Churches Near Me

It’s Saturday evening, or perhaps Sunday morning. You sit down at your computer, head to Google and search for “churches near me.” Immediately, 10 different results come up, each with a story of their own, each with a unique history, different faces, worship styles and different approaches… but after the initial search for churches near me, how do you transition to the right fit for you and your family?

This brief article is designed to help you find your home. After you’ve searched for “churches near me” we would love for you to stop By Kenton Alliance Church, but even if not, please use this guide to help you in selecting a Bible-based fellowship in Hardin County. (We’ve included a brief informational section with each of the following 5 topics, followed by our approach to Ministry at Kenton Alliance Church.)

1. Where is God leading me?

Sure, when you search for “churches near me” a number of pages will show up, but which one is the right fit? To this question, it’s so important to begin with prayer. Afterall, Proverbs 29:11 tells us: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The simple truth is, God has a place already in mind for you! He already knows the best fit, why not start with Him? You would think this step would go without saying, but if we were honest (especially as Americans) we tend to rush into things, and only later do we ask: “was this the right choice?” Our encouragement to you would be to ask God “what church are you calling me to?”

2. What does the church believe?

As you continue your search process, it’s important to really consider what the church believes. A statement of faith is available in most churches and most church websites should have this information as well. While many churches share similar thinking, what about some of the secondary issues?
See for more information on what we believe at Kenton Alliance Church

3. What is the churches mission?

While we won’t cover this topic in great detail, it’s important to consider the churches mission. One key focus of your church selection should be “how is this church fulfilling the great commission and greatest commandment?”
In the Great Commission, Jesus made our assignment simple, Jesus said: “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus made it noticeably clear that we are to be on mission. Put another way, we are to be participants, not merely spectators. When considering what church you’ll call home, be sure that it is a church on mission.
At Kenton Alliance Church, one way of integrating this mission is by quarterly outreach. Yes, we love connecting with one another but we also value reaching out and being the hands and feet of Christ. We would love for you to be a part of this; we would love to serve the Lord alongside you, through fun, Christ-focused community outreach.
Paul explained to the church in Corinth that there is one body, but many parts (see 1 Cor 12:12) when searching for “churches near me” make sure the church has not only the right message, but also a mission field.

4. Is this church traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between?

When you arrive at church, you want to feel comfortable. Afterall, when singing to the Lord and hearing the message you should be able to be yourself. With this thinking in mind (and to answer the above question) we tend to lean to a contemporary approach.
Our service has a worship team. We play contemporary music oftentimes and mix in hymns as well. We feel there are different styles of music, but the key is that it glorifies the Lord and is pleasing to His ears.
Regarding attire, we’re laid back. We encourage you to be yourself and want you to feel at home. Sometimes, our pastor will where slacks and a nice shirt, other times, it’s jeans or shorts. We welcome you to dress in what your comfortable wearing.

5. Do you connect with the Pastors teaching?

What’s interesting about the Gospel message is that there are 4 different accounts which center around Jesus earthly ministry. Yes, some of these stories are unique, but many of the stories overlap to one degree or another; if nothing else, they all center on Jesus’ ministry. Although 4 different points of view are given however, they all read slightly different. Luke for instance, approaches scripture from a physician’s point of view. As his background, much of his thinking was centered around his experience in medicine. Luke 5:31 for instance explains: “Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

The gospel of Mark which has an underlying theme of servanthood, reads from a slightly different perspective as it’s theme servanthood Mark 8:34-35 states: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.’

Here’s the point, all 4 authors of the Gospel wrote about Jesus’s earthly ministry, miracles and events, yet all 4 have slightly different perspective. In the same way, when searching for “churches near me,” you’ll want to consider the pastors teaching style. Do they engage you in a way that you connect with? Are they using the Bible as there primary teaching tool? Are they easy to listen to? Each of these questions, although subtle will help you when searching for the churches near me that you may consider home.
We encourage you to listening to one of our sermons by checking out Church Sermon.

We would love for you to stop by Kenton Alliance Church and connect with us further.​

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