome to our church."
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    Ask your friends. People who are active in their church are usually more than willing to tell you about their church.
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    Make a list of three or four churches to visit. If you are familiar with a particular denomination (United Methodist, Baptist,Catholic,etc.), see if there is a church of that denomination in the area. Spend a few weeks checking out different churches. When you visit, there are some things to look for:
    • Are the people friendly?
    • Is the worship service meaningful for you?
    • Are there other people your age?
    • If you have small children, would you feel comfortable leaving them in the nursery?
    • Does the church offer opportunities to be involved without agreeing to serve as chair of the committee?
    • What seems to be the main focus of the church? Is the focus one you can support?
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    Ask questions. Contact the church office and ask to speak with the minister if you need more information or have questions. If you do not feel comfortable doing that, try asking whoever answers the phone. Usually, those are people who are active in the church and will probably be able to help you.
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    Pray for God's guidance. Finding the right church is not the same as picking a new gym. Ask God to help you be in the right place at the right time.


  • Visit a church at least a couple of times. If you visit on a Sunday when there is a guest preacher or the youth of the church are leading the worship service, you will probably not get the most accurate impression of the church.
  • Try to find a church close to your home. It is hard to feel part of a community that is on the other side of town.
  • If you slip into the back row of the church after the service has started and leave before the closing prayer, even the friendliest church can seem cold and uninviting. Give the church a chance to greet you.
  • Some people visit a church and immediately feel at home. Don't worry if you are not one of those people.

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