The phrase “church shopping” sounds all wrong when it comes to looking for the right church to go to as it brings out the aspect of choosing a church like it is a product aimed at satisfying personal needs. When the “shopping” metaphor is approached from the perspective of purchasing a house which in most circumstances require the buyer to make compromises, sense is made. At the end the buyer is always left to choose the necessary options or that one which is nice. Looking for a church will require that you make such decisions. It is impossible to find a perfect church because a church being a community, has a blend of different kinds of people with different reasoning.
To avoid the situation of being spiritually homeless, you will have to make a real commitment to a single congregation where you can be guided through discipleship. Picking a church can be challenging, but thinking through some considerations and praying will enable you to make the right decision. One of the factors to consider is community. Check the things that the church members do together, whether real membership will be demanded and if being part of the church makes you and other members feel valued. Pick a church whose members have a culture of mutually supporting each other, and appreciate honesty and accountability.
Community life should involve more than one day of fellowship, hence it is essential you find a church that is close to where you live. Participating in community life will be possible if the church is physically accessible. Look at what the church you are considering to pick believes in. It is imperative to attend church services where your beliefs are in line with the convictions of the church. The method of teaching during the service should be appropriate for your style good for your spiritual growth.
Another consideration is service. Going to church is not only about being disciple and living in community, but also serving others. The church you are planning to choose should encourage members to participate in serving the needy like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. When looking for a church, check out the structure and governance of the church. Reliability of leaders of the church you are considering to choose is key in ensuring the community remains ahead in developments. Some of the decisions in church made by governance are how church money is spent, process of joining or leaving the congregation, filling of leadership roles and individuals eligible for the mentioned roles. The church you choose may not have all that you expected, but you should settle in and make the place be your home.