Hi, I’m Elkabong, haven’t been here for awhile, and I’m a member of a Presbyterian church (PCUSA).
Protestants don’t like to admit it, but tradition carries as much weight with us as with Catholics. Tomorrow, I will march in our Palm Sunday procession in the neighborhood of the church. We will join with a United Church of Christ, a Lutheran, an Episcopalian, and a Roman Catholic church to do this. We enact this, despite feeling silly and conspicuous, because it is Tradition. Even with the papists! (grin)
So, “choosing” a church has more to do with finding a church that enacts traditions similar to or that resonate with those you’ve been exposed to all your life. I don’t know what to say about those who come from an unchurched background and start looking. They may end up in what my wife calls, “shake your patootie” churches.