Sound church search
(Scroll down to search for a sound church. Also, at the bottom of the page, there are links to churches that have been recommended by those who are familiar with them. I’ve vetted each one to the best of my ability; please pray and discern for yourself.)
America is a land of many churches yet in many areas there isn’t a sound church to be found. The reasons are many but at the heart of the problem is a lack of belief in Scripture as the infallible, inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative Word of God.
Jesus said that if salt has lost it’s saltiness, it’s good for nothing but to be thrown down and trodden under the feet of wicked men… This is where we find many of the churches in the US and in the world today.
How did we get to the point where it is so hard to find a sound church?
There’s many reasons, among them are…
Churches and seminaries compromised on Genesis.
Seeker sensitive movement
Liberal Protestant Denominations
The godly men whom I’ve read agreed that somewhere between 3% to 4 % to no more than 10% of the US population are actually Christians (though around 70-75% of the population claims to be). That means we have many dead churches and more than a few pastors who aren’t saved. It’s imperative that we carefully choose the church we will join and give our efforts to.
There are a few churches that seem to be more or less altogether sound. A few more that are reformed but still reforming. Even more that are only just now awakening to the need to repent and reform. Still others that need many workers and many who will pray for the Lord’s grace and guidance. I attempted to list only churches in the first two categories under recommended congregations below.
Sound church, sound worship
Thomas Hobbes & America’s Ministers by Matthew Trewhella
Books on Biblical Christianity
In order for a church to be sound, it must rest on the Word of God. Sadly, many previously sound churches are wavering in their fidelity to God and His Word. We must carefully discern where a church stands. One way to do that is by looking at their website, Facebook, or Twitter. Read what they believe, what their activities and ministries are, research the pastor and elders. If they have sermons posted, listen to them. If the pastor has a blog, read it. Finally, we must be willing to ask questions.
Some questions to consider asking when visiting a church
(I complied this list after reading the suggestions of various godly men.)
- Do you consider the Bible to be sufficient, inerrant, and infallible?
- How are the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper handled? How often is the Lord’s Supper observed? Why?
- What is your position on creation order and men and women’s roles in the church, the home, and society? Are you patriarchal (the biblical view), complementarian (a reduction of the biblical view), or egalitarian (wrong on every point)? Is there an active effort to teach against feminism and to embrace a biblical view of men and women?
- Do you believe in and teach the Genesis account of creation and the flood as actual historical truth? No Adam, no Christ. Without the one, the other cannot be true.
- Is your preaching expository, topical, or a blend of both?
- Do you have a women’s ministry and how much oversight do the elders or the pastor maintain?
- Is your music scripturally sound and Christocentric? Do you use musical instruments in worship and if so, in what manner?
- What issues should I be aware of? Have there been splits within the church? Why?
- How are you striving to impact the local community for Christ?
- What is your response to CRT? Cultural Marxism? Do you teach that racism is still a part of life in the US?
- How is church discipline handled? Has there ever been a time that you’ve had to use it? How did it go?
- What is your position on headcoverings?
- How does the church view modesty? Is it addressed biblically by the pastors and by the families within the church? How is the congregation encouraged to dress (casually, as you are, more formally?
- How is the church governed?
- Is your approach to worship regulative (biblical) or normative?
- What kind of support is given to church members (spiritual, guidance, etc.)?
Just click on the links below in order to search for a sound church. There are many options for conducting your search and I’ve included all that I have found useful. From postmil churches to PCA’s and all in-between, you ought to be able to find what you are looking for through these links.
Gospel Victory churches (via Cruciform Ministries)
COMMUNION OF REFORMED EVANGELICAL CHURCHES (includes international search)
Grace Advance (in conjunction with Master’s Seminary)
I’ll Be Honest Spanish search (worldwide)
I’ll Be Honest (worldwide)
If you know of a sound church that stands firm on the Word of God as sufficient, inerrant, and infallible and isn’t caving in these perilous times, you are welcome to share it with me and I’ll include it here.
I cannot personally vouch for most of these churches but they have been recommended to me by those who either attend or have attended them. The criteria I listed for submission was sound doctrine, non-Woke, no Darwinism, feminism, humanism, etc. I have read the information on the church sites, read articles, and listened to sermons. To my knowledge, these churches meet that criteria.
I don’t add every church that is recommended to me. If it doesn’t meet my criteria or pass scrutiny, it isn’t added. Still even with making this effort, something might be missed.
Also, we are in a time of downgrade. Many a sound church has drifted from the faith. Use prayer and do your own research.
Not all churches listed are Reformed but most are.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Remlap, AL
Perryhill Second Baptist church, Perryhill, Arkansas (Allen S. Nelson IV)
Western Avenue Baptist Church, Brawley, CA. (Sr. Pastor Ekkie Tepsupornchai)
Acts Reformed Church, Covina, California
Crossway Fellowship, Grass Valley, California (?)
Grace Baptist Church, Lompoc, CA
Faith Baptist Church, Moreno Valley, CA
Faith Bible Church, Murrieta, CA
Grace Baptist Church, San Diego, California
Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California (Dr. John MacArthur)
Reformation Church of Elizabeth, Elizabeth, CO
Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sanford, FL (This was RC Sproul’s church)
Pray’s Mill Baptist church, Douglasville GA (Josh Buice)
Community Church Griffin, Griffin, GA
New Hope, Carmel, Indiana
Cruciform Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
Memorial Baptist Church, New Castle, Indiana
Harvest Bible Fellowship, Pendleton, IN
Sovereign King church, Sellersberg, Indiana (Joseph Spurgeon)
Graceway Church of Michiana, South Bend, IN
Grace Fellowship Church, Davenport, Iowa (Confessional, 1689 Reformed Baptist)
First Southern Baptist church, Junction City, Kansas (Gabriel Hughes)
Countryside Church, Overland Park, KS
Hope Baptist Church, Springfield, MO
Dominion Covenant Church (CPC) Omaha, Nebraska
Harvest Bible church, Gilmanton Iron Works , NH (Nate Pickowicz)
Cornerstone Presbyterian church, Burlington, North Carolina (Gavin Beers)
Christ Church, Cary, North Carolina
Providence Church Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Mebane, NC
Word of Grace Bible Church, Monroe, North Carolina
Christ Reformed Baptist Fellowship, Rural Hall, North Carolina
Heritage Reformed Baptist Church, Canton, Ohio
Parkside Church Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Alistair Begg)
Fairview Baptist Edmond, Edmond Oklahoma
Westview Christian Church (Reformed Baptist), Amarillo, TX
Grace Community Bible Church, Austin, TX
Crestview Baptist Church, Big Spring, Texas
Faith Baptist Church, Bowie, Texas
Grace Community Baptist Church, Elgin, Texas
First Baptist Church, Lindale, TX (Tom Buck)
Founders Baptist, Spring, TX
Refuge Church, Ogden, Utah
Hilltop Bible Church, Bergton, Virginia
Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, Virginia (Ben Castle)
Riverside Baptist Church, Newport News, VA
Colonial Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA
Grace Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
Reformation Presbyterian Church, (OPC), Olympia, WA
Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Barbados