Looking for a church?

From Rohn Peterson…

I do not like looking for a church.  Whenever our family has moved we have had to search for a church.  I feel like Goldilocks when searching.  Not too big, not too small.  Not too loud nor too soft. Not too traditional or nontraditional…etc.  Fortunately, we live in a country where we have choices and churches of all shapes and sizes.  That should help my attitude but it somehow doesn’t.

Perhaps I don’t like looking for a church because of the weight I place on the decision.  In my mind church is where I get fed spiritually.  Unfortunately, I forget that the church is just restaurant fare and not my daily fare of spiritual food.

Here are some things I need to remind myself:

  1. My spiritual food comes from God who communicates to me through his word. My church should support this but it is not a personal chef following me around all day to feed me. I need to be responsible for my spiritual growth, not a pastor or church.
  2. There is no perfect church and the more we focus on trying to make it perfect the more imperfect it becomes.
  3. The church does not exist to meet the needs of Rohn Peterson. I read through the Bible one year and no where did I see my name mentioned.  Not once.  That was disappointing.  I did read that I am called to meet the needs of others.

Fortunately, there are churches who recognize that church is not about us but about God.  Church is not about being perfect but about being imperfect and throwing ourselves on the God who has redeemed us in spite of our imperfections.  I am thankful that Crosspoint Community Church in Eureka, IL is an imperfect church and realizes it.  That is why I like it and that is why I was gladly able to end my search when they let us in.