One of the struggles we’ve had since moving to Atlanta 4 years ago is finding a church we can call home. We have visited several in our community as well as some in Buckhead, Brookhaven, Midtown, Roswell, Alpharetta, Downtown Atlanta, and Decatur. I thought moving to the South from California would make it easier to find a church home because there is such a higher percentage of church goers here.
One of the things I’ve discovered is that being a conservative Christian in California is not the same thing as being conservative Christian in Georgia. What was conservative before moving is definitely moderate/liberal here. Neither my husband nor I have a lot of patience for legalism and making faith more about judging others. We lean towards a focus on the grace of Jesus, a grace that we are in need of daily.
I miss being a part of a local church community. I miss fellowship, discipleship, and serving others. Yet, I don’t think I fit at most churches here. It’s weird feeling like I don’t fit or belong. We have found one church we like and think we could fit in. However, it’s 30 minutes away on a Sunday. For those of you who don’t know Atlanta traffic, that means it would take at least an hour to go to the church for any type of mid-week involvement. We live in Dunwoody, it’s in Decatur. That isn’t part of our local community. …sigh… I really didn’t think finding a church would be this difficult and makes me want to move.