finding a church home in Irvine California
I like connecting people to people. There, I’ve said it. Whether it’s people to God, people to resources, people to churches, people to places, it’s listening people’s question and connecting to what they’re looking for.
In a recent conversation, someone moving into the Irvine area is looking for a church. He’s been checking different churches out, but hasn’t yet found the right one. Ingredients that he’s looking for: a Bible-teaching church, a strong children’s ministry, fellowship with other Christians, a place to serve, and not too loud. A church like Bent Tree Bible Fellowship would be ideal, he said. It’s a kind of healthy church that feels like home (for certain evangelical Christians).
I ran through my mental rolodex and here’s what I came up with (in no particular order). But comparatively few right there in Irvine, surprisingly. There are plenty of great churches in Irvine, granted, but not sure all fit the description above. Perhaps you know some others.
- Saddleback Church (which has 2 Irvine campuses)
- NewSong (moved to Santa Ana)
- Mariners Church
- Irvine Presbyterian Church
- Harvest Community Church
- Ambassador Bible Church
- Calvary Chapel
- The Crossing
- Ev Free Fullerton
- Newport Mesa Church
- Great Park Church
- The Main Place (Santa Ana)
- Voyagers Bible Church (Irvine; cf. OC Register article)
- The Village Church (Irvine; OC Register article PDF)
- Storyteller Church
- University United Methodist Church (oldest church in Irvine, according to this OC Register article)
- The Summit [now OC Summit Church? http://ocsummitchurch.com]
- Pathways Church
(I think you can leave out the Bible-teaching churches that are too vocal about the faults and problems of other good evangelical church’s practices…)
I’ve indexed more than a dozen church directories and search engines here — great reference there for anyone looking for a church anywhere.
[update May 2009] also see this list of churches with evening worship services