Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Church Search

Yes, I said it, the word CHURCH. I'm writing to ask you ladies to pray for Adam and me. We are looking for a church and really having difficulty finding one that fits us. And when I say it "fits" I don't even really know what I mean. I am confused about what I am looking for, and knowing what is important when searching for a faith community.

We have tried the traditional Presbyterian church in the area as well as a more contemporary church that meets on Sunday nights. This past Sunday we went to a church that is somewhere in between the more structured traditional approach and the whimsical, organic approach. If you want a better idea of the churches we've visited, see Adam's blog post here. He explains it a lot better than I can.

The issue for me right now is that I don't feel like I fit in at the church where we've been regularly going. One person, in a matter of at least 5 weeks, has introduced himself to us and recognized that we are new to the group. It isn't a big church, so in my opinion it's not difficult to look around and observe the new faces in the crowd. One of my dilemmas is this: do I base my decision about attending and investing in a church body solely on how welcome I feel there?

In short, I am pretty confused. I would really like to hear if anyone has any insight on the issue. If you have stories, lists of qualities you look for or like about your church, books on the subject, really anything would be of help!

Thanks for letting me rant, and I hope to hear from some of you soon!

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow! when i read your post or ranting, I could so relate. I felt like that when we lived in the springs. I don't know if it was the fact that for the first time jesse and i were having to search together or if we truly did not feel at home anywhere. i'm so thankful that we found denver community church. it's been a huge answer to prayer and i don't say that to rub it in, but rather to encourage you that you will find a place someday. I'll be praying, because i know the frustration you guys are feeling so well. thanks for your honesty.