The phrase “church shopping” sounds all wrong when it comes to looking for the right church to go to as it brings out the aspect of choosing a church like it is a product aimed at satisfying personal needs. There is sense when the “shopping” metaphor is compared to the process of purchasing a house where the buyer has to make compromises. In most cases a decision has to be made between the necessary options and choices which are just appealing to you. Looking for a church will require that you make such decisions. 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. Thinking through some considerations and praying are some of the few ways that will help you pick a church where you can go to fellowship with other people. One of the factors to consider is community. 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. If the church is far from your place, it will be unrealistic for you to participate in community life. 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.
Service is also a factor to be considered. 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. Before choosing a church, compare the structure and governance of various churches. 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. The governance of the church dictates how church money is spent, filling of leadership roles in the church, individuals eligible for the roles and the process of joining or leaving the congregation. Even though you might not find a perfect church for you, the important thing is to belong to a community where you can fellowship.