Legitimate Reasons for Leaving a Church…
- The church abandons orthodoxy.
- The church becomes more about politics than Jesus.
- Transformation is absent.
- You live too far away.
- The church is homogenous and insular.
But just remember in our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold for leaving a church. The slightest mismatch of preferences or the smallest amount of discomfort can lead a churchgoer to become a church shopper for the perfect church.
Bad Reasons You Might Be Tempted To Leave Your Current Church…
- Change is uncomfortable: Maybe you do not like the new pastor. Remember that change causes growth, which is what the goal is! We want healthy, growing churches, but in order to do that, we can’t remain the same.
- Some of the churchgoers annoy you: Your church draws people together from very diverse backgrounds. This is what the gospel does! This means it’s very likely you’ll be worshiping alongside people whom you’d normally never choose to interact with.
- You do not like the message: Worshiping outside of your comfort zone and style preference can be healthy as it cultivates humility and makes worship more about God than our own consumer desires.
- You don’t get much out of Sunday services: God and His Word don’t change. The church should not be about what we get out of it, but what we give, how we serve, and how we build up the body.
- Your “cause” was not sufficiently championed: Many people leave churches when they pitch an idea or embark on a crusade to launch a program that goes nowhere. Don’t leave and search for another church that might run with your idea. Instead, why not stay and see what existing program already has momentum in the church, and get behind that?
- There are unresolved hurts or conflicts: You would think that a bunch of adults that are all followers of Christ would have little to no disputes (or could at least deal with them like adults). If you’ve worked (or even volunteered) in a church for a week, you’d know this is far from the truth. This is why we need Jesus. People are selfish and prideful, and it’s hard to admit that we are wrong.
- The size of your church is too big or small: Regardless of the size of the church, you will still develop genuine relationships with a few people. The size of the congregation doesn’t hinder fellowship.
- Struggling with sin: If you are struggling with sin, the worst thing you can do is leave a church that knows the grace of God. You need to learn this: “Where sin abounds, the grace of Christ much more abounds” (Rom 5:20).
- No one asked you to serve: Remember, the church is not a building, a denomination, or an institution. It’s people who love Jesus and each other. Do not wait-step forward and ask somebody about opportunities.
The church has the function of equipping you with God’s will and word rightly divided. If a church is doing this, you have found the jackpot even if it is filled with odd, unlikable, smelly people who struggle with sin, songs, size, and study for long periods of time.
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About Jesus Love Temple
Evangelismania – We are a lively church focused on spreading the Gospel message into the entire world! Evangelismania was a term given to Pastor Shockley by God. It is a theme for our church’s strategy of…
- Taking every possible opportunity to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the lost.
- Taking every possible opportunity to invite someone to church
- Living a Christian life that shines the Light of Christ and supports church evangelism
- We believe God wants us to help those in need. At Jesus Love Temple YOU are important!
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