Different Methods You Can Use
When you move to a new area, or decide to leave the church you're currently at for a new one, it can be difficult to find a new church to join. Â You are stepping into unfamiliar territory, and it may be a bit of an awkward situation for you while you are first looking. Â There are many different constructive methods that you can put into play as you are searching for the right church, that will help you find your new church family in the long run. Â There are a few things you must keep in mind if you want to know how to find the right church.
The most important factor, is whether or not the denomination matches your own personal religious beliefs. Â There are many large variations between denominations, so you must pick the one that's right for you based on the value of beliefs. Â Though most Christian denominations follow the same big picture, tiny variations that you may or may not believe in, are integral to the foundation of the core beliefs of the church. Â Find out for yourself what you personally believe in, then study the different core belief systems of the different denominations. Â When you find one that you agree with more, that may be the best church denomination for you. Â If you're unsure of what you believe in, that's alright. Â The learning process can come through visiting different churches.
One of the best things to do when finding a new place of worship, is spend a long time visiting several different churches. Â After the services, make detailed notes about what you liked or disliked about the different places that you visited. Â Discuss how you liked the worship service, sermon, the different people, outside activities that they offer, etc. Â Remember that through this process, you can get a clearer vision of what's actually out there. Â You are sitting in on the services and understanding what they will be like every Sunday if you choose to become a member. Â Chances are, one specific church will stick out to you and it'll be instantly clear that you should attend. Â If this doesn't happen, don't be discouraged, just keep searching. Â
Upon your visits to the specific churches, I guarantee that the preachers will be more than happy to discuss whatever you'd like with them, one on one. Â This way, you can ask as many different questions that you want. Â This can help you out tremendously, if you're unsure of certain aspects. Â Discuss the preachers own personal relationship with God, what the church family is like, how the church will help your relationship with the Lord, etc. Â You can find out several details about your possible church this way, giving you a wider vision of what the place is actually like.
If you're still unsure, ask close friends. Â They will more than likely invite you to church with them, thus, relieving a lot of awkwardness from the experience if you're going with someone who's familiar to you. Â Having a friend is also a good way to ask questions and find out answers as to how a church is. Â Don't be biased just because you have a friend who goes to the church. Â If you feel unfulfilled at your friends church, don't keep going just to not hurt your friends feelings, simply keep looking. Â Chances are, they will understand.
I hope several of these different ways help you in learning how to find the right church. Â It can be a hard process for anyone, but keep having faith and the right church will be revealed to you.