When my husband and I were searching for a church five years ago, we visited around 15 churches before making our decision. As you might imagine, we were pretty ready to be settled when we found our church home.
Our search may sound lengthy, but where we choose to place membership impacts our entire lives.
Church is not just about our preferences. Church is about biblical standards, family and commitment.
It is important to enjoy a pastor’s preaching style. Most care about the style of music played during worship. We should consider what programming is available to disciple our families.
Many people stop their search right here.
They reason, “Pastor keeps me awake during messages. Check. Enjoyed the songs we sang. Check. People were friendly. Check. Kids had fun during Sunday School. Check. Okay, let’s attend here.”
While these things are important, there is more that should be taken into consideration.
Church should never be about attendance; it needs to be about involvement, ministering to the community and the world through missions, and true discipleship.
Our society seems to believe that we need to go to church because it is the right thing to do and because it makes us feel better when we attend.
We walk in, get our fix, walk out and go on with our week. With this mentality, it is no wonder why people choose a church based on what they will get out of it.
We are missing the point. Church is about learning, worshipping and fellowshipping. But it is also about serving, accountability and character development.
One question that my husband and I have been asking the Lord in recent months is “How are you calling us to serve after our baby arrives?”
Our lives and schedules are going to change, but this does not change the fact that God calls us to serve his people. Church often gives us an opportunity to serve as we are commanded.