Peregrino wrote:I've also seen a church's requirements against insurance (especially medical coverage) be a deal-breaker for some families, might it be helpful to include that as one of the comparisons?
What I envisioned was a diagram of different alignments and peculiar beliefs you would find in each alignment; insurance would be one of them (with varying degrees), marriage would be another.
Unfortunately, for many parts of the country (in fact most, based on population), your choices are:
1. An ultra-conservative Nationwide or Eastern church which has no flexibility around things like insurance.
2. A Holdeman church, which the rest of Mennonites will steer you away from, and encourage you not to become a member.
3. An Apostolic Christian church which is in the same boat as #2.
4. An Amish or Hutterite setting where one would need to learn a new language and where the belief system is not compatible with someone who has fundamentalist, evangelical beliefs (which would be what most seekers believe/require).
I'm not sure what to do about this other than encourage seekers to move to a place like Ohio where they can find a wide range of fellowships and hopefully find one that will suit their needs, and have options to migrate to a more or less conservative fellowship in the future as their needs change.