I realized today that I have never had to find a church.
I started going to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights when I was in junior high. I kept going there until I was employed by The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, so a seamless church transition was made. While at WCPC, I had been attending Ecclesia when I could. So, when I stopped working for WCPC, another church was immediately in my life.
I have never had to "try out" various churches to see which ones fit my theology and preferences and which ones don't fit. I am faced with the daunting challenge this will be once I move back to Arlington Heights. I have many friends who have already invited me to come to their churches, and I'm sure I will join them to see what it's like, but ultimately, I've grown a lot in the past few years and I'm not ready to choose a church just because some people I know happen to like it. This is going to be an interesting process.
I really wish I could find an "Ecclesia" here. I know I can't bring with me all the people who make it so meaningful, but the reasons I love that church go even beyond those significant relationships. That's saying a lot, because those people mean so much to me. It's asking a lot, but I hope I find some place like Ecclesia in Chicago.