“Three Things to Look for in a Church”Categories: In the Bulletin
Welcome to the Kettering Church! We’re glad you’re here. Just about every week we have local guests from our community stop by to worship. It’s great to meet new people and to have the opportunity to encourage them on their spiritual journey. Maybe today is your first visit to Kettering. Perhaps you’re looking for a church. What are some things we think you should look for?
Good, humble leaders who are forward minded. What kind of leadership does the congregation have? Are those who serve men of God? Are they among the people? Is their attention and care easy to see? Are they an example to the flock, 1 Peter 5.3? Are they wedded to tradition or are they open to new ideas and fresh initiatives, while of course remaining true to the Biblical pattern? At Kettering you have all these things. Our three shepherds have over fifty years combined experience in the eldership and over a hundred years of combined experience as Christians. They are committed to service and genuinely care for each member of this congregation.
A vision for the future with a real plan on how to get there. If a local church is to thrive and prosper, it needs direction for the future. Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, Proverbs 29.18. When a person is looking for a church he or she needs to know if the leadership is committed to not only supplying present needs, but also equipping the saints for the purpose of service and spiritual maturity, Ephesians 4.12-13. At Kettering, our shepherds spend almost half the year evaluating current needs, and shaping our teaching and preaching program to help our members grow toward spiritual maturity. We publish a book each year that outlines our plan and explains the importance and relevance of doing so.
A committed family of believers who care. How dedicated are the members to spiritual service? Is there a close, warm, inviting, and loving atmosphere? In Romans 12, Paul outlined some important things to look for: love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another, Romans 12.10, 13, 15-16a. Here at Kettering, you’ll find just that. Brethren who will be with you during the good times and the bad. Brethren who genuinely care and regularly demonstrate it through prayer, kind words, and companionship. Members at Kettering are never alone in their spiritual journey to heaven.
We hope you enjoy our service today. Please plan to include some time after the service ends to get to know the family. You’ll be glad you did. If we can serve your spiritual needs in any way, please do not hesitate to talk to one of our shepherds or the minister.
— Matthew Allen