If you are looking for a new church...

Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by Alcott, Feb 15, 2005.

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Which of these qualities of a ‘new’ church would you consider positive?

  1. This church uses the KJV <i>exclusively</i> in its preaching and teaching

    31.8%
  2. This church uses only a modern translation of the Bible in its preaching and teaching

    2.3%
  3. This church encourages the use of different Bible translations in preaching and teaching

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. This church uses traditional hymns <i>exclusively</i> in the music portion of its services

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. This church <i>emphasizes</i> traditional hymns in the music portion of its services

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. This church emphasizes contemporary praise songs in the music portion of its services

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. This church uses a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs in the music portion of

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. This church teaches strongly that members must give <i>at least</i> 10% of their gross income to its

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. This church teaches members to give as they feel led to give; no pressure for any percentage giving

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. This church says little about members giving for its support, so as not to be talked about as “alway

    54.5%
  11. This church is active in community services, such as repairing or building housing for the poor, cle

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. This church basically limits its ministries to its own members and denominational organizations

    6.8%
  13. This church is very active in its support and involvement in missions, both in its own country and i

    2.3%
  14. This church welcomes homosexuals and does not see their lifestyle as sinful

    2.3%
  15. This church teaches against sexual activity other than between husband and wife

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. This church is completely non-political, saying nothing about government or elections

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. This church encourages voting, but does not imply support for parties or candidates, and also suppor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. This church says a lot about how members vote; encourages voting for Bible-believing candidates and

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. This church does not allow women to become deacons or to teach men’s classes or mixed adult classes

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. This church does not limit the roles or offices women may occupy

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  21. This church offers many social activities, such as game nights, dinners, picnics and recreation

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  22. This church offers social activities, but seeks to combine them with benevolent or missions endeavor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  23. I do not evaluate a church on such specific issues as those listed above

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  24. I evaluate a church more on proximity and friends who attend there, than upon specific doctrines or

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Alcott

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    If you were to be looking for a new church, because of relocation, dissatisfaction with your 'old' one, or for whatever reason, how would the following 'discoveries' about a church you are visiting affect your willingness to join that church?
     
  2. SaggyWoman

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    Interesting poll.
     
  3. Trotter

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    Considering that my family is currently looking for a new church home, this poll hit close to home.

    In Christ,
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  4. just-want-peace

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    I suppose it may be inferred, but you missed one of the critical elements in my search--Does this church (minister/pastor/preacher) stick to scripture for the sermons, and not "social, or feel-good gospel"?

    Another point that would be of critical importance to me would be the church's stance on the literalness of the Word!

    I strongly suspect that the question re: homosexuals would have been answered differently for most IF the last condition had not been part of the answer; for me anyway, but as written it was a no-no!
     
  5. Alcott

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    You're right; it is inferred. But would you ask that question to a minister or member of a church new to you, and with a 'Yes' answer, just leave it at that? Or would you get down to specifics?-- what Bible version, what type(s) of music, what do you teach regarding 'stewardship'?, et al.

    Same thing. If they say "Yes, we believe in the Word literally," do you assume that has to mean it is your kind of church?

    Maybe there should have been a 3rd option regarding the question of sexual morality, such as "This church welcomes homosexuals, but does not hesitate to say homosexual behavior is sinful." I think you gotta admit, though, that trying to cover every point of evaluation is almost impossible. I really think that people eliminate, consider, and choose churches more on the impression they are given by the people there than upon strict doctrinal guidelines, even if they aren't fully aware of it.
     
  6. Kayla

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    that is a very long poll
     
  7. Alcott

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    And how long a pole must you have to touch these topics?
     
  8. AF Guy N Paradise

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    We will be looking for a church/school once we hit the CONUS this late Summer, but not yet sure where we will end up. Apr 12th is the big day we find out.
     
  9. just-want-peace

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    No, you will have to visit for several weeks, or talk to current members, or observe the current members & their lifestyle; OR all the above, or some combination thereof! AND, MOST important--listen to the Holy Spirit!!!

    Some of the points may never be known in time to influence your decision, so the best way, IMHO, is to judge as best you can and rely on God to lead you in your choice.

    Case in point: when my family moved to our current location,we started to visit around. Went to SS at one very prominent church & was totally turned off by the lack of (our perception anyway) commitment to the scriptures in the SS.

    One visit & that church was off our list.

    Next church we visited for several Sundays, got to know several of the members and the Pastor, and we've been here for 37 years!
     
  10. Pete

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    Where do you come up with these great polls Alcott? [​IMG] I'll have to set aside a half hour or so to read through and vote on this one [​IMG]
     
  11. Alcott

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    I don't know. I just consider topics that I know we have differing opinions about and try to organize the options.
     
  12. Kayla

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    it must take him at least 2 hours to make these... I guess¿ JK!!!
     
  13. Ben W

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    I usually prefer the LBO churches - Living Bible Only, being that they are the one true way. [​IMG]
     

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