We are open to suggestions, as long as those suggesting don’t take it too personally if we don’t go to (or try out) their church. Here’s some rough idea of what we are looking for: We are ok with PCA churches, Sovereign Grace churches, Acts 29 churches, and other theologically conservative, reformed type churches. If we could go to any church on the planet it would be Tim Keller’s church in NYC, so that tells you an ideal to shoot for. I want a church that has a missions focus driven by the gospel. To be honest, culturally or politically conservative churches kind of scare me.
Also, since we are going to be living in Holly Springs, distance is near the top of the list. I like the idea of a community to get plugged into. I don’t want to drive 45 minutes to church.
Now for some things that will immediately turn me off about a church:
- If they don’t do background checks on ALL childcare workers. I know you know everyone that works with children and have since they were kids… but I don’t know them. I wouldn’t drop my kid off at a daycare without certification, and I am not going to drop them off at your church nursery either. Those places without background checks are magnets for pedophiles. All they have to do is pretend they like Jesus.
- If the sermon focuses more on making me a better person than pointing me to a better person (Jesus). I don’t need self-help. I need saving.
- If I get even a hint of “God will bless you if you give” from your church, I’m out. God has blessed me in Christ, so I give. Never the other way around.
We are looking forward to finding a new church, but we hate to be leaving a church here in Asheville that is amazing. But God is big enough to have more than one amazing church. I’ve been a member of THREE amazing churches, during and since college.
Bring on number 4.
Where should we go to church in the Triangle?