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Old 3rd January 2013, 01:26 PM
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Reasons to change churches?

Every time I have changed churches in the past it has just sort of 'happened.' The first time was because I moved to a town two hours away, the second was for personal reasons and because I felt God was moving me on, the third and last time I changed churches I never actually inteded to. (I went to my current church as a visitor a few times with no intentions of actually changing churches, when the leadership of my previous church chose to close the doors.)

My parents understand why I stay at my current church, but want me to change churches so that we can again worship together as a family. I love my current church and the only benefits I see from changing are that it is where my parents go, my parents church is charismatic and my church is not, and my parents church seems to do more to reach out to the community.

I have prayed about changing but haven't felt led in either way.

What are good reasons for changing churches?
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Old 3rd January 2013, 01:52 PM
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I am a confirmed Catholic. But, I attend my parents Church which is Lutheran. It is nice to keep the family together.
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Originally Posted by wordsoflife View Post
I am a confirmed Catholic. But, I attend my parents Church which is Lutheran. It is nice to keep the family together.
It is not an issue of denomination, my parents and I are both nondenominational and both churches are nondenominational (just one is charismatic and the other isn't). Plus both churches are just down the road from each other.

I just don't want to up and change churches just because it is what others want me to do-I want to be where the Lord wants me.

Thankyou though for your input. I do agree keeping the family together is important.
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Originally Posted by brittany111 View Post
Every time I have changed churches in the past it has just sort of 'happened.' The first time was because I moved to a town two hours away, the second was for personal reasons and because I felt God was moving me on, the third and last time I changed churches I never actually inteded to. (I went to my current church as a visitor a few times with no intentions of actually changing churches, when the leadership of my previous church chose to close the doors.)

My parents understand why I stay at my current church, but want me to change churches so that we can again worship together as a family. I love my current church and the only benefits I see from changing are that it is where my parents go, my parents church is charismatic and my church is not, and my parents church seems to do more to reach out to the community.

I have prayed about changing but haven't felt led in either way.

What are good reasons for changing churches?
How highly do you value the idea of the family worshipping together?

How important to you is the fact that their church is charismatic?

If there are no other considerations, answering those two questions should tell you where to alight.
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Maybe you could attend your current church's service but do community service with your parents.
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What it really comes down to is what the churches are teaching and proclaiming. If Christ has instituted His church to proclaim His gospel, then the first question is how faithful the church is to that message. Is their doctrine biblical? Do they display the marks of a true church? This is where we should begin. So, in your case, do you agree with the position of the charismatic church or do you think that it is unbiblical?
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What it really comes down to is what the churches are teaching and proclaiming. If Christ has instituted His church to proclaim His gospel, then the first question is how faithful the church is to that message. Is their doctrine biblical? Do they display the marks of a true church? This is where we should begin. So, in your case, do you agree with the position of the charismatic church or do you think that it is unbiblical?
Both churches base their teachings on scripture. The only thing where the two differ is on their belief about praying and speaking in tongues. I do pray in tongues, but don't consider it a salvation issue and don't mind worshiping with those who don't (I've done it for almost 4 years).
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I'm not particularly religious anymore but my girlfriend is Lutheran, my Mom's family and my Mom is Catholic and my Dad and stepmom are adamantly Baptist. I attend all services upon request because the last thing I want in life is people hating me because of my lack of religion especially in my family, its just a respect/avoid trouble thing to me.

If they day ever comes that I return to Christianity its going to messy when my SO and I choose our own church, talk about bad blood.

I can vaguely relate the OP, my suggestion is investigate doctrinal differences between the two.
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I'm not particularly religious anymore but my girlfriend is Lutheran, my Mom's family and my Mom is Catholic and my Dad and stepmom are adamantly Baptist. I attend all services upon request because the last thing I want in life is people hating me because of my lack of religion especially in my family, its just a respect/avoid trouble thing to me.

If they day ever comes that I return to Christianity its going to messy when my SO and I choose our own church, talk about bad blood.

I can vaguely relate the OP, my suggestion is investigate doctrinal differences between the two.
Wow, Lutheran, Catholic and Baptist all in the same family?!?
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The better question for me is why to stay in a church? The suggestion of staying in your church and helping out with the service work in your parents church is a good one.

Some families like to worship together but others need a bit of distance. Alot of people have enough of in-law, children or relative problems and do not find it comfortable to receive counseling or make prayer requests which might ID a family member.

I always encourage visitation between churches, just like eating different foods. It's good to get new perpectives and extend your church family beyond just Mom/Dad. Have a base but feel free to attend and worship anywhere that the word is taught/preached.
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