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Finding the right church

Active and spiritually oriented youth groups may be a factor in choosing the right church
Active and spiritually oriented youth groups may be a factor in choosing the right churchDavid Bowden

Let's say you've just moved to Greensboro, the boxes are unpacked, the kids are settled in their new schools and the job seems to be moving along fairly well. You feel that it's time to find the right church, but how do you start? Or maybe you've lived in Greensboro for awhile, but haven't yet found a church that feels like home.


How do you find the right place to grow, fellowship, serve and worship with other Christians?

Greensboro is blessed with approximately 850 Christian Churches. Of course everyone has their own definition of what constitutes "Christianity". Usually a Believer defines his or her faith by their denomination. Whether you are a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, African Methodist Episcopal, Catholic, Assembly of God, or any of the plethora of Christian denominations, you can most likely find a church in Greensboro that will nurture your faith and draw you closer to God.


Believe it or not, if you are a newcomer to Greensboro, the Yellow Pages can be a good place to start your search. Find a familiar denomination and Mapquest it. You are more likely to attend faithfully if the church is close to your home. Visit at least three times within two months. Choose three to four churches to "test drive" and try one non-denominational church. You may be surprised to find how your love for God and style of worship has changed over the years.


If you are attending a church and are feeling dissatisfied, or troubled in your Spirit, it may be a nudge from the Lord to explore another amazing Greensboro church. Try a large church, small church, or even a home-based start up.


Consider the needs of your children, if you have a family. Whether you are married or single, think about your motivation for church attendance. Are you looking for fellowship, marriage prospects, entertainment, or Spiritual growth? It can be revealing when you ask yourself why you want to attend church.


Above all, pray. Ask God to show you the right church for yourself and/or your family. Give it time. Your place of worship is of tantamount importance to your life, faith, and joy. Churches are made up of people, and there is no such thing as a flawless gathering of human beings.  A wise person once said "If you find the perfect church, don't join it. You'll spoil it!"

Comments

  • Sheila Siler 4 years ago

    When I moved to Greensboro 24 years ago I did indeed find my church through the Yellow Pages. We are indeed fortunate to have so many choices for community!

  • Shannon 4 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • Peggy Hannah- Charlotte, NC 4 years ago

    Peggy Hannah of Charlotte says:
    First of all - great article. Wise words to those seeking a church in "any town". I agree that visiting a couple of churches for a test drive is a good idea to find out where you want to be each Sunday. Once you find which church you feel your heart is in tune with, you will forever feel like you belong there each week. Thanks for this good message.

  • Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago

    I found my church by looking for my denomination, Moravian. Our church is working on agreements with many other denominations, so I am planning to visit those regularly too. Great article for those new to our community or looking to explore another place of worship.