Social Church Reviews

Taking the time to write a short review about your church may encourage someone to visit your church and, experience Christ. Your review may lead to a decision that might change someone’s life forever!
How to Write a Church Review: 

The main goal is to share your story. Your review does not have to be perfect.

In your review, you can:

  • Share what you love about your church.
  • Summarize your experience at the church.
  • Describe what being a part of the church has meant for you and your family.
  • Reveal what someone can expect when they visit the church.

Your review should be between 2-5 paragraphs in length. You can end your church review with a personal invitation to come and visit the church. This invitation might spur the reader to visit and experience Christ.

Help People Find Your Church:

People make many decisions based on the reviews they read online. Decisions like what restaurant to go to, what hotel to stay at, what app to download, and yes, what church to visit are all influenced by the reviews that they discover online. Church Finder® is the leading platform that connects millions of people with local churches. Those who visit Church Finder® are coming for one reason – to find a church. Investing a few minutes to contribute a Church Review that highlights your church’s strengths will impact your church as more visitors come because you have shared about your church. And, your review might make an eternal difference in the life of someone who lives in your city as they come to your church because of what you shared! God may use your review to change one of your neighbors for eternity.

How to Submit Your Church Review:

Church Finder® has made posting and sharing a review as easy as 1…2…3.

1) Find the Church Profile of Your Church

Use the Church Search Tool to navigate to your city. Locate your church in your city. Once you find the Church Profile of your church, click the Review icon.

2) Write a Church Review

You will need to sign in to your Church Finder® account, or you will be prompted to create an account if you do not have one. Then, fill in the form that is provided and submit your Church Review. Your review will include a rating of 1 to 5 stars for the church.

3) Share your Church Review on Social Media

After submitting your Church Review, locate the Social Media icons and share your review on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites. This provides a great way to share your faith online and promote your church. You can invite your neighbor to your church by writing a Church Review and posting to Social Media!

How to Write your Church Review

All you have to do is share your story.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect…just share a few things like…

What I love about my church

  • My experience at the church
  • What being a part of the church has meant for me and my family
  • What a someone can expect when they visit the church

Recommended length is 2-5 paragraphs. We recommend ending your church review with a personal invite to come and visit.

You never know…your 15 minutes to write a review may make a difference in someone’s decision to visit – a decision that might even change their life forever!

Church Reviews – Help People Find Your Church  

Make a Difference in Someone’s Life Today

People make decisions today based on on-line reviews – what restaurant to go to, what hotel to stay at, what app to download…and yes…what church to visit.  Church Finder® is the leading platform connecting people with local churches. The people coming to Church Finder are coming for one reason – to find a church.  Taking just a few minutes to write a Church Review can make a difference in someone’s life in your city!

God Has a Church for You

You would never be able to find a perfect in this world, “If you find the perfect church, stay away from it – you’ll ruin it!

The point is that just as there are no perfect people in the world, there are no perfect churches.  For this he reason? Churches are made up of people – like church pastors/leaders and they are not perfect just like everyone else.  Sometimes we think of churches as only a building, but the Bible says churches are fellowships of people endeavoring to follow Christ – people who aren’t perfect but who are following after the one who is perfect and Holy, Jesus Christ.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Even though there is no perfect church, there is a perfect fit for you – a church God has for you to grow and be encouraged in your faith.  God has a plan for your life, and that plan includes a local church family!  

This Church Finder Journey Guide will help you…

  • Discover God’s purpose for the local church
  • Explore what the Bible says about church
  • Help match different types of churches to your personal preferences
  • Consider what to look for in a church
  • Plan your church search journey
  • Find the right church for you
  • Connect with people in the church you’ve found

As you go through the Journey Guide, may God guide you in your search and lead you to the right church for you!

Finding the Right Church for You

Prayer is Essential

When making important decisions, prayer is essential. Prayer is one of the main forms of communication between a Believer and God. It’s important that we hear God’s voice and hear it clearly. Through prayer, we ask God for wisdom for those decisions we aren’t sure about. The Bible says, If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5).

Meditate on God’s Word

God’s Word is also a vital source of information when making tough decisions. Meditating on key Bible verses and prayer are good combinations that open avenues for God’s wisdom to enter our minds. Counsel from those we respect – other Christians as well as those in authority over us – are other good sources.  Just as spouses in a marriage relationship should make decisions together, so should believers partner with God in their decisions.

The decision to follow Jesus Christ in a faith relationship is life’s most important decision, but deciding which church to be involved in is very important also.  Finding the right church that teaches God’s Word as true and trustworthy as well as one that offers opportunities for you to grow spiritually and help others do the same is imperative. God knows you intimately because he created you, and he can help you find the right church that fits who you are.

The search for a church should not be taken lightly.  Selecting a church is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Your spiritual life and the spiritual life of your family have an effect on every other area of your life.  So when looking for a church, look for a group of people who are actively growing in their walk with God, and striving to be more like Christ. This will be evident in the worship music, the Pastor’s sermons and the atmosphere of community and love.

Asking the right questions is essential when visiting a church…

“Is this a community of Christ-followers who are endeavoring to live their lives according to the Bible and seeking to grow in their Christian walk?” Attending a stagnant or complacent church increases the possibility of you falling into the same mindset.

“Does the pastor have a heart for God, and a desire to serve the people of the church and see them grow and mature as Believers?” The pastor is not the sole leader in any given church, but he is the chief shepherd who must set the course and cast the vision for members to consider and hopefully follow. The Bible says; When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful (Proverbs 29:18).

“Is this a church I think I can grow in, where I can be challenged and encouraged by the pastor and others in the church, and where I can find a place to serve and minister to others?” As mentioned before, finding a church is not solely about what we can get from it. It’s also about what we can bring to it with the gifts God has given us.

Because of church websites and websites like, searching for a church and gathering information about it can be done without ever setting foot in a building. There are some churches you can even attend on-line without ever actually going. The Church Profiles on Church Finder detail the various ministries of the church, service opportunities, worship style and more.  Some also include a Pastor Profile, a Church Photo tour and a video page so you can find out more about that church before you visit. But none of this can take the place of actually visiting a church and interacting with the people, even though it might narrow down your choices of which ones to actually visit. Interaction with people in a church building is one thing the Internet can’t provide.

Keeping a Journal

Depending on where you live, there may be numerous churches within driving distance. Since you may choose to visit many churches before making your decision, it’s wise to keep a journal where you can record details that may later be important when making your final decision.

Since the Bible commands believers to be different from the world and to discover God’s will for their lives, finding the right church who does church Biblically correct is essential.  The Bible says; Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).

So take your church search very seriously.  Take time to visit several churches. Think through each aspect of the decision, and most importantly, pray and ask God for wisdom and direction. But also, do not be so overwhelmed by the decision or by wrong thinking of trying to find a “perfect” church, that you become a “church-hopper.” Church hoppers jump from church to church but never commit to any. Or worse, you don’t make a decision at all and believe the lie you can “do it yourself” when it comes to your spiritual growth and walk with God.  You don’t have to go through the journey of life on your own. God has a church family for you!

If you have recently moved to a new city, have been out of church for some time, or have never really been to a church, take some time and prayerfully plan your church search.  After all, if you find the perfect church for you it could change your life in a greater way than you ever imagined!

God’s Purpose for the Local Church

The Local Church – A New Family

Early churches met in homes and incorporated a family atmosphere where people grew in their relationship with one another just as in traditional families. The Bible says; The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings into the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings (I Corinthians 16:19). 

The local church is a small family that’s part of a larger family the worldwide family of God. Individual churches collectively make up Christ’s body on earth. The Bible also says: And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself (Ephesians 1:23).

If you are not sure whether you belong to God’s family already and don’t know whether or not you are going to Heaven, read Joining God’s Family. 

Joining God’s Family

Finding a healthy church family is important; joining God’s family is critical. Doing the first without the second will lead to disappointment now and in eternity.

Admit you are a sinner

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). 

Confess your sins

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (I John 1:9).

Believe Christ died for your sins

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

Accept God’s offer of forgiveness

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

The Bible says that once you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you become a child of God and part of God’s Family. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

The Local Church – A Community for Christian Growth

When you were younger, did you have any “life influencers” who made a positive impact on you?  Maybe a parent, grandparent, or a teacher made a difference in your life during your early growing years?  

One of God’s purposes for the local church is for you to be in a community where you will be surrounded by “life influencers”-people who will challenge and encourage you in your Christian journey.

The Bible says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…”(Hebrews 10: 24-25).

These verses emphasize several important things. “Life influencing” is about becoming “others-minded”–“to acts of love and good works.”  Do you want to make a difference in this world?  When you die, do you want your life to have been only about yourself, what you achieved and the “stuff” you acquired?  Or do you want your life to be about something greater–loving others and living a life full of love and good works towards others?  Being a part of a local Christian church community will help you live a life with a higher purpose!

“Life influencing” goes both ways. Not only will you receive encouragement (and be challenged to growth) but as you grow as a Christian you will also become a “life influence” of others. 

Influencing others isn’t an option. This is written as an imperative and challenge… “let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do.” Everyone influences those in their inner circles. If we choose not to do it positively, the influence is automatically negative. Millions of people choose not to go to church, but our lives shouldn’t be lived by what others do even when they’re in the majority. The majority can be wrong. Instead, we should try to live our lives by a standard of seeking God’s will.  Part of God’s will for us is NOT neglecting meeting together as a community of believers.

Your spiritual life is a journey, and God’s will is for you to walk the journey with other believers. God has a local church for you!

The Local Church – The Body of Christ

The human body is a marvel but only when each part functions as God designed. When one part malfunctions, the entire body is normally affected in various ways. 

The worldwide body of believers is similar. You may know some Christians who seem insignificant – you might even think you’re one of them – but you are not because there is no such thing as an insignificant member of God’s family. God has a plan and place for each of us. When we function as He created us to, His love permeates the world through us resulting in a better existence for everyone. 

The Bible says; Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:4-5).

Jesus was wholly God but the Bible teaches us that He came in a human body. With that body, he traveled throughout the region of Israel sharing God’s plan of salvation, healing the sick, comforting the discouraged and teaching people God’s commands.  The two greatest commands he taught were to love God supremely and to love others as ourselves.  After his crucifixion and resurrection appeared to his followers and charged them to “go into all the world and preach the good news”.  His followers (who later became the “Church”) continued to carry on what Jesus began. Just as Jesus worked through his human body while he was on the earth to teach, heal and comfort, the Church is referred to as the “Body of Christ” – continuing the ministry of Jesus throughout the world. 

By accepting God’s offer to forgive our sins, we become a part of the universal Church – the “Body of Christ”. God then gives us special gifts to accomplish his work. The Bible says, All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.  Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages (I Corinthians 12:27-28).

The Local Church – Grow in Your Walk with God

The local church is a place to grow in your own personal relationship with God.  A healthy church is a place that teaches the Word of God (the Bible) and encourages each person to go deeper in their own personal relationship with God.

Part of growing in your Christian walk is prayer, and a healthy church should be a place of prayer.  Acts 2:42 says of the early church “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

 As you visit churches near you, ask yourself “Is this a place I would grow in my relationship with God?”

Christian Beliefs and Practices

Some of the main Christian beliefs and practices you should be aware of as you visit different types of churches include…

 Mega Church or Small Church?

One hundred years ago, almost every church was a small, community church. But as people have moved away from rural areas and into large cities, churches have changed as well. Presently more people go to “mega-churches” (generally defined as churches of over 1,000 people) than ever before.

If you have just moved to a new city, or are looking for a new church to call home, considering whether a mega-church, small church or church plant is the best fit for you is an important part of your decision.

The Small Town Church

In your church search, be sure to visit at least one small church. Some churches are small for a number of reasons. Geographically it may be small because it’s located in a small town or suburb. If this is the case, it will probably always be small unless industry or some other change alters the geographical nature of the area.

Small-town churches can be excellent places to establish the community. They normally are composed of family groups who are all related to one another and who will always be there for you once you establish a presence in the church. Normally generations of people have grown up and lived in the community and been part of the same church for years.

But small churches aren’t without their challenges. They can become “closed” to outsiders and develop an “us four and no more” mentality. If you haven’t lived in the community for many years or don’t belong to one of the established families, you may have a difficult time fitting in.

If you are seeking a church where change and numerical growth is the norm, a small church may not be the place for you. Without a pastor and leadership team who are focused on spiritual growth and reaching out to others, small churches can easily become stagnant. Not all small churches are identical, but most have similar characteristics, some of which are: high resistance to change, leeriness of outsiders, clannish, clickish and a high concentration of related members. Each church is different, so be observant when visiting small churches.

The Start-up Church

A new start-up church – often called a “church plant,” can be exciting to be associated with, particularly if you are at a stage of life where you can get involved with the church’s growth. My wife and I were looking for a small church we could grow with when we were newlyweds. We found a new church that had started less than a year prior but had already grown to around 100 people. We met in a daycare center and later moved to an elementary school before finally building our own building a few years later. Ten years later our little Dallas suburb church has four-weekend services with weekly attendance of over 5,000 people and three campuses.

But there are a few things to keep in mind with newer churches. First, you may need to plan on a larger commitment of time to help in the church. If the church is leasing a facility for church services (like a public school, daycare center, or movie theater), there will likely be a “setup crew” working before and after every service. This is a great chance to get to know people and enjoy the early days of the church.

If you already know you like larger churches, it might be best to start there since there’s no guarantee a small church will ever grow into a larger church. And if a small church doesn’t grow but the pastor and/or staff really wants it to, it can be frustrating for everyone. I’ve been in churches where they are fundraising for a building campaign even when they aren’t packing out their existing facility. Building campaigns like this may be due to the pastor’s ambitions instead of true church growth. This environment can frustrate people and some may leave, which only makes the pastor more frustrated and the cycle continues.

If you’re looking for a healthy, growing church, you should ask around to see how much the church has grown in recent months and if there’s a core group of people committed to the church and excited about it. Also, is the area (town, city or suburb) growing in population, or shrinking? Are there a lot of other church plants in the same area? Do you like the pastor and the church? If all signs point to growth, then it can be a great experience to get in on the “ground floor” of a new and growing church.

The Mega Church

Mega-churches are generally defined as churches with over 1,000 weekly attendees. My wife and I both grew up in large churches. My church was an independent church of about 2,500, which grew mostly because the pastor was a strong Bible teacher and the worship music was outstanding. People who were serious about learning the Bible and growing as Christians were drawn to the church.

The most important thing to consider about a large church is how easily you will be able to get involved and get to the “inside” of the community. Small churches may be clannish but it is possible to know everyone personally. In large churches, one can easily get lost in the crowd, remaining anonymous and feeling alone. This is why most large churches have small groups.

Ask if your prospective church has small groups (sometimes called “life groups”) or Bible Study classes where you can get to know people in a small group setting? You will want to make sure you’ll be able to make friends and get involved in the church, so make sure you don’t just choose a large church because you love the pastor or the Sunday services. To really grow and feel part of a church, you’ll want to be sure you have the opportunity to meet people and get involved.

There is no right or wrong church size; it’s simply what you’re most comfortable with. The most important thing is finding one that’s right for you where you can build your relationship with others and grow in your spiritual journey with God. Church plants, mega churches and smaller membership churches all have advantages and disadvantages. And perhaps the most essential, consideration is not what a church can provide for you though important, but what you can give to it.

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