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.

(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] brand new website just launched by Jon Acuff -> Can I Wear Jeans? at caniwearjeans.blogspot.com for a directory of candid church reviews, cf. read back story from Steve Knight

[update May 2009] also see this list of churches with evening worship services

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5 Responses

  1. solomon li says:

    you can probably find many more… but here’s a couple.

    http://www.firstharvestchapel.com/

    http://www.bereancc.com/

  2. DJ- thanks for being the super connector! not just for those of us in ministry keepin up with conferences through your eyes, ears, orange crocks, and fingers, but those who are sincerely looking for a church home. (I just had a flashback to ED Young at C3 two years back doing his “Stay in the house” impersonation of TD Jakes and Joel O’steen)….. I was with friends who travel to CA often, and they said, man, we need to find some good churches out there…we used to bar hop, but now that we’re saved we want to church hop. thanks for the info!

  3. DJ, you’re the best connector I know, period. Cheers.

    Funny you blogged about churches in Irvine, I’ll be preaching at Evangelical Formosan Church of Irvine on 7/6.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I’m adding our church – we’ve got fellowship nailed. Of course, we do have drums, so that might push us out of the running with “loud”…
    http://www.pacificchurch.com/

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