Your life is made up of many parts. Your family life, your professional life, your social life, and the list goes on. All of these pieces make up a full life, and can help you live it to the fullest. While all of these are important, many people find a good church to be a great part of their life. This can mean many things for different people, and each of us has to make the decision as to what that means for us. As in making career or relationship choices, we each must decide what type of church to attend.
There are many factors to consider, and each one is vitally important as a key component of your church selection. Here are a few points to consider:
- Does the church match your style? Do you like to dress up when you go to church, or do you prefer to go in jeans and flip flops. This may seem minor to some, but to others it is a big deal. As you are looking for a church to attend and make part of your life, you may want to consider how the prevailing dress code affects your idea of what church means. Some prefer to take the extra time to get dressed up and make that a part of their ritual. Others prefer to show up as they wish and to meet God on their terms.
- Does the church have the programs you need for you and your family? An often overlooked piece of choosing a church is how it will engage the whole family. This is a part of the process that can either bring a family together or push them apart. You must understand how the church will be able to impact your family as a whole. If all members are engaged, this can be an activity that will help to bring the family together. If you are not sure if the church can meet the needs of your whole family, you should ask questions about how they can. Find out if the church you are considering attending has the tools to help your family as a whole.
- Does the church you are considering hold a similar belief system as you? This can be a tricky one. In Christianity there are many different varieties of denominations, branches etc. Ensuring you are choosing one that has similar values to you is important. You may be considering something outside of your comfort zone, and this can be a great journey for you. If this is the case, consider what things you can live with and those you can not. This can help you make a better informed decision about what church you will attend.
No mater the place you choose to attend in Santa Monica churches, be sure you have considered the list above as a guideline. What other things would you add to your list? It may be time to take the ideas I have proposed, and make them your own. You may find you will have more to add.