@MicahB, I think @seanO and @skell pointed out very good aspects. I’d share my church-seeking-finding experince, you might find some bits of it useful.
I got saved (starting off as a Catholic in my teens) in a pentecostal-charismatic church, which was grandfathered by Derek Prince and Kenneth Hagin - this laid the foundations of my measurement (likely it’s not the right word I should say but I’m an ESOL so I hope you’ll get what I mean) of any church. We went through quite tough times as a family that time and as a result I finally drifted away from God. Although we got saved and waterbaptized together, my husband did not want to go to church after a while, so he came with me once a year and I maybe went about 5 times a year. God literally proved us that He leaves that 99 for that one - and He relocated us on the very opposite side of the Earth. Literally nothing farther just the water in the Pacific Ocean So I found myself here in an unknown country, unfamiliar culture, although speaking English understanding barely anything for half a year (due to the accent), no family, no friends, nothing. So I had to run to God. So I finally started to look up a church. I was looking for a pentecostal and/or charismatic one, I have found one, went once - no one talked to me, went another time and just before I left I told God that if He wants me to stay He should send some to talk to me. Next minute the women pastor was standing beside me for a chat and prayer. So I stayed. I was used to more “painful” preachings - so time to time I still listened to my old church’s sermons, but I knew it was important to belong to a church and be under authority. Still was lonely - in the church. Still no one talked to me. Then finally, after approx a year, I got into a small group, then once I was prayed for lifting up the burden that my husband still wasn’t coming - and he started to come the very next Sunday It was not my job to make him come, it was God’s. I belonged there but never felt really being part of it, because there were some differences in how deep and straight they saw things and how I did, what they emphasised and what they never talked about. I still trusted God that that’s my place, He placed me there so I stay, and survive with His grace (the gap started to getting wider). And suddenly, after maybe 4 years, things got stirred up. And God relocated me into another church - it happened literally in 7.5 days while both my small group leader and senior pastor disagreed with me about my leaving. I knew it was from God, I had no doubt, so despite their opinion I left. Looking back now it is getting clear how God operated (things happening over the years now make sense) and prepared me for leaving. Now I am in a church which shares the same foundational values and their importance as I have (e.g. the importance of what we let in - what we read and listen to). And the preachings are painful. Hits you in the stomach. Sometimes lasting for weeks… The Word of God is like a sharp sword.
I am thankful for being part of this church now, but I understood why it was crucial for me to start there, and I am thankful for them as well. There I had to learn to go for God, not for the people. I might have not succeeded with it here . Also, there were preachings that I still refer to countless times. I got 3 unexpected prophecies there - the 1st is still on the shelf, the second was a valid one, about multiple things, and it all came true, even that I forgot half of it and when re-checked I realized that it prophecied my leaving of the church and the shift in my profession, with a proper timeframe. The third was the one that the Holy Spirit instantly warned me to reject, so I did. Had I accepted I would have left the church. That was when God started to separate me spiritually from the church. Then emotionally. Then left. But these all were quite important stations as maturing in faith.
I wasn’t sure that where I ran the first Sunday in the transition period was the one where God wanted me to be, but that was the only one I “accidentally” (there are no “accidents” with God) knew about. I remember listening to the preaching and crying to those who came around to pray for me after the service that I want to stay but not my will but God’s be done. That was the day when Ravi was in town, so I did an hour walk and prayed, and asked questions to God kind of “if you really want me to leave tell me …”. And He did. And it was accurate. In the coming days I got three more confirmations, that God really wants me to leave. I still had to make sure that I won’t run into the same issues I had in the previous one, so when I had a chance to meet the senior pastor, I very briefly shared my background - the parts that caused the most controversy in me in the old one - and asked him whether he would be ok to have me in his congregation - and said a yes.
Then we moved (my husband was absolutely supportive), and had a month and a half long battle period - including some quite severe issues in our family. E.g. my daughter started being bullied as soon as we got to our new church. Severely and physically bullied. Health issues, etc… I saw it as a sign we are following God’s will as otherwise the evil wouldn’t bother causing us troubles. God was and is faithful and helped us through these.
My leaving was very sudden and quick, but I had to, as I left the family I had here. It took about a year that God started to restore the relationships with my group leader and with most of other group members, even provided me a chance to briefly talk to my previous senior pastor (I bumped into him, that was another thing I asked from God - I had what I needed to say, but let it for God to create an opportunity to share when it’s time) thanking him and sharing how crucial it was for me to be there. I have grown lots since being here. And still learning and growing.
Based on my experience I’d suggest seek the Lord, and His will, and trust Him, even with the timing. For me having the confirmations coming through different persons attending different churches living on the other side of the Earth plus from the Word were helpful when had to stand firm on my leaving. I had the talk with the senior pastor after I joined the new church, my new pastor said when I asked him that it is important to be released from the previous one, on spiritual level.
Sorry for the long story I hope you find some useful thoughts in it.
I pray for God’s wisdom in your journey.