Church Hunting

By: Andrew Lovgren

Leaving your home church and finding a new one can be a daunting proposition.

Dressed in a light brown suit from the 70s, Diamond Dave took the stage.

As he sang/spoke about how glad he was that we were there for the show tonight, I turned my head
and whispered to my wife. “What on earth is going on?”

It was the third of our Sunday morning church visits and by far the most unique.

Having grown up within the same church, finding a new one isn’t a familiar task. But with each new visit came a new set of quirks, along with hordes of people to meet after the service.

Diamond Dave continued his show in the darkened, auditorium-like room, and the service
progressed into the launch of a new sermon series. This wasn’t the norm, but for first time visitors
like us, it was a dramatic first impression.

Moving from church to church each Sunday, we’ve encountered almost everything imaginable, and Dave was the tip of the iceberg. Free pizza, hyperactive announcements, an admittedly dying church body.

After each visit, the question remained: what should a home church look like? Some of the churches
had wonderful, concert-like music. Some had a strong desire to create relationships, to the point of
being overwhelming.

Without knowing what exactly we’re looking for, going to the same church every Sunday will be a
difficult decision. Growing up, the importance was placed upon the service itself, and attending at 9:30 each week was crucial to spiritual life. In college, the importance was on the service not being at 9:30.

Growing up, the importance was placed upon the service itself, and attending at 9:30 each week was crucial to spiritual life. In college, the importance was on the service not being at 9:30.

Now, moving into a new area with a lack of connections, the key so far is finding that church family. Catchy music and a strong sermon would be easier to find, in fact we have in several locations.

As our original views of church are challenged by those we encounter each week, what we
look for changes. Until we choose one and settle into the fabric of the church body, it’s difficult to
know for sure what we’re even looking for.

What has your experience been when finding a church? What do you look for? Either comment below or send your story to CardboardMagazine@Gmail.com and it may be published in a future article.

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