Finding a place to fellowship can be difficult for the Sabbath-observing believer. Most people who observe the Sabbath believe in studying and living by the Bible. Because of their extensive study, many believers have an extensive understanding of what they believe God wants us to do. At times, they can be very intolerant of those who do not understand the scriptures in the same way.
This writer highly encourages believers not to look for a congregation in which they are in 100% doctrinal agreement with the others, but to look for a congregation where they can serve and be served—where they can accomplish useful work for the Eternal. On the other hand, you do not want to attend a congregation that actively preaches doctrines that you consider destructive—you would never want to bring a new person there.
It is the Spirit of God in individuals that makes the difference. There is great variation between congregations of the same church group. The only good way to determine what a group is like is to visit it a few times. With each group you visit, talk to as many people as possible and ask them about other groups in the area.
This list of lists is intended to be helpful, but tries to avoid groups that teach that they are the only or main group that God is using, but some of the groups listed here may do that. Please attend with care and prayer. (Please email any other similar lists that could be inserted here to the webmaster)
Church Bible Teaching Ministry’s Local Servants’ Directory (PDF)
A list of congregations affiliated with the Church of God Outreach Ministries is here: www.cgom.org/churches_to_visit.htm
A list of Church of God International congregations is here: www.cgi.org/churches/local.cfm
You can ask about affiliated congregations in your area from: Christian Educational Ministries, P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791 Phone: 903-509-2999; 888-BIBLE-44; Fax: 903-509-1139
Church of God Seventh Day Churches. These groups observe the Sabbath, but usually not the Feast Days. However, they are accepting of those who keep those days or hold other doctrinal beliefs. Many local congregations are involved in preaching the gospel and/or have good youth programs. www.cog7.org/directory/directory.cgi
There is a list of church groups on this web site: www.livingcog.com/237offshoots.htm. One can also click on the appropriate place on the map at www.wherecog.org. Also we maintain a list on this site here. (Some of these groups may be hierarchical in nature or teach that they are the main group that God is using.)
A slower, but often effective method is to find Servants’ News readers in your area through our Scattered Brethren Contact List: click here for PDF.
Do not forget to try your local yellow pages, looking under "Churches, Sabbath..." or "Churches, Seventh Day..." or "Messianic". Rarely, "Nondenominational", "Independent" or "Bible" churches will meet on the Sabbath. Or, you may find individuals in those groups who have discovered the Sabbath in the Bible, but who do not have anyone else to meet with. Wherever you go, always remember to ask about other meetings.
If none of the above works for you, ask God to show you if he is leading you to start a congregation. Starting a Local Congregation will help.