This topic is adapted from the Real Truth Real Quick YouTube channel.
Choosing a Christian church is a big decision. Pastor Todd shares a few tips to consider if you find yourself on the hunt for a new church.
- The single most important thing when choosing a church is to find out what the church believes. Is the Bible rightly taught and seen as the authoritative word of God? But the church must not only teach the word of God, they need to do what it says. (James 1:22)
- It’s important to look at the pastor, but it should not be the sole reason for choosing a church. Some are drawn too much to the pastor who is charismatic, funny, or holds their attention. Before committing to a church, ask yourself if the leaders are committed to equipping people to use their gifts to build up the church and then ask yourself if you can submit to their leadership. (James 4:12)
- Evaluate how the church measures success. Are the people in the church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, becoming more fully devoted to Christ? Are they discipling others and reaching out to those who don’t know God? The answer to those questions are the marks of a successful church.
When choosing a church, consider meeting with someone in leadership to ask questions. Once you choose a church, get plugged in and make an impact in and through your new faith community.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- List some qualities that you think are important in a church.
- Do you think that you can find a perfect church? Why or why not?
- What do you think are some essentials of the Christian faith and what would you consider to be nonessential? If you are not sure, how do you think you might find out?
- Read Ephesians 4:11-16. How would you rate yourself as a church member? Do you know what your gifts are and are you currently using them in your local church?
- Make a list of some questions you would like to ask the leadership of a church before deciding to make it your home church.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.