For some biblical help on finding the right church, check out my message What the Church Should Be. The gist of the message is to look for a church that is a teaching church, a relational church, and a missional church.
In addition, here are some practical suggestions:
- Visit the church website before attending. Spend some time googling for churches and use the church-finder sites listed below. You can find out a lot about what a church values and emphasizes. If they don't have a website they may not be very relevant, and if they don't talk about Jesus and the Word they probably aren't worth your time.
- Contact a staff member to ask some questions. You can do this through e-mail, phone, or by setting up a meeting. A few simple questions will give you a good sense of where the church is at.
- Be patient as you look for a church. If you have been a part of a great church community with great teaching realize your expectations are high, and they should be. But you may not find the exact same fit. Don't compromise on your church choice, but recognize that everything may not be perfect. Focus on the most important things - the teaching, relationships, and being on mission with Jesus.
- Pray. If you're seeking to walk with Christ, He has a place for you to be engaged. Or maybe He wants you to help plant a new work in your new community. Either way, seeking him in prayer will make things clear.