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Old 02-14-2016, 04:53 AM
 
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Does anyone have suggestions for how to go about finding a new church in another state? We aren't able to visit much before we actually move there, but I'm so afraid that we will settle for something nearby to where we buy a home. Needless to say we are praying to be where God wants us, but I wonder if there are any practical things we can do without actually being there yet.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:49 AM
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Does anyone have suggestions for how to go about finding a new church in another state? We aren't able to visit much before we actually move there, but I'm so afraid that we will settle for something nearby to where we buy a home. Needless to say we are praying to be where God wants us, but I wonder if there are any practical things we can do without actually being there yet.
Take a look at websites for churches in the area.
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:22 AM
 
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I look at their Statement of Belief. If it has even a hint of fundamentalism (Bible is the infallible word, etc) I steer clear. But you might find that out soon enough if you visit and hear their message.
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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If you are already a member of a denomination, then I'd seek out a church like it where you're moving.
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:54 AM
 
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We just went through this ourselves when we moved from Wisconsin to Arizona.

Nowadays it's pretty easy since almost all churches have websites. Not only do they post their history and beliefs, but most also have links to past sermons. Some even have links to live services. You can get a taste of what it's like at most churches, sitting in your home.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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Does anyone have suggestions for how to go about finding a new church in another state? We aren't able to visit much before we actually move there, but I'm so afraid that we will settle for something nearby to where we buy a home. Needless to say we are praying to be where God wants us, but I wonder if there are any practical things we can do without actually being there yet.
Visit the church's website if it has one. Also, your denomination (if you attend a church within a denomination) may have a church locater on it's website. Get the pastor's contact information either from the church locater or the church's website and inquire as to what you are looking for. When I relocated from Nevada to North Carolina I contacted the pastors at a few churches asking what the worship style was like at their services; since I had come from the RPCNa, I wanted to make sure the PCA churches I was looking into had a more traditional worship style and not contemporary.

The pastor should be able to tell you about the church's worship style if that is what you are looking into; for programs and stuff like that which the church is involved in, you should be able to look into that from the church's website if they have one; if not, then you'll want to take the route of contacting the pastor. I think that's about all you can do outside of visiting the church itself. Best wishes and may the Spirit guide you in your search.
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:10 PM
 
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Does anyone have suggestions for how to go about finding a new church in another state? We aren't able to visit much before we actually move there, but I'm so afraid that we will settle for something nearby to where we buy a home. Needless to say we are praying to be where God wants us, but I wonder if there are any practical things we can do without actually being there yet.
Try to discern if God is working through the pastor and the attendees.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Attend the Episcopal Church. The beauty of denominational Christianity, especially within a hierarchical structure, is that the teachings are the same and practices are consistent. I don't have to worry about creedal statements and looking for hints of Fundamentalism that one has to deal with in non-denominational megachurches.

Plus the liturgical services in high church Episcopal parishes are more appealing than the typical college lecture-style service in Evangelical/Non-Deonominational megachurches, hollow of any spirituality and full of hype.
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