You just moved to a new town and are looking for the right church to join. Or perhaps you didn’t move, but have other reasons to seek out a new place of worship that’s right for you and your family.
Either way, the question of how to find a church is on your mind.
It’s a big decision to make, and one that can keep people up at night. You want a church that matches what you’re looking for in a variety of attributes.
That’s why I put together this post, focusing on things to look for when seeking out a new church in your area.
So you’ll have a better sense of the kind of questions to ask, and the kind of answers to look for.
Sound interesting? Keep reading to find out more!
Location of the Church
This might seem like an obvious part of your search, but if you plan to attend church regularly, location can be a big factor.
You’ll likely want to make sure that the church is close enough to your house that you don’t mind making the drive.
This is especially true if you might end up going there multiple times a week, as you get more involved with the church. And if you’ve just moved into a new house, you don’t want too much travel to keep you from enjoying your new setting.
So make sure the distance from home isn’t far enough that it will be a factor in your decision of whether or not to go.
Times for Worship
Everyone’s schedule is different. For a lot of churchgoers, Sunday morning worship works great.
But that’s not always the case. If you or a family member has previous commitments on Sunday morning that are impossible to move, you’ll want to find a church that has alternative times for worship.
Some churches have Sunday evening services or services on other days of the week. So if your job takes you away on weekends, or are otherwise busy Sunday morning, make sure you find a church with services when you can attend.
Different people have different desires as far as volunteering at their church.
But if volunteering is a part of the way you enjoy interacting with your church you’ll want to ask about how it works there.
This is especially true if you are looking for it to be a church you attend for a long time. If you like volunteering regularly, look for a church that offers ministries that appeal to you. Ones that you’ll be likely to want to serve at for years to come.
And ask about the number of opportunities that the church offers. Depending on things like your changing schedule or traveling, you want to make sure there are ample opportunities for volunteering if you so choose.
If you have a family, you’ll want to make sure you find a church that works equally well for them.
One example would be if you have a teen, but join a church that doesn’t have many teenagers (or any at all). In that case, obviously, there won’t be a youth group they can join.
But at the same time, your particular teen might be more interested in working with children or volunteering with the church’s ministry. So the lack of a youth group might not be a deal breaker for them.
That’s an example of why it’s also important to speak honestly with members of your family before joining a church. You want to make sure it’s one that they see themselves becoming involved with.
The last thing you want is for your particular church choice to create a wedge between family members.
There are positives and negatives to churches of different sizes, so this is more of a personal choice that might vary from person to person.
A small church has the benefits of feeling more like a family, and you will likely get to know a larger percentage of your fellow worshipers. For some people, that’s a huge draw.
Plus you’ll have more of an opportunity to create a relationship with the pastor if the church is relatively small.
But at the same time, some people prefer the relative anonymity of a large church. If you like to simply go to church and not interact with as many people that you know, a large church size might work well.
Plus, the larger a church is the more ministries and activities that you and your family can enjoy. Those programs would be a lot more limited with a small church.
Type of Music
This might seem like an odd thing to have on your initial list of considerations, but for some people, it’s an important part of going to church.
Since there is usually a fair amount of music in an average church service, you want to join a church that uses the style and type of music that you enjoy.
There’s no sense in getting frustrated that the worship music you hear every week doesn’t match with your tastes!
Some churches will have more traditional church music, with piano or organ and featuring classic hymns and songs. While others will be more contemporary. They might have a more modern band playing the worship music.
And other churches blend the two, with an attempt to have more modern worship music and some classic one as well.
We all know that churches need money to stay open. And most people who give money to their church do so with a sense of pride and community.
But at the same time, it’s always good to know if there are certain expectations that a church has in terms of giving.
Be honest and upfront when you speak to the pastor, and ask what kind of financial responsibility is generally expected of the members of the congregation.
How to Find a Church
Hopefully, this guide for how to find a church will be helpful. There are certainly other things that you can take into consideration, but if you start with the elements I listed, you’ll be well on your way.
And if you’re looking for even more ways to make a transition to a new setting easier, check out this blog on ways to bring your family closer together!