Posts tagged ‘new church’

October 4, 2012

How to Find the Church That’s Right for You

Nearly two years ago I set out on a journey that would radically change my life and I decided to bring you all along with me. After growing up in the church, my beliefs had changed to where the types of churches I had been going to just weren’t feeding me anymore… I knew I needed a change, but had no real idea of where to start or how to find a new church home. So, I sat down and came up with my own roadmap of how I was going to find the right church for me – and wouldn’t you know it worked?! Here are the posts I wrote throughout the process:

August 30, 2012

Mastering the Art of the Query

Well, things have died down a bit for me and while I’ve got some amazing changes on the horizon, I’ve actually found some time to work on my book again! (and there was much rejoicing!) The first step (for me) to getting my book published is to find myself a literary agent. From what I’ve read and heard, it can be pretty tough to find a literary agent if you’ve a.) never been published before, b.) never worked with an agent before or c.) never known someone who has worked with said agent before. In my case, I’ve never been published and never worked with an agent. I may know someone who knows a good agent, so I’m keeping my ears open for that but mostly what I’ve got to work with is that I’ve got a unique book with nothing like it on the market… I’ve got something that I believe answers a lot of questions when there’s nothing else out there to rival it… So what do I have to do? Master the art of the Query Letter. Or Proposal depending on who you talk to since this is non-fiction…

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October 23, 2010

Submission & Church

I have so much that I want to write about since my last post, but I guess that will just give me more to write about throughout the rest of the week – like a run-through of the ladies night I had yesterday called How-To Guide for the Woman Warrior.

Amongst the responses that I have received about my church hunting updates have been questions about my relationship with Derek and effects that has on my current and future church selections. So, I’ll address some of those questions quickly and let you know what I believe about marriage and churches.

Derek is currently attending church in Swanzey, which is about an hour and a half from my house and a little over 45 minutes from his house. His brother, our friend Chris and Chris’ brother Scott also attend the same church. The church is a great fit for Derek and it’s helping him grow a lot, which we both love. I’ve attended services at the church on various occasions and had considered making the drive out there on Sundays – yes, that sounds very insane, I know. After praying some more, I realized that I couldn’t commit to a church so far away as my home church and still be involved the way I wanted to be during the rest of the week with the community (in and out of the church body). So, Derek and I will both be attending different churches right now. Yes, it is a little sad because, I mean c’mon, he’s my boyfriend and I love having him with me when I’m in church and, well, all the time… But we both definitely feel that we’re on the right paths right now and that it’s best for us to be where God wants us, even if that’s apart for the time being.

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October 10, 2010

Wide is the Gate

After much more of a response to my last entry than I anticipated, I found myself wanting to write back to every person individually, and to clarify some things even more. The trouble is, as I started writing out a reply, I realized it was getting pretty ridiculously long – and that would have been obnoxious. So, I decided it would be fitting to write a different entry more relating to the topics raised in everyone’s responses.

To be honest, I had never heard of Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah or John MacArthur, but I did look them up shortly after the suggestion that I should study their teachings before I choose a church. After reading up on them, I can say that I disagree with some of their theology, especially where spiritual gifts are concerned as I believe they are such an important part in our Christian lives and in what God has in store for His people. Whether you believe spiritual gifts are for now or not, or whether you believe only some are given spiritual gifts, scripture is very clear that there is a place for these gifts in the church, and Paul also states that he wishes we all spoke in tongues like he did. Personal study of scripture and personal prayer rather than what someone else believes or says should always be the source of our beliefs on all matters. Advice and opinions through fellowship with others is absolutely necessary and good, but we should never just “take someones word for it”, especially in matters of faith.

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