The phrase “church shopping” sounds all wrong when it comes to looking for the right church to go to as it brings out the aspect of choosing a church like it is a product aimed at satisfying personal needs. There is sense when the “shopping” metaphor is compared to the process of purchasing a house where the buyer has to make compromises. In most cases a decision has to be made between the necessary options and choices which are just appealing to you. Looking for a church will require that you make such decisions. It is impossible to find a perfect church because a church being a community, has a blend of different kinds of people with different reasoning.
If you don’t make a commitment to one church, you will end up being spiritual homeless which is not a good thing. Deciding on the church to go to is a scary task which can be made simple by praying and having in mind some factors to consider. When looking for a church, consider the community aspect. You should ask yourself questions like whether real membership is demanded, if there are activities that will allow all members of the church to participate in and if the members feel valued in order to know if the church emphasizes on members living as a community. You will need to find a church which values virtues such as honesty and accountability, and mutual support among the members encouraged.
Geographical location of the church is an important factor to look at as you might be required to be in touch with other members more than once in a week. This is important to enable participate in most activities organized by the church and this will only be possible if you are living close to the church and other members. The beliefs of the church you want to pick are another factor to consider. Go to a church whose convictions are what you believe in too. Establish if the church offers a stage to facilitate your spiritual growth and whether their style of teaching matches your style.
Another consideration is service. Discipleship, being part of a community and service to others are some of the reasons of looking to belong to a church. The church you are planning to choose should encourage members to participate in serving the needy like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. When looking for a church, check out the structure and governance of the church. The progress of the community largely depends on the governance of the church hence the leaders should be reliable. The governance of the church dictates how church money is spent, filling of leadership roles in the church, individuals eligible for the roles and the process of joining or leaving the congregation. Fellowship is the most important thing, therefore settle in in whatever church you find and with time all things to do with the church will be familiar.