I recall counseling a couple who wanted to buy their first home. One of the issues was that they couldn’t afford a home anywhere near their church. For various reasons I strongly encouraged them to rethink their decision as their church was important to them and they were important to their church.
I suppose the decision is up to the individual as to how far they might travel to get to the right church. The options seem to go this way:
- Does the distance discourage active participation?
- Does the distance impose extra costs for gas, tolls, or other fares?
- Would bad weather diminish attendance?
- Would an older car impose extra risks with longer trips?
Other considerations might include these:
- How deep is your love for the church in question?
- Is there a role you can serve in the church?
- Do other family members or good friends attend there?
- Are you dedicated to your denomination?
At the end of the day, here’s what I would suggest:
- Belong to a church – Don’t let the distance keep you distant from God or His children.
- Ask God for direction. He will give you directions to the right church.
- Go to the church that includes you and values your involvement.
- Make sure it’s a church that reveres the Bible.
- Your church should be more than a social club and include helping the marginalized.
- Your church should have global concerns. Our neighbors that we are to love are close and far away.
- Your church should have an active appetite to introduce others to the Savior.
- Your church should be a praying church.
So it is more than miles , but it is very important. Make a good choice and glorify God.