Search for a Church: 9 Months & Counting

Last September following a move across the country my wife and I began to search for a church.  That search is ongoing.  To date we have reviewed the websites of 40+ Mainline Protestant congregations in our area identified 26 congregations for visits visited 23 congregations and planned visits to the 3 remaining congregations selected 5 congregations that appear possible matches and committed to visiting each a second time this summer Several key categories help me process my Read More …

Friendly Churches

In small congregations it is easy for long timers to recognize newcomers.  In very large congregations, including megachurches, no one knows everyone.  While these contrasts may suggest that smaller size is correlated to more friendly congregations, research has shown that how first time guests perceive their experiences is based on far more than just size.  Faith Perceptions work finds that, overall, the most effective congregation sizes for positive first time guest experiences Read More …