How to find a good church
A wise man once said, “before you can get to where you are going, you need to know where you are going.”
Deep, I know.
What is a good church, really? Is it the music, the people, the vibe, the Pastor, the (gasp) doctrine?
What are the really important things that make a church good?
Different things will be important to different people.
Are there certain core elements that should always be present at church?
Should the Bible always be taught out of?
Should salvation always be emphasized?
How about altar calls?
Before you even head out to find a church, you need to identify what is the most important thing to insist on.
If a church has great music, and the pastor is dynamic, but you know that they have a core doctrine with problems, then is it really a good idea to visit, bond, and get hooked?
Knowing the core doctrines of a church before you go can solve a lot of these problems.
That’s why, going to a church that claims a denomination can cut through the clutter of doctrinal fuzziness.
Before you go to any church that calls itself non-denominational, or inter-denominational, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with their beliefs.
Some very weird doctrines are out there.
If you feel led to visit a church, then launch out and give it a try. If you feel comfortable there, don’t be afraid to inquire as to what they actually believe. Many churches have brochures right in the lobby which contain their statement of faith. If you don’t see it, ask. And read it. If it doesn’t identify your main doctrinal concern, ask the Pastor directly. And really, if you aren’t comfortable approaching the Pastor, then you need to move on.