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How to Find a Church

What to look for #1: Love

When you walk through the doors on Sunday morning of a brand new church can you see and experience the love of God, and are people greeting you? Do you feel welcome? Can you sense the love of God through the people fellowshipping there? The world that we live in can be cruel and uncaring but the church that we attend should be just the opposite.

What to look for #2: The Bible

The main question that anyone looking for a church must ask is related to the Holy Scriptures. Does the church teach them in a relevant and applicable way? Is the Bible held as the highest authority in all church matters? When you find a church that is looking to the Bible for all of life's answers then you are far along on your journey to finding the right church for you.

What to look for #3: Prayer

All of us need prayer and the church is just the place for it! We need to pray for others, pray for ourselves and we also need to be prayed for. God always answers prayer! A good question to ask when looking for a church is whether they have a prayer ministry or a prayer meeting. If they have one then take advantage of it and ask for prayer.

What to look for # 4: Worship

Worship simply means, "ascribing to God all His worth" and we are called to worship God in every aspect of our lives. As human beings we can relate to God through music and singing, and it is a wonderful way to worship Him. The first thing that you will notice when you visit different churches is that they have various styles of worship music. Some churches sing hymns, some sing contemporary praise songs and some have a blend of both. Look for a worship service that both inspires you individually and also pleases God.

What to look for # 5: Ministries

All of us come to a new church with our own personal story. Some of us are married with children, some of us are single; we may be divorced or even be recovering from grief. Wherever you find yourself on your personal journey with God, ask yourself an important question when visiting a church "how can I serve here and who can I be ministered to"? If you have a particular spiritual need, look at the church bulletin or call the church office to find out what ministries are offered. After you identify how the church can minister to you, then you can begin to identify how you can be a blessing to others in that church.

What to look for # 6: Missions

Each church was founded with a mission. Whether that mission is to primarily reach the un-churched or to disciple believers, you can guarantee that the church has a core purpose. Being in a missions minded church simply means that the church has a passion to see the world touched by Christ. Ask yourself whether God can give you a passion for the same mission that He has laid on the heart of those who already worship there. Jesus said, "a house divided cannot stand". It is always good to search your heart before you join a church and ask whether you are united in purpose with that fellowship.

What to look for #7: Relationships

This is the final key to finding the right church for you. Christianity is a relationship! We were created to have a relationship with God and when we do, God calls us to love other people. Healthy churches provide opportunities for people to get connected whether they are in small group "home fellowships" or other special events. Remember - God has made us all different and it would not be a church if we all looked the same. The church that God calls you to may personally stretch you to meet and love folks that you would never have anything in common with. That is a good thing! The Bible tells us that that God gives wisdom to all who ask Him for it. So pray and ask God to guide you to the right church for you and He promises that He will. May God richly bless you on your adventure!

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  1. AaronC_0020 posted on 02/16/2013 11:55 AM
    AMEN!
  2. Grant N SherryW posted on 06/19/2014 09:43 AM
    We have just moved here to BC and in the South Surrey/White Rock area, we are looking for a church to worship and that has bible study. Can any one help us out in finding a church.

    Thanks and God Bless
    1. Lori-Anne posted on 09/10/2014 02:58 PM
      @Grant N SherryW Hi, welcome to BC! I don't live in the White Rock/S. Surrey area, but I used to attend Peace Portal Alliance church as a teen. That is the huge church at the corner of 152 and King George Hwy. I'm not too sure what they are like now (it's been a few, ok many, years since I was there) but they do have a lot of classes, etc.
      Prayers that you will find a church that you feel at home in and are growing in, and that your move to BC has been a smooth one so far.
    2. Linnea Bell posted on 09/12/2014 09:07 AM
      @Grant N SherryW 'The Village' held in the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey (64th Ave & 144(?)) is definitely worth checking out. The church has exploded. The Lord is doing great things there! Great messages and community. Worth the little longer drive.

      Blessing and welcome to BC!
  3. Karla Harrington posted on 09/08/2014 06:47 PM
    My husband and I are looking for a church in Langley area, we are newlyweds and we are looking for a church that has small groups, bible studies... etc.
    1. Lori-Anne posted on 09/10/2014 02:54 PM
      @Karla Harrington Hi Karla, I attend Jericho Ridge Community...they meet at the Langley Events Centre (200th and 78th) at 10:30. Our first fall-kick off service is this Sunday (the 14th) with a free BBQ, if you are interested. I'm not too sure which area of Langley you are in. There are a lot of wonderful churches to choose from!
    2. Linnea Bell posted on 09/12/2014 09:01 AM
      @Karla Harrington Hi Klara,

      I grew up going to Christian Life Assembly in Langley (across from Langley Airport and beside Langley Secondary School). Although I don't go there any longer (I'm a member of Coastal Church in downtown Vancouver... you should come to our Anniversary Service at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this Sunday at 10:30 am), my dad still goes to CLA and two people in the Life/Home Group I host are members and leaders at CLA. It's a Pentecostal church with Missions, Recovery, Bible Study, etc. You should check it out.

      There are also exciting things happening at 'The Village' held in the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey (64th Ave and 144th(?)) if you don't mind driving a little ways. GREAT messages and community. Worth checkin' out!
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