Well I’m due to move into my new house in a month so this means some serious church surfing coming up.
In my experience church recommendations have always been along the lines of…
Why don’t you check out xxx they’ve got a really good music ministry
Why don’t you check out xxx they’ve got a really big youth population
Why don’t you check out xxx the pastor is interested in getting involved in the wider community.
Unfortunately a church with all these 3 qualities could be banal, self serving waste of time. It could be lots of young people sitting around singing songs with no intention of reaching out to others with a pastor thinking that would be a nice thing to do.
Oh… and the other one is when people say “the first time I walked into xxx I felt so welcomed” Well I felt pretty welcomed the last time I walked into a furniture store but I wouldn’t want to do that every Sunday.
So how should one judge a church? I’m not sure. I’d love to hear any suggestions.
The one question that has always been my first question, which I have never had a positive answer for, is “How would a deeply spiritual non-Xn person looking to explore Xn spirituality and Faith fit in to this church?”