In A Time Of Transition — A Post About Church

randomlychad  —  July 2, 2012 — 6 Comments

20120702-054007.jpgMy family and I are in a period of transitioning away from the church we’ve been attending for several years to a new one. In the meantime, we’ve seen God move in amazing ways (you have been a large part of this)

He has blessed us in ways we would never have expected.

So we want to honor Him by finding a fellowship where we can fit in, dive deep, and get involved. Very simply put, we don’t want to be found in a place where we’re “neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:25, ESV).

But we haven’t yet landed in a place that feels like home. I’m telling you because I would covet your prayers in this matter. We of course have a list, and while it seems the most important requirement is seemingly easiest to come by (“a fellowship which teaches the truth”), others are not: a high school service (for our son) which meets at the same time as the main adult service. (For our five-year-old daughter, al seem to have thriving children’s ministries–so that’s not an issue).

That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? You would be surprised at just how many churches have their senior high services at a different time and/or different day from their adult services.

Of our requirements, that is probably the one we are most willing to let go–if we find a place which feels like home.

If you would, please ask our gracious God to lead my family and I to the place where we’re supposed to be. Thank-you!

How about you? Have you ever left the church you called home for so long, only to find it hard to find a new one?

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  • I have wanted so many times to walk away from my church, but every time I try, I feel like God says, “No.” My husband and I have talked about it, but feel that it’s not time to move on yet. We did take a few months once and visited different churches, and found some “fun” churches, but none that made me feel at home, if that makes sense.

    I pray for guidance on your journey!

    • Makes total sense! Thank-you for sharing! And thanks for your prayers!

  • Chad, as you know, I went through this recently. We ended up somewhere that did not match the list. But it was home.

    • And that’s the most important thing, really--somewhere that feels like home.

  • At two different times in my life I left the church I had called home for so long only to find it hard to find a new one. The first time I left to serve as a full-time missionary (in the States) and never seemed to find a church that was my home away from home. When my time of service was over, I came back to my home church only to find that it didn’t seem like home anymore. A friend of mine was a new believer and she didn’t feel comfortable going to my church, so we went in search of a church together. We found one right away, but after a while she quit going. I stayed. I served. But I wasn’t growing. And I wasn’t building any relationships. But I stayed. Funny enough, the church that is now my home started meeting in the same building as the church I was attending. 4 years later, I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else!

    I pray that you find the home you’re looking for, Chad. A home where your family can grow and serve together. It’s out there, somewhere. 🙂

    • Denise, thanks for sharing your story!

      Yes--that’s what we’re looking for: a place where we can “grow and serve together.”

      Welcome to the blog!