“Church shopping” is a term that compares the process of looking for a church to that of searching the best product to satisfy ones’ desires, which is somehow wrong. However, the metaphor “shopping” should be approached in a manner compared to that of buying a house which usually requires you to make compromises. Choice between the necessary option and nice option is usually left to the buyer. Looking for a church will require that you make such decisions. It is impossible to find a perfect church because a church being a community, has a blend of different kinds of people with different reasoning.
If you don’t make a commitment to one church, you will end up being spiritual homeless which is not a good thing. Thinking through some considerations and praying are some of the few ways that will help you pick a church where you can go to fellowship with other people. Community is one of the factors to consider when looking for a church. You should ask yourself questions like whether real membership is demanded, if there are activities that will allow all members of the church to participate in and if the members feel valued in order to know if the church emphasizes on members living as a community. You will need to find a church which values virtues such as honesty and accountability, and mutual support among the members encouraged.
Community life should involve more than one day of fellowship, hence it is essential you find a church that is close to where you live. Participating in community life will be possible if the church is physically accessible. Look at what the church you are considering to pick believes in. It is imperative to attend church services where your beliefs are in line with the convictions of the church. A church whose teaching methods are appropriate with your learning and style and your spiritual growth can be enhanced is the right church for you.
Another consideration is service. Discipleship, being part of a community and service to others are some of the reasons of looking to belong to a church. The church you are planning to choose should encourage members to participate in serving the needy like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Before choosing a church, compare the structure and governance of various churches. Reliability of leaders of the church you are considering to choose is key in ensuring the community remains ahead in developments. Some of the decisions in church made by governance are how church money is spent, process of joining or leaving the congregation, filling of leadership roles and individuals eligible for the mentioned roles. Even though you might not find a perfect church for you, the important thing is to belong to a community where you can fellowship.