How to Pick a Church

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I know most of you paleo dieters are godless heathens. But not all of you…

Let’s say you’re not happy with the ideology of your current church or you quit going to church years ago and are thinking about returning. Do you want a liberal or a conservative church? How would you find a church where you fit in?

One starting point would be to review a neat graphic put together by Tobin Grant. (Sorry, non-Americans, this is mostly about American churches. But there are data points for atheists and agnostics, too.)

Based on surveys of churchgoers, Mr. Grant classifies churches by where they stand on size of government and “protection of morality.” I’m not saying this is the best way to choose a church; it’s one way to get started.

Happy hunting!

Steve Parker, M.D.

5 responses to “How to Pick a Church

  1. I would have thought how efficiently a church was run was also very important if not more so than political ideology or position on morality.

  2. I’m not church hunting, but when I had to make a decision between 2 parishes, I decided on the one that doesn’t have donuts after Mass. The parish I go to has a potluck once a month with a surprising number of low carb/paleo dishes. That wasn’t the only reason, but a pretty big one.

  3. I know what you mean Bonnie. I have a theory that many Christians are overweight because of the number of cakes available to shovel down their throats!

    I like the idea of once a month coffee mornings. When it’s my turn to do coffee I do a law carb cookie plus some full carb fare such as cakes but at least they are all homemade unlike the commercial crap most people bring in when it’s their turn.