What to look for in a new Church?

Looking for a new church

Everything on this earth changes. TV Shows end, The Doctor regenerates, and pizza gets eaten. On a similar note, you may not stay at your church forever. One day, you may well find yourself looking for a different church to worship at.

The reasons why you’re looking for a new church may vary, perhaps there were theological differences about the arrangement of the chairs? Maybe you were put off by the new lady preacher? Or maybe… you either just fancy a change / ‘called’ to a different church / moved to a different area.

Whatever your reason, here are 10 things to look out for in a new Church:

  1. Does the Church meet at a reasonable time on a Sunday morning?
  2. Obviously your new church must be exactly like the Church in Ephesians Chapter 4.
  3. Make sure the preacher agrees with your understanding of the Bible.
  4. Ensure the worship music is YOUR style of music.
  5. Is it a mature Church?
  6. Does this church have the correct understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit and how that work is manifested?
  7. Is the truth spoken by people “in love”?
  8. Is the coffee drinkable?
  9. The minister is someone who is charismatic, sensitive, clever, musically gifted, open to questions, a natural charismatic, time for everyone, always smiling, and driving the growth of the church.
  10. Remember. Looking for a church exactly the same as your old church is ridiculous. No one can clone that many people at an affordable price. Yet.

Any other ideas?

Keep Calm Love Jesus!

Do you know someone who needs to keep calm?
Do you know someone who loves Jesus?
Do you know someone who loves those “Keep Calm…” slogans?
Do you know someone who needs to be told to Keep Calm and Love Jesus?

How about grabbing this TShirt and wearing it when you next see them?

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Where’s The Love?

Update: World Vision president Rich Stearns has spoken to the Huffington Post giving insight into what the staff at World Vision have been through over the last week.

I feel sorry for World Vision.

On Monday 24th March, Christianity Today reported the following about World Vision:

World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.

Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’s largest Christian charities.

Judging from the comments on line, it looks like the American branch of World Vision was besieged by angry Christians armed to the teeth with pitchforks and flaming arrows. Judging from the tweets from people talking about pulling their child sponsorship, I think its fair to say that people weren’t happy.

Forty Eight hours later, the following statement is released by World Vision:

 “The board acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman. … We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority.”

Prompting what is currently a small flurry of negative comments about World Vision from people who supported their original decision.

Not a good time to be working for World Visions PR. Cant help but feel sorry for those guys. Hopefully by this time next week the storm will have passed for them. If nothing else positive has come from this, hopefully some new people have signed up to sponsor a kid over the last couple of days. Then at least there would have been some love shown in this situation.

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Romance tips?

Seems someone found the church sofa after doing a search for “religious studies chat up lines”.

I hope we helped your Religious Studies class.