Choosing a Church!選擇一所教堂!

General Information 一般資料

Well, this is an impossible task!那麼,這是一個不可能完成的任務! (That's our disclaimer!) The incredible multitude of Christian Churches is amazing. (這就是我們的免責! )難以置信千頭萬緒基督教教會得驚人。 In the United States, there are about 330,000 Churches.在美國,大約有33萬座教堂。

A very few, specifically Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, are like McDonald's hamburgers; you will find the exact same environment in ANY of their Churches, with the exact same procedures, lessons and beliefs.極少數,特別是羅馬天主教會與東正教會,就像麥當勞的漢堡包;你會找到完全相同的環境,他們的任何教會,確切同樣的程序,取得的經驗和信仰。 To a substantial degree, that uniformity is true of a few Protestant Denominations, specifically Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Methodist.到相當程度,即均勻性,是真正的數新教教派,特別是路德教會,聖公會,循道衛理。 Beyond those, even many Denominations include a lot of diversity within their OWN various Churches.除了這些,甚至許多面額包括很多物種內,他們自己的各種教堂。 When you start to consider the hundreds of "independent" Churches, some of which are considered "cults" by main-line Christianity, the choice becomes extremely complicated.當你開始考慮數以百計的"獨立"的教堂,其中一些被認為是"邪教" ,由主線,基督教的選擇變得非常複雜。 Then, there are others yet, which describe themselves as "non-Denominational" (including ours!).那麼,還有其他的,但自稱為"非宗教" (包括我們的! ) 。 Generally, non-Denominational Churches try to focus on the basics of Christian belief, and they tend to have less of the "dogma" that seems to burden down some Churches.一般來說,非教派教堂把注意力放在基礎知識的基督教信仰,而他們往往有較少的"教條" ,這似乎負擔一些教堂。 Dogma is good in one way, of defining and publicizing and Teaching very general behaviors and reactions and thoughts which are considered Christian, so there is often a clear dividing line between "good and bad", or at least, "acceptable and unacceptable."教條是好的方法之一,在界定和宣傳和教學很普遍的行為,反應和思考被認為是基督教的,所以往往是一個明顯的分界線之間的"好和壞" ,或至少"可接受的和不可接受的" 。 When there is less dogma, there is often less "invasiveness" into the lives of the Congregation members, but there is sometimes a less clear and obvious distinction regarding what is considered right and wrong.當有那麼教條,經常存在著不足"侵襲"到了生命的會眾成員,但有時是那麼清楚而明顯的區別,就認為是正確和錯誤的。 That's why there are and will probably forever be both Denominational and non-Denominational Churches.這也就是為什麼有可能會永遠都教會和非教派教堂。

Many people really want a very structured environment, and Churches that have extensive dogma are great for them.很多人真的希望有一個很有條理的環境,並教會擁有廣泛的教條都是偉大給他們。 Other people find that sort of structure to seem repetitive and uninteresting and unmotivating, and such people tend to like Churches that focus in central Christian Teachings and which have little dogma.其他人覺得那種結構顯得重複和枯燥和unmotivating ,而這些人往往喜歡教堂,集中在中環的基督教教義,並沒有什麼教條。 Sadly, some people wind up in the wrong of these two categories, and separate from whatever that Church Teaches, they tend to get very little out of it toward advancing their Christianity.可悲的是,有些人結業,在錯誤的,這兩個類別,並分別從什麼表示,教會的教導,他們往往得到很少出它朝著推進基督教。 That is another aspect of that difference itself.這是另一個方面,這種差異本身。 Extremely dogma-centered Churches tend to have Services that are essentially always exactly the same, where their concept is not so much "advancing" the Faith of the Members but constantly reinforcing it.非常教條為本教會傾向於有服務,那是基本上總是不盡相同,而其概念,不是那麼多, "與時俱進"的信念,該會的成員,但在不斷強化。 The less dogmatic Churches tend to be what might be termed more "vibrant", or at least lively!少教條式的教堂往往是可能被稱之為更加"充滿活力" ,或者至少是生動! Their Services tend to each be somewhat unique, where Ministers compose Sermons each week (in contrast to using "week 37" in their Church's pre-established Catechism).其服務趨向於互相有點獨特的,那裡的部長組成說教每星期(相比之下,以"週37 " ,在他們的教堂舉行的預先確定的問答) 。

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The following charts attempt to group related "families" of Churches.下列圖表企圖集團相關的"家庭"的教堂。 The first Chart tries to give a general idea of common features of various Denominations, while the second Chart tries to suggest relationships among different Denominations.首圖試圖給一個大略的構想共同特徵的各種面額的,而第二張圖試圖建議之間的關係不同的教派。 This might help you narrow down the ones you want to consider.這可以幫助你縮小你要考慮的問題。 For example, a whole section of the second Chart are in a branch in the chart called "Arminian".舉例來說,一整節的第二張圖是在一個支部建在連圖所謂的" arminian " 。 If you go to the Arminian presentation in BELIEVE, and find that is not for you, then you will have eliminated a whole bunch of possibilities.如果你到了arminian介紹相信,而且覺得這是不是你,然後你將有淘汰,對整個一大堆的可能性。 If, instead, you DO have interest in Arminian theology, you have again narrowed it down.如果不是,你也有興趣arminian神學的,你有再縮小了下來。

We hope to add "descriptions and commentary" to many of the entries in these charts.我們希望加上"的描述和解說" ,許多的作品中,這些圖表。 However, given the approach of BELIEVE, of NOT introducing bias, we are having trouble seeing how we will do this.不過,由於臨近相信,如果沒有偏見,我們有麻煩出現,我們將如何做到這一點。 For example, a commentary on one of the Churches below includes "very legalistic. SEPARATISTS!"舉例來說,評論,對其中的教堂下面包括"非常法律性。分離主義者" ! in the text.在文本中。 We don't know whether those statements might be true or not about that Church, but they just sound rather biased to us!我們不知道是否這些聲明可能是真還是假約教會,但他們只是聲音,而不是偏頗給我們!


Major Christian Denominations主要的基督教教派

(click anywhere inside chart to scroll with arrows; or use scrollbar with mouse) (點擊隨時隨地內圖表,以鼠標箭頭;或使用滾動條與鼠標)
Denomi- denomi -
nation民族
Origins起源 Organiz- organiz -
ation ,用
Authority管理局 Special Rites特別禮記 Practice實踐 Ethics倫理 Doctrine學說 Other其他


(If the chart above did not display, you should be able to see it by clicking here. (如圖表,上面沒有表現,你應該能夠看到它的點擊這裡。


These two charts are VERY general and minimal.這兩個圖表,是非常普通和微不足道。 There are literally tens of thousands of additional lines that could be included, for various unique Churches, like say, the Amana Colonies.有字面上數以萬計的額外電話線可列入,為各種獨特的教堂一樣,也就是說, amana殖民地。 MANY of those Churches seem to be hybrids where some local group has seen some value in each of two or more existing Denominations.許多這些教堂似乎是雜種那裡有的地方組出現了一些值在每兩個或兩個以上現存面額。 So, there might be an "Evangelical Lutheran Episcopal Congregational Methodist Pentecostal Church", and it would be tough to even GUESS what they believed!所以,有可能是一個"基督教香港信義主教堂循道五旬節派教會" ,那將是很難甚至猜測,他們相信! You'd have to contact such a Church and request a Statement of Faith from them.你不得不接觸,如教會,並要求一份聲明中的信念,從他們。

Our hope with these charts is that, if you are looking for a new or different Church to attend, that you might be able to narrow it down to three or four.我們希望與這些圖表是,如果你正在尋找新的或不同的教會人士前來參加,你也許能縮小它放下,以三個或四個。 Then, ACTUALLY ATTEND a Service (as a visitor) at each one before making a final decision.那麼,實際上參加人員(以旅客身份) ,在每一個,然後才作出最後決定。 Even if the first one seems great, check the others out before making a final commitment.即使第一個似乎很大,檢查別人了,然後才作出最後的承諾。 The Lord has been around 2,000 years waiting for you; He will certainly be Patient for another four weeks for you to determine where your Spiritual growth might best occur!主一直圍繞2000年的等著你,他一定會再忍耐另外4個星期,你確定你的心靈成長可能發生的最佳!

Many of the lines in the chart below include two numbers in parentheses.許多線條,在下面的圖表,包括2名括號中的數字。 The first is the year that the Church began.首先是今年的教會開始了。 The second is the publicized number of regular members (generally in the USA).二是公開的若干成員定期(一般在美國) 。

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