We've been involved in a Baptist church for about 7 years or so, mainly because of its youth ministry. In that regard, it has been great, and that aspect was of high importance. In other ways, for my wife and I, there have been some aspects of it that weren't so great. We've had a few issues with some doctrinal perspectives, though nothing we couldn't live with, and with the lack of a small groups ministry other than a Sunday School class that lacks intensity and rigor. Having originally been exposed to Christian faith in a Disciples of Christ congregation, and then a non-denominational church, being in a congregational structure was great, though I've since discovered that, in our church, there's a small heirarchy of individuals, including the pastor, who usually push an agenda and get their way. The main thing that I contend with, though, is that there is an attitude of superiority, of thinking that we're right, and everyone else is inferior to what we believe and how we do church. It was very subtle, but it works its way into the pastor's sermons, and we noticed it when people found out we were attending a small group Bible study on Sunday night, instead of coming to church. Right wing politics also works its way into a lot of the preaching and teaching. So, as it turns out, we are moving to the Washington, DC area after the first of the year. Depending on how housing works out, we will most likely be in Adams Morgan in the city, or in the Chevy Chase-Silver Spring area. For those who post on this section of Baptist Board, here's a question for you and a chance to make a recommendation from your own perspective. What would you recommend with regard to searching for a church? I'm not necessarily asking for specific recommendations of local churches, just a general overview of possibilities related to different denominational perspectives which we might find compatible. We haven't ruled out a Baptist church, though our current experience makes that an unlikely possibility. As a starting point, because of our small group, we're considering the Society of Friends, and the Church of the Nazarene.