I left the Plymouth Brethren in 1986 over a matter of biblical interpretation, with no idea where I would end up. I spent nearly a year visiting various churches, spending six weeks at each, visiting their services, participating in the their young adult groups, and pouring over their statements of faith and constitutions. I ended up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and even went so far as getting a Master’s of Divinity degree at one of their seminaries. I was involved in various Alliance churches in different cities for over 20 years. When the last Alliance Church in our area closed, we ended up at a North American Baptist church where we have been for six years. My views have changed a lot over the years, and I though it would be an intereting exercise to see where I best fit now.
Many have come to this site because they have become disenchanted (or perhaps disenfranchised) with where they had been worshiping. Many are not sure where to look next. Finding the right fit some 27 years ago was not an easy process for me. With the advent of the internet, the initial research can be a lot easier. Here is a brief look at some of the online quizzes I have taken recently and what they suggested would be right for me. If you have questions about where you belong, some of these quizzes might be right for you.
If you want to narrow things down to some very broad religious categories you could start with Belief Net – Belief-O-Matic It is a Multi-Faith quiz that paints with very broad strokes, and there were a couple of questions where none of the answers really seemed to fit. It also gave me my most surprising result: That of Orthodox Quaker.
Another quiz asks What’s Your Spiritual Type?. It gives results ranging from “Hardcore Skeptic” to “Candidate for Clergy” I ranked at the low end of “Confident Believer”, just a bit above “Questioning Believer”. This was not a surprising result at all.
If you want to know What kind of Christian are you? This quiz compares your beliefs with some well know Religious leaders. While I might have expected to come out close to Billy Graham, it identified me as closest to emergent leader Brian McLaren. Which, in hindsight, isn’t really that surprising.
There we a couple of very good quizzed to help identify the best fitting denomination. Probably my favorite was the Christian Denomination Selector. It said that I was a 100% match to Anglican.
Another interesting quiz was the one that asks: What Christian Denomination do you belong to?
It was a pretty straight forward quiz and said that I was a 92% match with both Lutheran and Methodist. (Shhh, don’t tell Miguel, Steve, or Chaplain Mike. i will never hear the end of it.)
I did one final test: The Religion Test. It pegged my as a Catholic, but didn’t say what the alternatives were, or how I scored.
So there you have it. I am a Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican, Orthodox Quaker, Emergent.
Not sure where you belong? Give one of the quizzes a try. I would suggest starting with my favorite one. Even if you are sure, why not try as well. You might be surprised at your results. Let us know what you found out, and whether or not that seems like a good fit.