I was listening to a sermon series the other day given by a pastor to a group of graduating seminary students on identifying the most important attributes in selecting a Church. In other words, how do you make your list of needs vs. wants? I wanted to have a discussion around this with several friends but since I don’t have a blog myself, I asked Kyle and he has graciously allowed me to post a guest blog here for discussion. (much easier for everyone to post their thoughts rather than keep it on a massive email!)
Kyle lived with me and my brother in Charlotte a couple of years ago for around six months and we have stayed in touch during his time in up north. I live in the
Charlotte area and work for a Fidelity Investments company in their finance department. I teach Sunday School and work with a very small youth group at my Church here in
Charlotte. I enjoy photography & ultimate…but enough about me.
I thought it would be a good exercise to think through these questions and try to develop my own list before listening to the sermon series. Now granted, no Church in the world is perfect but I suppose there should be some consensus on the most important attributes. At its core, this also addresses at some level what is the purpose of the Church but I hoped to keep the discussion centered on specific attributes. I would like it to be a discussion format where you not only give your list but support your choices. I prefer something hopefully deeper than just opinions lest we slip into what my father would term “pooled ignorance.”
So – lets hear it – what do you think are the most important attributes for a Church?