If finding a home church is important to you, the search in a new city can be quite frustrating. The right size, age group, classes, denomination, and ideology you want are all important factors to consider during your search. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Ask friends and coworkers who you trust where they go

Asking around is a super easy way to begin your search. If you know of some co-workers who attend church, ask them about it, and I am sure they would be happy to talk to you. Others in your office may even be looking themselves, and you can try churches together. 

Decide how far you want to commute 

I am sure there are some great churches in your new city, but some of them may be 30 minutes away. Are you willing to wake up and drive that far? Maybe! Decide how far you want to commute each Sunday because if it is too far you might get tired of it and stop going.

Become involved with Bible studies

Getting involved and meeting people within the religious sphere is a great way to find fellowship and a church. There are countless campus ministries at most schools and sometimes there are even bible study groups in the workplace. Also, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is a wonderful, international organization that has groups in almost every city and has been around since 1959. They offer morning and evening times, as well as women and young adult groups. Make friends and try their church! 

Decide what denomination you want to stick to

This is probably the most important factor to consider! What type of church do you want? Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, the list goes on and on. There are also different branches of denominations that can be extremely polarized from each other, so genuinely consider what you want and feel comfortable with.

Research, research, research

Before you try a church, research it. Sometimes churches appear different from what they actually are. Look up their website, read their beliefs and church constitution, and figure out if it might be a good fit for you. 

Makenzi C