New studies show that people who regularly attend church feel like they have a large community and generally feel more fulfilled socially than those who do not. Going to church offers more than just spiritual fulfillment; many people say that their church is like their family. This is especially important for people who do not have family nearby. Once churchgoer we interviewed recently wrapped up this sentiment nicely.
“My extended family lives very far away and we do not always have the money to go visit them for holidays. Our church community has become very much like a family to us, especially during times when we cannot make it to see our own families.”
“Church provides me with a built in social network,” one person explains. “It is a very easy way to connect with like minded individuals.”
Meeting new people can be very difficult, which is why church offers many people an easy way to grow their networks. Churchgoers often vary in age and personal backgrounds, but overall, people who attend the same church tend to be very like minded. This is because oftentimes churches will identify themselves as being right for a certain type of person. For example, some churches are very liberal and open minded. If you attend a church like this, chances are the other attendees will be the same and have many of the same beliefs you do. If you tend to gravitate more towards the conservative end of the spectrum, there are many churches whose pastors are more conservative and they and their followers will have very similar ideals to you.
It can be especially difficult to meet new people when you move to a new town. Finding a Christian church when you move to a new community can seem daunting at first, but once you find one and get settled in, you will quickly begin to meet new people and grow a new network in your new town. Finding a church should begin with some research. Ask around, or even do some research on the internet to learn about different churches in your area. Once you have some that you’re interested in, visit the church. Here you will be able to talk to the priest or pastor and get a better sense of the church and whether or not you’ll like it. Finally, go to church on Sunday. Here you will be able to listen to a sermon and even meet some of the attendees. We recommend talking to some of the attendees to see if they are the type of people you would want to go to church with. If so, great, you just found yourself a new church! If not, don’t despair; visit some more churches and you’re sure to quickly find one that fits your needs.