We are all aware of the numerous churches that have been established and each is different from the other. It can be very interesting how you can identify a good church and one that is not. When we say a ‘good’ church, we mean on that seems joyful and united from the congregation to the pastoral team. But how can you identify such a church?
You can easily tell a good church by looking at the faces of the congregation. One that is not faked or hidden. When the joyful greetings are genuine by the spirit-filled congregation, even the non-believers will be lured to interacting with the congregation. However, each and every person has a different format and style in which they fit into and some may be unexpectedly turned by the heavy metal concerts performed by the youth pastors when the regular pastors are absent. The setting in which every person fits is determined by their satisfaction.
You can also tell a church is good and you will feel it in the voices and of the members milling around. You will know that the members are genuine by spending time with them and observing how they take care of each other. This time should be spent sharing and enjoying each other company through fellowship before and after the service and gathering in member’s homes in the course of the week. The members should have a good time, praying together, crying and laughing at the right moments.
You can also observe the discipline and respect of the sanctuary. There is nothing that says a lot about the church like the punctuality and the respect that the congregation has towards the sanctuary. Chatters and noise in the church will show no difference with those in the bar or a casino. People have to show some kind of respect when they are in the house of the Lord. A sanctuary is a sacred place where holy people meet with God.
People also have their own physical and psychological reason to choose the sitting position while in the church. The church should not be dictated where one should sit. The important thing is that they are in the church to serve their God and they should be allowed to do so in a manner that is comfortable to them. The church should serve the members but not own them. There should be affection between the members and the pastoral team.
You will know a good church by listening to their songs. A healthy church loves singing. They will choose songs that are familiar to all during a Sunday worship service. A good song does not consider the styles, band performance or grand music programs. A good song for the service should be Spirit-led from the heart and felt by the congregation in a good outlined manner. There are churches where the music is unknown to the members and they can hardly sing along and this makes the entire service boring.