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Old 11-08-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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I am interested in how people here have found their church. I was going to an Episcopal church, I like the Pastor there but I want to keep looking. I felt very turned off when the 'sermon' was a plea on charitable giving from the Vestry, that really turned me off.

I was raised Episcopal but there are other Christian churches in the area. I am thinking of exploring others. I know from a prior experience with a horrible leader at a different church that it can be hit or miss with finding a place of worship where it clicks, feels like a fit.

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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You will need to go awhile to see if this is the right church for you.
I go to the Presbyterian church whose belief is Scripture must be read and Scripture must be preached,
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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I go to an Evangelical Free Church, which believes that scripture is from God and it is taught as the unimpeachable Word of God. But, I've been to many other Christian churches in my years, from Methodist to Baptist to Assembly of God. I think I like the teachings of the EFC most as they seem to agree most with scriptures, but, of course, no one has all of it completely right.

One thing I will note is that most churches are going to preach on giving/tithing at some point, as they all need the tithe to continue serving the flock, but I have been in churches where that seemed to be the only emphasis and it made me look for other churches. I need to be fed from all scripture to grow

Never hurts to look around, but sometimes the message we're hearing is one we need to hear, whether we like it or not (I say that because it's happened to me more than once). God bless!
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I am LDS (Mormon), and I cannot imagine myself belonging to a different faith. Not because I think less of other faiths, but because I feel so comfortable! There is a great deal of commitment and study of the Gospel as it appears in the Bible and The Book of Mormon, but there are also so many opportunities to serve others, and it is such a nice place to raise children because it's quite structured and I feel children need that kind of structure. Also you can find a church wherever you go, with the same hierarchical structure, lessons being taught each Sunday, etc. It's very organized, and yes, you have to pay tithing but tithing is only 10% of your income and you never hear about it in the "sermons" from the Bishop. I never felt obliged, it was always a matter of faith (which is how tithing should work). I don't know, it works for me and my family, and we feel very complete. Ultimately it is a personal matter, a matter of searching what brings you joy and what fits your spiritual needs.
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My Favorite church is 4-Square.They teach from the Bible.......and they have beauiful lmusic


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I am LDS (Mormon), and I cannot imagine myself belonging to a different faith. Not because I think less of other faiths, but because I feel so comfortable! There is a great deal of commitment and study of the Gospel as it appears in the Bible and The Book of Mormon, but there are also so many opportunities to serve others, and it is such a nice place to raise children because it's quite structured and I feel children need that kind of structure. Also you can find a church wherever you go, with the same hierarchical structure, lessons being taught each Sunday, etc. It's very organized, and yes, you have to pay tithing but tithing is only 10% of your income and you never hear about it in the "sermons" from the Bishop. I never felt obliged, it was always a matter of faith (which is how tithing should work). I don't know, it works for me and my family, and we feel very complete. Ultimately it is a personal matter, a matter of searching what brings you joy and what fits your spiritual needs.
Good luck in your search!
Hey! I'm LDS too!!

seabiscuit, if you'd like you can go to mormon.org and read up on our faith. :-)
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Hey! I'm LDS too!!

seabiscuit, if you'd like you can go to mormon.org and read up on our faith. :-)
Woot! That's awesome! In forums like this I tend to not talk about religion but since she asked... LOL

I know, I'm a lousy missionary. :P

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Visit, visit, visit. It can take awhile to find the church where you are comfortable and "at home". Also depends on what you want from church. We wanted a friendly church where we felt like we were accepted with activities we could participate in, and one that stayed true to the gospel. We eventually found a non-denominational Christian Church that seeks to "Intentionally live out the word of God." (that is actually their motto but we didn't know it until after we'd started attending). The doors are open to everyone - we were welcomed every time we visited, invited to join activities, the sermons were motivating and growth-inspiring, and it just "feels right"!
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:51 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the tips and advice. I may try going to a new church tomorrow, maybe...

I get nervous in the getting to know you phase of relationships with new people, especially at coffee hour type things.

I'm definitely Christian, but thank you for mentioning LDS, I just don't think that's for me.

Have a good night!

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Hello.

My husband and I are Lutheran (ELCA) - He's actually in the process of finding his first call, after finishing seminary, so he can be ordained!

I did the church hunting thing for a while, too, before I met my husband. I wouldn't let one sermon stop you from attending a church where you like the pastor. Look at it from other angles, too. Aside from the topic, did you like his/her style of preaching? Was s/he engaged or monotone reading from his/her notes? Did the congregation interact with you at all? (this has been my biggest issue). If you liked the church as a whole, I'd go back and give the preaching another chance. Stewardship sermons are not the most fun to hear, and according to my husband, they aren't the most fun to preach, either.

I'm going to be very sad when we move out of this area after my husband accepts a call... The church we attend here feels like "home" and the pastor there is a gem. I'm going to miss it! The one we attended last year when we lived in Texas was so different. It felt like a members only club, and they were only being nice to me because my husband was in a leadership role there.

Good luck on your search.
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