As a Christian, your religion and spirituality are big parts of your life. However, churches often make it difficult and frustrating to find the denomination that best suits your beliefs. If you have found this to be the case, here are four alternative types of worship you should consider.
1. Nondenominational Churches
Nondenominational churches can be a temporary home while you search for somewhere that represents your true beliefs, or you can use it as a house of worship and practice the specifics of your beliefs on your own. Nondenominational churches will typically welcome anyone with any type of Christian beliefs as long as he or she shows a belief in and love for God. The Way International is one of these churches with several thousand members around the world. The church’s main message is that everyone should be able to have a place to receive God’s message no matter what denomination he or she most closely identifies with.
2. Home Worship
You might also decide that you do not need a church to practice your religion, which is a perfectly valid conclusion to reach. While some people prefer having a religious leader that they can directly look to for guidance, others can manage their religion on their own. Practicing home worship allows you more freedom than a church would. You can set aside as much or as little time for worship as you like, and you will be less likely to clash with other members who hold different beliefs than you.
3. Exploring Spirituality
If you are experiencing doubts or find yourself lacking the faith in God you usually have, you might want to use this time between churches to explore your spiritual side rather than your religious side. Spirituality is a unique experience for everyone, so there is no singular way for you to start your spiritual journey. Do some soul searching, do some research, and consider trying meditation. Once you have an idea about what goals you have in becoming more spiritual, you can set about achieving those goals and consider how you want religion and spirituality to impact your life as you move forward.
Perhaps the best thing you can do when deciding what your next step in your relationship with God should be is to ask God Himself. Spend some time praying and ask God what his plan is for you and how you should go about pursuing your spirituality and religion further. God will always lead you in the right direction no matter how far you feel you have gotten from Him. God may not answer immediately, but He will eventually lead you to where you need to be. It may be in an unconventional manner, but he will lead you down the correct path.
No one has the same spiritual or religious journey. As long as you always want to be in contact with God and your inner self, there will always be a way for you to come back to it. Do not give up.