Church Quest 9: Looking back and looking forward

We’ve reached the end of the scheduled posts in my Church Quest series, chronicling our decision to leave our church of ten years to find one that fits our family better. From here on out any additions to the series will be sporadic as ideas come up and the path rounds corners. If anyone has missed the previous posts in the series, here are the links:

 Yesterday we went to church – I announced our decision to leave and provided some very basic reasons why.

Church Quest 2: Our Church History 101 – Our journey of faith from early adulthood through our mid-twenties.

Church Quest 3: Our Church History 201 - Our journey of faith from our mid-twenties to the current.

Church Quest 4: Why we originally planned to stay – The reasons we had planned until a few months ago to stay at Grace despite doctrinal and cultural differences.

Church Quest 5: Why we ultimately decided to leave – The reasons that led us to decide it was time to leave and find a new church home.

Church Quest 6: What we like about our current church – We have appreciated our time at Grace and the church has many attributes we would like to find in our next one. Here are a few of them.

Church Quest 7: The Dream List – Before we started visiting churches Lyndie and I made a list of all the attributes our “perfect” church would have. WE ARE FULLY AWARE SAID PERFECT CHURCH DOES NOT EXIST. We made that list so we could make this one:

Church Quest 8: The Non-Negotiables – These are the attributes a new church will have to exhibit if we are going to make it our home.

We have visited three churches so far. We liked two of them (and they are very different from each other) and I would rather not talk about the third one right now till my stomach settles. We have at least three more in mind to check out here in town, and a couple others a little distance away that we might at least visit. I’ll let you know how it all goes. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. It has been great hearing from so many of you, both in the comments and in private emails, that you understand and have gone through similar experiences. I would love to hear more of your stories. Thanks for reading.

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6 Responses to Church Quest 9: Looking back and looking forward

  1. Don Ledford says:

    I’ve been following your series and appreciate so much the spirit of these posts. My wife and I went through this process, though for us the struggle was to find a new church where we would both be comfortable despite our contrasting theological backgrounds, before settling into an Evangelical Covenant Church that we’ve called home for the past five years. I would love to hear your thoughts on the churches that you visit … please keep posting!

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