Archive for October, 2009
Posted by John Klassek in Uncategorized on October 17th, 2009
Finding a church home may not be an issue for some, but for many within the Christian community, a stable church home can sometimes seem remote.
The facts speak for themselves. Churches are great at moving people within the Christian community, when the greatest growth ought instead to come from those in society who don’t yet know God. Still, it’s a reality that must be faced.
So, if you’re looking for a church home, you may want to consider the following three areas:
- Can you generally agree on the basic theological tenets?
- Can you genuinely worship there?
- Does your participation in Church life allow you to effectively serve?
If you can say “yes” to each of these three, then you’ve found your church home. Give it your best, and in humility thank God for a place of nurture, growth and service.
But, if perchance you cannot see eye to eye on core theological underpinnings, then over time this will probably impede your ability to worship or effectively serve.
If your worship of God is hindered, either by form or setting, then think deeply whether the spiritual distraction is worth it.
If you cannot effectively serve or share of your gifts, for whatever reasons, be it culture, legalism or authoritarianism, then you may have to find a place where you can serve.
These unfortunate realities do exist and occur; the above criteria may, however, help you in your walk with God.
Remember, there are no healthy solo Christians. We all need community in Christ. And, of course, in becoming an active member of any Church community, we naturally sacrifice some sovereignty. You are no longer your own, you are now Christ’s.
And, one last tip: there’s no such thing as the perfect church; churches shouldn’t however accept the sinner “just as you are” but cater for the genuinely repentant seeking healing, help and community.