"Church shopping" is a funny animal.
There are so many things to consider when picking a church, and so many different types of churches to visit. It’s a significant process when one is single, let alone married, and don't even get a parent started about doing it with all the thoughts, feelings, and input of one's children to consider.
Leave it to comedian John Crist to use humor to give us all a helpful reminder of how not to go about finding a new church:
Church Hunters: Episode One
Church Hunters: Episode Two
It’s refreshing to not have to take ourselves too seriously.
In this article series we've explored deep questions about how to find the right church, what it looks like to choose a religious home, healing from wounds incurred in past churches, and finding nourishment for our heart, soul, and life after periods of spiritual drought.
But it can still be hard when the rubber meets the road. There are so many practical considerations that seem to weigh us down and make the process more difficult than we want it to be — let alone figuring out what is a real problem with a church and what is just superficial. Our own personal quirks and tastes don’t even always jive with those of our own family members, let alone an entire congregation of church goers.
Needless to say, it’s not very hard to find ourselves overwhelmed with the process and wondering how much of the problem is the church(es) and how much of the problem is our own fault.
In the midst of that, though, it's important to take a breath. To trust God and stop trying to carry the burden ourselves. Proverbs 16:9 says, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
So take a moment and remember that, even though it doesn't mean being passive, God has got you covered.
You may have read books on this topic before--but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church.