When you move to a new community, it can be a very difficult and confusing time. After you have got your children and your new house settled, it’s time to find a local church where you can meet new people and connect. But how do you choose a local church? Are there any particular points that you are looking for or just a particular denomination?
Choosing a local church
Finding a local church that is good for you and for your family is an important decision. Consider the following factors before you actually attend and become a member.
Services — Most churches have services that run early in the morning every day and five services on Sunday. However, the regularity of services will vary depending on the denomination of the Church and the members that are present for services. We suggest you find out how the church holds its services and how many members attend each service.
Members — Most churches will list their members on their website. If you have found a particular church like the Mercy Church San Luis Obispo, check with the church website to find out how many members that the Mercy Church SLO has. It does not really matter whether the church has many or few members. If you are comfortable in the size of the church, you can attend it to enjoy the services.
Doctrine- Most Churches follow the Catholic doctrine but they may also follow it up community work, healing services, family adoptions and financial and spiritual help. If you like such churches, then you should check with the missions program of the church to find out how they spend their time and money. Some churches also have several organizations that help the sick and the poor. You can find out the functioning of these organizations and then join them if you are interested in community work.
Leadership — Most churches have a local pastor or priest who runs the churches and carries out local services. Meet the local pastor or church and find out whether you can respect him and understand his teachings. Sometimes, you may belong to the same denomination but you might not like the way the pastor preaches and this may turn you off.
Fellowship — Most churches have a fellowship after the Sunday service where you can meet other members and make friends. This is particularly good for children as they will be able to meet other children and make friends. Most churches also have groups like youth groups, adult gathering, bible study groups, church picnics, vacation summer camps etc.