We are looking for a new church. What suggestions do you have for choosing a church together?
Finding a place to worship together can be a major challenge for you and your spouse. It’s not just about finding the right place for yourself as an individual; it’s about finding a place of worship that’s right for both of you (and your children also, if you have them).
While you might not necessarily seek a congregation as a consumer, you still have to find that happy medium that works for your entire family–and that will take some careful consideration, observation, and communication.
In today’s video, we’re sharing ideas on choosing the right church for your family.
We all have deeply-held traditions when it comes to church, and we all have a different comfort level when it comes to various worship practices and atmospheres. Our personality and style also heavily factor into our choice of ideal church. The music, the overall feel, how we dress, and what we lean into personally are all things that differ from person to person.
It can be tough to land on the right church as a couple, and even more so once you’ve got kids in the mix. One great way for you to put your heads together about choosing a church is for each of you to make a list about what’s most important to you in a church–maybe 6 to 10 must-haves that you’d love to have at a church.
Next, compare the lists you’ve made, and see where your preferences overlap, and where they differ. How can you work together to find the right balance? What are you most comfortable with?
Be sure to consider practical factors, as well. How far are you willing to drive to church from where you live? How large or small of a church do you want to attend?
Working together to become part of one another’s faith journey is a rewarding experience. And finding a church you can call home, and where you can be spiritually fed, will nurture your marriage and family as well.
How did you and your spouse choose the right church for your family? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!