What to Look for in a New Church

As a transfer student from a tiny community college in North Texas to the now-third largest university in the state, there were a lot of things on my mind as I made the move an hour and a half away from home. High up on my agenda was finding a new church in the city I would soon call home for the academic year.

I’m a church kid; grew up in the same, non-denominational church that my parents had selected. However, when it came time to be an adult and pick my own church, I knew I needed to ask some serious questions of the churches I scoped:

  1. Is this church in my vicinity where I can find other believers with whom to grow and learn? If a church is located far away from my residence, then I can’t participate fully in the life of the Body of Christ.
  2. Are the teachings of this church in line with the core message of the gospel? Perhaps the most important question, because I want to know that the leaders that I submit to are following scripture.
  3. Does this church offer opportunities for me to give back rather than to consume? Responsible Christians care about how they can serve and give to the church. The church needs active members to survive and spread the gospel.
  4. Does this church place emphasis on teaching and building up its members as well as overseas missions? In the great commission, churches stand on the front lines in building up Disciples of Christ and sending out missionaries to spread the gospel.
  5. Does this church take the call seriously to “love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself”? A healthy church cares about those in and outside its walls as Jesus did.

Recommended Resources:

    9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

    What is a Healthy Church Member by Thabiti Anyabwile


Written by Patrick, student at the

University of North Texas


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