Whatever your reason for seeking a new church to call home, there are a few steps you can take to make your search easier. Whether you’ve moved to a new community, found new faith or find that your current church is not a good fit for you, the process of finding a new church family that fits you and where you fit is similar.
Find Churches Close to You
The first step in finding a new church is to explore your community. Many local churches fly “under the radar,” so to speak. They don’t have big buildings or big budgets, but they frequently have room for new members – in fact, they’re often looking for new members to fill roles in their various ministries. One of the best ways to find local churches it to check online local social directories like FindUsLocal.com. Unlike major search engines, these local directories exist to connect community members with the services and businesses they need. In this case, they’re a good way to compile a list of congregations with churches near you. Use the profiles in the church listings to gather contact information and basic information about the church and the way it fits into the community around it.
Talk to Your Church Leaders
If you’re moving to another city, talking to your church leaders is a reasonable first step. Many pastors maintain relationships with other clergy around the country and will be happy to put you in touch with someone in your new city. Even if you’re moving to a new church within the same city, discussing your needs with leaders in your current choice can be a valuable step. Most spiritual leaders would rather see you in a congregation where you are comfortable and involved than struggling with your place under their leadership.
Check the church listings for the times of services at local churches and attend one or two times to get a feel for the congregation and the general atmosphere. Consider how you and your family fit within the congregation.
Pray On It
Choosing a new church is not the same as choosing a new dentist or grocery store, though many of the steps are the same. Open your heart and mind to guidance. There is a place for you in this world and in the right church. When you find it, you’ll feel an unmistakable tug drawing you into the life of your new church.