“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. At the end the buyer is always left to choose the necessary options or that one which is nice. You will be forced to make compromises when it comes to choosing a church. 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. 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. One of the factors to consider is community. 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.
Geographical location of the church is an important factor to look at as you might be required to be in touch with other members more than once in a week. 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. The theology of the church you are planning to go to should be considered. 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. 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 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. Before choosing a church, compare the structure and governance of various churches. The progress of the community largely depends on the governance of the church hence the leaders should be reliable. 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. Fellowship is the most important thing, therefore settle in in whatever church you find and with time all things to do with the church will be familiar.