Now that Josh and I are pretty well settled in Birmingham we’ve been doing the Church Search. I think this is possibly one of the hardest things to do when moving to a new city, especially when you’ve had great church homes in the past. You always end up comparing the churches you are visiting to the ones to your old church home(s). Doesn’t that seem a little wrong? COMPARING churches to one another? It definitely feels weird to me. Finding a church home that fits your family is really important and really does require some analysis…but how can you do this in a way that isn’t judgmental? After all, aren’t we called to LOVE one another…not JUDGE?
On our search for a new church home I’ve tried to be really respectful and not criticize the message or the congregation. The reality is, every church is not going to be a good fit. Hello – that’s why we have a ton of different denominations – all believers don’t approach faith in the same way. These churches we’ve “tried out” are obviously providing nourishment to their congregation…even if it didn’t seem like the right fit for us.
While we haven’t found our new church home yet, I’m confident we will. God will find a place that nourishes us, provides us with community, and has a worship service and message that reaches to our core.