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Searching For A Church Home

What do you look for when you are searching for a church home?

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 ---Susie on 12/8/06
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A church where the Word of God is taught,much prayer service, baptism by immersion, loving people who reaches out in friendliness and holiness,a church for the whole family, different ministries to participate in, a saved and God fearing pastor,a good clean building with A/C and good comfortable seats. If I were single, I would look for a church where there were eligible bachelors who were born again. In my age range. Contrary to what is taught in these churches, I would probably want to date eventually.
---Robyn on 6/18/07

An anointed Pastor who teaches Spirit and Life. Good people who are warm and friendly and come up to you to greet you the first time you walk into their church. Good word. Good worship, not just repeating words from a hymnal. A church involved in serving the community around them and a Pastor who believes that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free.
---Donna9759 on 6/18/07

I was looking for a Bible Based Church where the minister's sermon was back by scripture. I tried several for years and have been in a non-denominational church for over 30 years. Maybe you can call some churches and ask what their beliefs are.
---Norma7374 on 12/11/06

Thanks for the good answers. We are in search of a church home as we have recently relocated to another state. Our primary goal is to find a church where we can serve the Lord and a church that preaches Jesus instead of so many who are looking up to a man. We are in an area where a preacher who died over 20 years ago had built a facility. We have visited several churches where the first thing out of their mouth is that they were somehow connected with this man. We want to hear about Jesus.
---Susie on 12/11/06

I understand "church home" as the church that you are to attend church services with. I will go for doctrines. My religious upbringing would simply affect my choices. What I believe and treasure must be in consonance with the teaching of the church that I must attend services with.
---bebet3754 on 12/11/06

Some churches have lost the concept of the body being a beautiful evangelistic piece of the work.

Churches need to be a place where we come together to serve the Lord, not where we come together to watch someone else do it and complete our training in being a critic.

Look for a church that gives you opportunities to serve and prove Christ in a fallen world, and preaches a doctrine of repentance through faith and grace through a risen Christ.
---Pharisee on 12/9/06

A mainline convectional church, Male or Female pastor with at least a Master of Devinity from an accredited denominationally approved seminary. Church operating on a unified budget and generally meet their annual budgets. Diversity of activities and programming including an effective children and adult church school program to meet you family or personal needs now and in the future. Church has operating by laws and the denomination has a written constitution and articles of faith.
---notlaw99 on 12/8/06

One that agrees 100% with what THEY want to hear.

Once an Orthodox priest and another minsiter were on a show about the prophetic significance of the Gulf War. The priest pointed out that it's like every war: the result of human sinfulness. The minister gave the usual dispensationalist rap.

Afterwards, he privately told the priest that HE didn't believe in pre-mil dispensationalism, but if he didn't preach it, he'd be out of a job because his people WANTED to hear it.
---Jack on 12/8/06

First and formost, I look for where I feel that God wants me to serve. It's not about what you get out of it, it's about what you put into it. To semi-paraphrase JFK: "Ask not what God can do for you, ask what you can do for God."
---Melinda on 12/8/06

First if the bible is taught/preached there, preferrable both old and new testament. Then I look at whether they have any biases. And how they treat members of the church and the community.
---grace3869 on 12/8/06

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