Friday, March 16, 2012

What to Consider When Looking for a Church

Are you interested in attending church?  If you are and if you have yet to do so in your adult years, you may be wondering how you should proceed. In all honestly, it is much easier to find a church if you already have a religion in mind. With that in mind, it is more than possible for you to find a new church, as well as whole new religion, if you are interested in doing so.

When it comes to looking for a new church congregation to join, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration.  One of those factors is the location of the church in question.  Many church goers enjoy attending church services at a church that is located within a reasonable distance from their home. With that mind, it is not unheard of for others to travel hours just to attend their church services.  This is devotion at its best.  

In addition to location, the size of the church in question may also be a factor to take into consideration.  When examining size, it is important to also examine your comfort level.  When joining a new church, many individuals, couples, and families feel more comfortable joining a church that has a large attendance, as they can easily blend in.  With that in mind, there are others who are joining a church group to become a part of a community, a community in which they can lean on for support. This can be easier when church groups are smaller in size.  

Another one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration is the sermons.  Many individuals mistakenly believe that attending church is solely about attending church sermons on Sundays.  While this is a good percentage of what you will be spending your time doing, that is not all that church is about. You may also be involved in community projects, as well as help to organize or host fundraisers, as well as offer emotional support to other church members or even community members.  That is why it is advised that you speak with church leaders or members to determine what their weekly activities usually entail.

Speaking of what attending the church of your choice may entail, you may also want to examine what is expected of you.  For instance, many churches allow guests to attend their services, even long term. With that in mind, it is important to remember that many church leaders encourage their attendees to become official members of the church.  If that is the case, you may want to examine what is required of you. While these requirements vary, depending on the church in question, you may find yourself needing to take weekly or nightly church classes, which are often used to educate you on the history of your religion and church.

It is also advised that you determine, ahead of time, how much money you are urged or required to donate to your church congregation. When doing so, you will find that donations tend to vary, depending on a number of factors.  Yes, there are church congregations that request a specific percentage of your yearly earnings, but you will find that many others are also extremely flexible.  Your financial status should not have an impact on whether or not you are able to attend church. The good news is that many churches in the United States know and understand this important fact.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, should you decide to attend a new church.  What you need to remember when examining potential churches is that you must make sure that you take time to make your decision.  As previously stated, church memberships are intended to be lifelong commitments; therefore, you will want to make sure that you are making the right commitment.

Hopefully this helps!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this article of factors to consider when finding a new church. I can recall experiencing most of these and a few others.