Posted by: Brian Musser | May 23, 2012

10 Things about Your Home Church that You Won’t Find at a New Church

10)  At your home church you know which people to avoid talking to because they are crazy, bitter, long-winded, overly passionate about jai alai etc.  At a new church that person will find you the first Sunday and talk to you for way too long.

9)  At your home church you have a seat that is just perfect (something I like to refer to as a “Sheldon Seat”).  At a new church someone is already sitting in it.

8)  At your home church you can sing with your eyes closed because you know all the words to all the songs.  At a new church do you even trust these people enough to not watch them closely?

7)  At your home church you get excited when something is new.  At a new church well….

6)  At your home church they tell stories about you when you were “only this tall.”  At a new church you have to tell every person you talk to your name, major, hometown, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, favorite color, first pet and social security number three times each.

5)  At your home church there is that one thing that is exactly the way you like it because you were the one who did it.  At a new church you wouldn’t have done anything this way and you know the exact reasons why.

4)  At your home church you look forward to talking to your friends again.  At a new church it seems like the person from point # 10 is the only one who wants to talk to you.

3)  At your home church you know the jokes, in fact you made most of them up.  At a new church people laugh and you’re not sure why.

2)  At you home church you actually trust the leaders because they’ve earned it.  At a new church the pastor reminds you of a politician (but he’s probably just a used car salesman or televangelist).

1)  At your home church people respect you and give you responsibility.  At a new church they don’t even think you know Jesus.

So often, students tell me that they can’t find a church like their home church.  I agree with them completely crushing their dreams of immediately finding that perfect church while at college.  With all seriousness, much of what makes church meaningful and significant in our lives develops over time through fellowship.  If you are a student looking for a church at college here are the first 3 things to do.

1)  Answer logistical questions: Can you get there when you need to be there?

2)  Answer theological questions:  Do you know what they believe and do you agree with it?

3)  Find someone in the church that you like and spend time with them.

If you can think of another Thing about Your Home Church that You Won’t Find at a New Church please share as a comment.

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