Searching for a new church?

Christians should be faithful, invested members of a doctrinally sound local church.

Looking for a new, doctrinally sound church? It seems like so many Christians are, these days. But how can you find one? What constitutes a doctrinally sound church? Are you leaving your old church for biblical reasons? Are you looking for a church that will serve you or one where you can roll up your sleeves and help with the work of ministry? Here are some resources I hope will help:

Church Search Engines and Recommendations

HeartCry Missionary Society (Paul Washer) Church Finder Page U.S. and International churches. This link includes:
Sermon Audio
and The Master’s Seminary church search engines

G3 Church Network U.S. and International churches

9Marks Church Search U.S. and International churches (Questions/concerns?)

Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelical Churches (FIRE) U.S. and International churches

The Farese Directory of Reformed Baptist Churches U.S. and International churches

Confessional Reformed and Reformed Baptist Churches Map U.S. and international churches

Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) church finder

Grace Advance Churches planted by the church planting arm of Grace Community Church (John MacArthur’s church)- U.S. and Canada

Reformed Baptist Network churchesU.S. and international churches

Finding a Good Church (Bible Bulletin Board)U.S. and international churches

Village Missions Churches Rural churches in the U.S. and Canada

I’ll Be Honest church finder U.S. and international churches

Vanguard Presbytery U.S. churches

The Asociate Reformed Presbyterian Church search engine U.S. and Canada

Canadian & American Reformed Churches Canadian and U.S. churches

Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches Nearly 600 member churches in the United Kingdom.

Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in Australia

Sola 5 Member Churches in Africa

Churches my readers have recommended Mostly U.S. and international churches (includes a few country-specific church search engines) . (You can also recommend any doctrinally sound churches you have a personal connection to.)

I cannot personally vouch for the theology of any of the churches at these links nor those who recommended them. Please use this list only as a suggestion of churches to check out using biblical wisdom and discernment.

Additionally, this is not a comprehensive list of every doctrinally sound church on planet Earth. I’m sure there are thousands of others out there. If you have a personal connection to one, recommend it here.

Church Planting

Grace Advance Church planting arm of Grace Community Church (John MacArthur’s church)

G3 Church Network

The Master’s Academy International TMAI’s mission “is to train gifted and qualified indigenous church leaders, giving them the tools they need to plant and pastor Bible-centered, Christ-exalting churches.” (A ministry of Grace Community Church {John MacArthur’s church})

HeartCry Missionary Society (Paul Washer) “HeartCry is dedicated to working with and supporting pastors and missionaries across the globe who are laboring to establish biblical churches.”

If a church planting network isn’t feasible, and you absolutely cannot find a doctrinally sound church within achievable driving distance of your home, find the closest one you can, contact the pastor, and start a discussion with him about his church planting a new church in your area. Most churches are planted, not by a church planting organization, but by individual local churches.

What to look for in a church

How Can I Find a Good Church? 

Finding a New Church: Starting from Scratch

Six Questions for a Potential Church

Nine Reasons Discerning Women Are Leaving Your Church

Six Ways Not to Forsake the Assembly

7 Reasons Church is Not Optional and Non-Negotiable for Christians

What the Bible Says About Church Membership

A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast: Is This Church for You? with Michelle Lesley and Amy Spreeman

If You’re Looking for a Church with These Qualities, Look Again by Ryan Day

Here’s a handy evaluation sheet created by Dr. Jack Hughes. Use it when you visit a potential church to determine whether or not it’s worth pursuing. (Save the photo and print it out, or type the questions into your own document.)

Leaving Your Current Church

The Mailbag: How to Leave a Church

When Do You Leave a Church? (part 1) and
When to Leave a Church (part 2) at Founders Ministries

How Involved Should the Local Church be in Major Life Decisions? at the Rural Church Podcast