‎8 Pieces of Advice for Christians Who are Considering Moving

1) Have an eternal perspective when it comes to moving. Follow the example of the Apostolic church and put prayer, preaching, and the fellowship of the saints ahead of career and possessions. That means always being part of a church (ekklesia – assembly of the saints) where you can find all of those things. NEVER put your career or income ahead of your and your family’s spiritual welfare. The Christian life is supposed to attended with hardships, sacrifices, and tribulation. Jesus didn’t say “Do whatever it takes to make sure your brief life here on earth is a comfortable as possible!” He said “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24) Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that a move will fix significant life problems or discontentment. Remember, wherever you go, there YOU are. You bring the problems and the discontent with you. Deal with the problems first, then move.

2) Before moving to a new area, get a map and a compass (the bow kind with a pencil), mark the good churches in the area, then figure out what your maximum reasonable driving distance is, set the compass to that distance via the map legend, and draw a circle around the church. Then look for houses ONLY within those map circles. The closer the better.

3) Visit the churches before you move or at least listen to the sermons. Talk to the pastor and members if at all possible. Remember, you aren’t looking for a congregation where everyone is EXACTLY LIKE YOU, you are looking for a congregation where the members are becoming MORE AND MORE LIKE CHRIST through the means of grace and the work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:29, Romans 12:1-2).

4) If there are no good churches in an area, DON’T MOVE THERE. Do not kid yourself you can drive and fellowship comfortably at a church 1.5+ hours away, that you’ll just “worship at home,” that you’ll start a church plant or that “things will work out.” This is the equivalent of marrying the unbeliever because you’re sure you can convert him.

5) When you move, start attending church immediately and don’t hop around from church to church. Unless you detect serious problems, keep attending that church, join as soon as you can and take your membership vows seriously. Attend every worship service and try to attend midweek meetings and studies. (Heb. 10:23-25)

6) Remember, “breaking into” a new church will often be difficult, if you set a pattern of isolating yourself don’t be surprised if you conclude the church is “unfriendly.” Do all you can to immediately figure out how you can serve your brothers and sisters in Christ. You will find that REACHING IN to them, is much more successful than standing around and waiting for them to REACH OUT to you! Ask about opportunities to help out. Also, a cheerful willingness to do the menial tasks (cleaning up, taking out the trash, etc.) will make you a sweet smelling aroma in their nostrils and speak more about your Christian character than a thousand conversations ever will. It’s no surprise that the humblest and most helpful members of the church are also the most loved. In these qualities they are displaying exactly the kind of Christlikeness that our Saviour said we should (John 13:14-17)

7) NEVER underestimate the value of table fellowship (Acts 2:46) – accept invitations to eat with the members and officers of your new church and extend invitations to them to do the same thing at your home. Hospitality is often the key to establishing close and sweet fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

8) Above all PRAY. Pray before you move, pray for your new church and pray that you and your family would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (James 5:16, Col. 4:2-3, 12)

About Andrew Webb

Andrew James Webb, Pastor Providence PCA, Fayetteville NC. Born: July 29, 1969 Rochford, Essex England Education: MA Modern History, St. Andrews University, Fife, Scotland, 1991 M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA, 2001 Personal Details: Husband of Joy Webb, Father of Margaret (6), Victor (5), Graham (3) and Isabel (10 Mos.) Secular Work History: Upon graduation from University, I returned to the United States and worked for two Madison Ave Advertising Firms in copy writing and advertising space sales. After moving to Northern Virginia, I went into computing. I worked as a Systems Administrator in Washington D.C. for both the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) (a legal publishing firm,) and the International Republican Institute. Experience: Licensed by Potomac Presbytery, May 1997 and Philadelphia Presbytery in 1999. From 1998 to 2001 I did a three year apprentice/internship under Dr. Mark Herzer while working with the Christ Covenant church plant in Hatboro, PA. Ordained as an RE at Christ Covenant PCA in 2000 and as a TE by Central Carolina in 2001 when I was called to be the Organizing Pastor for Providence PCA Mission, Cross Creek PCA's church plant in Fayetteville, NC (home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Airforce Base). In 2005 when the Providence PCA Particularized I was blessed to be called by the congregation to be their Pastor. Presbytery Committees: Assistance and Membership (Philadelphia), Candidates (Central Carolina), Nominations (Central Carolina) GA Committees: Bills and Overtures, Covenant Theological Seminary Other: I have had a number of my essays on theological topics published including What is the Reformed Doctrine of Divorce? and Five Reasons Not To Go See The Passion of the Christ Why I Don't Have an English Accent: I don't have an English accent because my parents moved to New Jersey when I was six!
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5 Responses to ‎8 Pieces of Advice for Christians Who are Considering Moving

  1. CP says:

    “. Jesus didn’t say “Do whatever it takes to make sure your brief life here on earth is a comfortable as possible!” ” I love that! Great article. Many of these tips also apply to someone who isn’t moving but needs to find a church. Very thoughtful.

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  3. mvpcworshipblog says:

    Wise words!

  4. Sjoerd de Boer says:

    Great and much needed advice! It better even should be called obligation. An old elder of my congregation back in Holland used to say, “First seek for a kirk, than for work”.

  5. Armand Erwin says:

    This is a great link to send to that lady on Reformed HS Moms who is planning to move to a place with no church.

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