Some of you might remember that my family and I searched for a new church at the end of last year. Do you ever wonder how people like us make that decision? We triaged churches until we found the one ended up choosing. Here is how we did it.
First, we eliminated certain types of churches right off the bat. These were churches that we could not agree with on essential matters such as the person of Christ and salvation. We would not even be able to consider these type of churches Christian. This is probably the easiest stage of the process.
Next, were churches that we simply disagree with on certain non-essential matters. This could be something like infant baptism. I can consider these people brothers and sisters. I could join with them in something like an occasional community service, but I would not able to regularly attend or join their church. I wish them well in their pursuit of Christ.
We move on next to churches that we share the same basic beliefs regarding essential and non-essential matters. Perhaps the only difference in these churches would be worship style. We went to one church that is doing great things, but we were not comfortable with the music. I see this as boiling down to preference. We simply preferred another type of music.
Finally, we boiled it down to two churches. Both would have made good churches for us. What tipped us over to the one we chose? It was simply a connection. We visited both multiple times. It was the relationships in the one we chose. The relationships came easy in it.
We triaged the churches in our area and those we visited during our church search. We ended up at the church that God led us to.
What do you think? Would you triage churches if you were going through a church search?