Selecting your family’s church is a highly personal choice, made through trial and error, referral, or even prayer. If you are new to church or are considering leaving your current one or even moving to a new city, here are a few things that can help you in your search for a new church.
- Sunday School – If you have children, you will probably want to look for a Santa Monica Christian church that has a good program for your kids. Finding a place for them to enjoy church while you can have your own time at church away from them is important for families. Church needs to be fun for children for them to feel engaged and get more out of it. Typically when they have to sit with their parents and be quiet, they simply get bored or disruptive.
- Location – This may not seem like the most important aspect of finding a new house of worship for yourself or your family, but it can be a factor depending on other circumstances. Perhaps you or your spouse have to work weekends sometimes, or maybe your car is not terribly reliable. In that case, you might want to choose a Christian church that is close to a transportation line in case your car breaks down. Or perhaps you need a church that is closer to home so that you can make it to work on time after the Sunday service.
- Reputation – You want to select a church that is respected in the neighborhood and with its parish. This is a little bit more difficult to get a handle on, but if you were to do an online search for Christian churches in Santa Monica, you are likely to find reviews of various churches in the area and testimonies from people who have visited them. You will need to try them out yourself to know if there is any validity to the reviews, but attending a church with a good reputation for taking care of its visitors and is in line with your beliefs is important to your ability to worship there.
- Values – This can go hand in hand with the reputation factor, but you might have non traditional values on certain things that have typically had a hard line drawn against them in the Christian church. Many of those moods have lightened considerably, but making sure that you are still able to worship on a weekly basis without feeling like your beliefs are in the wrong is important. Find a place that is kind and welcoming, no matter the person on the receiving end of that kindness, and you will be able to go there every week without hesitation.
These are just a few of the factors to consider when choosing your family’s next or newest church, and many of them are highly personal and individualized. You will likely need to try out a few different places, particularly if you have moved to a new city, before selecting just one church.