With hundreds of thousands of churches active in the United States alone, it’s clear that Americans like to congregate to worship and practice their religion.
However, if you’re new to an area or are simply looking to switch churches, it can be a daunting task to go about finding a new place of worship. On top of so many options, there are many other factors to consider before you choose a church to join.
Are you searching for a new church? Here, we’re sharing some great tips on how to choose a church where your soul feels at home. Just keep on reading to learn more!
Because there are several different branches of Christianity, it’s important that you know which denomination you’re most comfortable with when searching for a church. Each of the different denominations holds varying beliefs, traditions, and rituals.
If you aren’t exactly sure what type of church you’re seeking, do some research ahead of time!
2. Church Size
Some believers prefer to attend a smaller church, but others enjoy attending a service with hundreds of people.
Decide what church size you’d prefer. Smaller churches are more intimate and might make you feel more comfortable since you’ll get to know everyone, but larger services are also advantageous.
When you’re searching for churches in your local area, keep proximity in mind.
Are you willing to spend more time on your weekly commute to your church or do you want to attend a service that’s less than five minutes away? Of course, some more populated areas have more churches than others, so you’ll just have to find out what’s near you.
Amenities are desirable features that help to enhance your church experience and make it easier for you to attend services. Here are some common amenities that some churches provide for their guests:
- childcare during services
- coffee and snack stations
- wheelchair accessibility (handicap parking, ramps, restrooms, etc.)
How important are these features to you? Know what you’re interested in and make sure the church you’re looking at can offer it.
5. Music Style
When you think of how to choose a church, music might not spring to your mind first. Still, music plays a large part in the church’s service, so if you don’t enjoy the style of music the church has you might not get as much value from the sermons.
Do you prefer to stand and sing worship hymns longer or do you just want a couple of songs sprinkled in here and there? Would you enjoy a band or just a singer and some violinists on stage?
You can find out about a church’s music style by calling the church directly, asking around, or conducting some research online.
Now You Know How to Choose a Church
Choosing a new church can be overwhelming, but if you have an idea of what you’re looking for it doesn’t have to be. Now that you’re aware of how to choose a church that’s right for you and your family, you’re that much closer to finding the perfect place of worship.
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