Someone close to me is “church shopping” as they say. It’s a term I’ve heard a few times and it fit rather well with how our society has evolved.
Everybody wants choices today, and I say that without judgment. No longer do women want to forsake their career to raise a family. No longer do retirees face a limited life. No longer do young women seek immediate marriage.
It’s all about choices and that extends to church as well. My friend has tried three or four different churches so far and found pluses and minuses with each.
At one, the music was too modern and loud. At another, the congregation was largely older. At yet another, she didn’t connect with the pastor.
I’m sure the next church she attends will be a perfect fit. Or maybe not. But it does raise an interesting question: what do younger people look for in a church? And how do they choose?
No question it can be a difficult and personal process. Longtime Christian writer and editor Mary Fairchild offered 14 points to consider when looking for a new church.
I thought these four tips she includes at the end of her column are most helpful:
* Remember, there is no perfect church.
* Visit a church at least three times before making a decision either way.
* Don’t try to change a church. Most of them are set in their mission. There are so many different ones out there to choose from, it’s best to just find one that’s a good “fit” for you.
*Don’t give up. Keeping searching until you find the right church. Being in a good church is too important to neglect.
Are you are York County transplant? If so, what was important to you when choosing your church here?