Finding a good church to get plugged in to and a place that encourages growth on your spiritual journey is so key. In my experiences it can be pretty difficult to find a place. Personally for me since I’m a little more charismatic and expect things which makes it a little tougher. Thinking about this recently came to my mind because I’m soon unfortunately going to have to go through this process again. I’ll be headed back to Cleveland and I know a few places back there but not sure really where I’m going to go for church.
It took me awhile in Kalamazoo to finally find a place that I honestly can say has been so awesome for me and I feel right at home there. Toward the end of my college days I began to a place that was very similar but left before I got really involved since I graduated and moved away.
Continuing on this journey and finding people along the way who can help you and you can help to grow closer to God is vital. It talks in the Bible about the importance of community and it’s affect on development and growth (James 5:16, Proverbs 27:17, Hebrews 10:24-25). I was at a house church in Cincy last week and we had a really great discussion about community and how having people around you to encourage and equip each other only helps our faith and our relationship with God.
Finding a place that fits what your looking for can be difficult, me personally I value prayer, community, anointed worship, solid teacher and freedom for movement of Holy Spirit. I have been to some really great places and don’t want to bash them but at some places there was like no prayer and I’d pray over people and it surprised people that I’d do that ha. I’ve found it hard since I want to see revival breakout, see people get healed and truly experience Him. Not everyone wants that you know, lot of environments are cool with the way things are and it challenges me and its hard for me to be in those places.
We each have our own things we are looking for in a church and we shouldn’t settle you know. Just like finding a spouse lol ha we can settle and be okay with it but why do that when we can find the right one.
We shouldn’t feel stuck at a church that isn’t meeting what we are looking for in a church. For a short season I felt stuck somewhere and it was a time where I needed solid community and encouragement and I was struggling with things and had to face them on my own. It was tough but you know the Lord provides and moved in other ways during that season.
A friend of mine from Toledo told me once that if you find a place that has the glory and passionate community to cherish it and if it takes you an hour to drive there it’s worth it. In my case not sure I will want to drive 5 hours to Kzoo and back every Sunday lol ha would love to but until we get the technology to teleport not sure I’ll be able to do that haha.
Yeah that’s really all I had just the importance of finding a solid church home where you can continue to grow, be equipped, be encouraged and be sent out to expand the Kingdom. It may look different to each one of us you know but having that place where you can be loved, be poured into, pour out and grow just is so important. It’s hard to go on this journey alone. Love you all.