Ozarks Teen Challenge: Why Finding A Church Home is Important
The road to recovery is long and winding one. There are no shortcuts because the end goal isn’t simply to make an earthly recovery, but also to make a spiritual one. To make that full recovery, the church has to be involved. This isn’t a part that is up for debate, either. In Hebrews 10:24-25, Paul says “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Finding a church home is a key step in the road to Christian recovery and a necessity to living a sanctified and satisfied life. Ozarks Teen Challenge wants to talk about the importance of finding a church family and how to do so.
Why Even Go to Church?
This is a question that has only been brought up of late in Christianity. With the presence of online services, it is easy to neglect being a part of a physical church in exchange for an online version. While online resources are a wonderful thing that we should take advantage of, they cannot replace the tangible relationships that will make in a church body.
And this goes beyond the walls of the actual church. So much of church happens outside of the church, in the homes of your fellow members and at coffee shops with friends. This has a massive impact on a teenager’s recovery. One thing that stifles our ability to recover is isolation. And while online church can provide you with valuable teaching and resources, Ozarks Teen Challenge knows it can’t replace the relationships that would be made with a church family, so you should too.
How Do I Find a Church?
One reason why church membership is down and online church usage is up is because finding the right church is hard, especially for someone in recovery. Ozarks Teen Challenge knows this. We know that it’s a scary thing and even if you find a church you like, getting connected isn’t a walk in the park. There are a few things that you can look for in a church that will make the search easier.
The first and most important thing to look for is the doctrine of the church. You can choose to go to a mega-church or a small-town church. That’s a personal preference. But if the church isn’t preaching biblical doctrine, it is not the church for you. Secondly, understand your personality and where you would fit. If you are more extroverted and can connect with people, a bigger church might be an option for you. The main issue with large churches is finding a way to get everybody connected, so people are often asked to do it themselves. If you are an extrovert, that won’t be a problem. If you are an introvert, a smaller church might work better. You won’t get lost in the scrum and will be connected with quickly.
Ozarks Teen Challenge Can Help with Christian Recovery
Ozarks Teen Challenge fully endorses finding a church body in your journey towards recovery and we want to help walk you through it. Contact us today at (417) 272-3784 or visit our website for more information.