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I am trying to find a new church to go to, but I am confused with the different terms used such Pentecostal, evangelical etc. I'm not sure what the difference is and if I will be welcome in these churches.

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Thank you for this important question. It is encouraging to hear that you are a Christian and want to take proper steps to find the right place to be part of a Church.

You do not mention in your question why you are trying to find a new church. If it is due to a geographical move then this is understandable. If it is due to negative reasons I am sorry to hear this. I would recommend that you reconcile with your current Church and consider staying there before moving. Please talk to others about your issues or concerns. The bible tells us how we are to love each other in the following verses:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body [Church], joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:15-16).

Someone said about Church 'you will never find a perfect church, but if you do, don't join it or you will ruin it!' This means that no church is perfect because it is made up of imperfect people like you and me. We are all growing up into Christ.

Regarding denominations or different names used for Churches there are over 15,000 different types of Church in the world. The most common ones in the UK are Baptist, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian and Independent, to name but a few. Then they can also have different terms like Pentecostal and Evangelical. It is true that this can be confusing. 

Instead of trying to explain each term, (because there are dozens) I would just encourage you to find a Church which loves God, preaches Jesus as the only way to God, and where the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of the leaders and people. I would encourage you to visit a Church and ask to speak to the leaders about it. Don't feel bad about visiting a few different Churches in an area before settling in one. And when you find one, commit to it!

If you want to write back and tell us the town you live in we can try and suggest some churches that may be appropriate. We can usually tell from a Church's website what they will be like and if they will be welcoming.

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25)

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. www.lookingforgod.com/your-questions

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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