The phrase “church shopping” sounds all wrong when it comes to looking for the right church to go to as it brings out the aspect of choosing a church like it is a product aimed at satisfying personal needs. There is sense when the “shopping” metaphor is compared to the process of purchasing a house where the buyer has to make compromises. In most cases a decision has to be made between the necessary options and choices which are just appealing to you. Choosing the right church for you will need you to make the same choices. 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.
That is why you have to make compromises so that you can commit to one church other than being spiritually homeless. Deciding on the church to go to is a scary task which can be made simple by praying and having in mind some factors to consider. Community is one of the factors to consider when looking for a church. Check the things that the church members do together, whether real membership will be demanded and if being part of the church makes you and other members feel valued. Pick a church whose members have a culture of mutually supporting each other, and appreciate honesty and accountability.
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. Go to a church whose convictions are what you believe in too. Establish if the church offers a stage to facilitate your spiritual growth and whether their style of teaching matches your style.
Service is also a factor to be considered. Discipleship, being part of a community and service to others are some of the reasons of looking to belong to a church. Feeding the hungry,clothing the naked are among services to the needy that the church you are considering should take part in. The structure of the church which also involves its governance is another important aspect to consider. The progress of the community largely depends on the governance of the church hence the leaders should be reliable. 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. The church you choose may not have all that you expected, but you should settle in and make the place be your home.