“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. When the “shopping” metaphor is approached from the perspective of purchasing a house which in most circumstances require the buyer to make compromises, sense is made. Choice between the necessary option and nice option is usually left to the buyer. You will be forced to make compromises when it comes to choosing a church. Setting out to look for a perfect church will be an endless search for you because a church is a community of people who are different in all levels such as skills, opinions and social class.
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.
Since community life of a church involves more than a day, consider looking for a church that is near your place of residence. This is important to enable participate in most activities organized by the church and this will only be possible if you are living close to the church and other members. 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. Establish if the church offers a stage to facilitate your spiritual growth and whether their style of teaching matches your style.
Another consideration is service. Going to church is not only about being disciple and living in community, but also serving others. The church you want to pick should put faith to work by providing service to the needy such as giving clothes to the naked and feeding the hungry. The structure of the church which also involves its governance is another important aspect to consider. Decisions made in the church are done by the leaders of the church,hence good governance will be clearly shown by the progress of the community. Process of joining or leaving the congregation, filling of leadership roles, people viable to fill the leadership roles and spending of the church money are all handled by the church governance. Even though you might not find a perfect church for you, the important thing is to belong to a community where you can fellowship.