So you’re ready to start looking for a church but you’re not comfortable “church hopping”. So, where do you go from here?
I really recommend going to a church for 3-4 weeks before making a final decision. The first Sunday we went to the church we currently attend, somehow we got stuck right behind some people who talked through the entire Praise and Worship time. It was discouraging for me because that time was so crucial for me with all that was going on!
We continued to go because the message was written just for us every week and the Holy Spirit kept leading us back. If we would have gotten so upset from those 2 people who talked the whole time our very first visit, we would have missed out on so many blessings and the meeting of new friends and building of new relationships. Sure, we would have life experiences wherever we ended up, but not with these people, on these mission trips, with this ministry/ church family.
By the 3rd Sunday at this church… After the 3rd sermon confirming God knew exactly what was going on, exactly where we were, and exactly what we needed to hear from the Word, it was a done deal! We knew without a doubt that this would be our new church.
As I’ve stated before, we don’t know if we’ll be there for 5 years or 50 years. What we do know is that this is where we are supposed to be now. We are open to the leading and guiding of the Lord and realize there are seasons of life. We are completely enjoying this particular season and believe that no matter how long we stay here or how many new friends move from here, we have made some wonderful covenant relationships that are sure to stand the test of time!
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and forgiving of minor dents or potholes or whatever you want to call people who talk through church 😉 realize that people are human. Your very first visit may be a little awkward no matter what just because of nervousness. Don’t allow this to make you stay home in your Jammie’s next weekend! Be faithful to search the will of God through your entire journey! And no matter where you end up, enjoy the process!!