What Type Of Church Is For You?
We all search for a church based upon our beliefs, the pastor's ability to communicate, church member personalities, location, etc. To assist your search, we've created a list of priorities below for you to consider when touring potential church homes.
- Denomination Type: There are many to choose from such as Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and the many others. However, now there are many "nondenominational" churches that have separated from the mainstream traditional churches. See Denomination Dictionary.
Denominational preference tends to sum up your core beliefs. This often revolves around your interpretation of the Bible. Not surprisingly, people tend to visit denominations in which they were raised or are most familiar with.
- Find a church in which you can grow "spiritually"! Very important! In other words, are you developing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ? Find a church that not only encourages you but convicts you as well.
- Find a church that is "relational"! If you're a young hip single teenager or are married with a family of ten… you want your church home to be "relational" or provide an "environment that fosters your Christian values." There are many preferences to consider: size of the church, music styles, support groups (like marriage counseling, divorce recovery, etc.), children's programs, and the average age of members, just to name a few. Bottom line: is this a place that you feel comfortable calling your church home for you and your family?
- Are Missions important for you? Many believers love to "serve" at home and abroad. Do you feel "called" to serve outside of the walls of the church? Such missions can be within the United States, such as the "Katrina" relief, or abroad in foreign countries.
All to say, worship is more than just a way to express our love and appreciation to God. Along with the Bible, it serves as an anchor for formal worship along with friends and family. It is where we sing together in worship and praise the Lord as a family of believers. But most importantly, it should be a place that effectively teaches the true Word of the Bible.
Also, other considerations you may want to note:
- May offer single services (no options for variety of worship times).
- You can know every member by name.
- Have a personal relationship with your pastor.
- Most everyone is needed to serve.
- Your absence is usually noted.
- Your pastor will normally visit or call you whenever you're sick or in the hospital.
- Often High tech.
- Small community or Bible study groups to socially connect people.
- Multiple service times to choose from.
- World missions.
- May occasionally utilize video sermons.
- Multiple campuses possible for convenience.
- High tech programs.
- Normally a high variety of support groups.
- Full-time/Year round world missions programs.
- May also have television/online church services.