Why do people leave church or join different churches? Are we consumers? Do we leave for the wrong reasons? Do people walk away from church and never come back? Is this how cults are formed?
Together we will look into these questions and see if there is a theme we can address in a few posts.
Top reasons LifeWay Research found why people switch churches:
The church was not helping me to develop spiritually. (28%)
I did not feel engaged or involved in meaningful church work (20%)
Church members were judgmental of others (18%)
Pastor was not a good preacher (16%)
Too many changes (16%)
Members seemed hypocritical (15%)
Church didn’t seem to be a place where God was at work (14%)
Church was run by a clique that discouraged involvement (14%)
Pastor was judgmental of others (14%)
Pastor seemed hypocritical (13%)
For me personally the hypocrite argument is very weak and overdrawn. We all at times are hypocrites. Meaning for my sake is that we say one thing and do another.
Do you see that most of these reasons may be due to feelings and emotions. Is that a bad thing? God did create us to have them. We also know however that our hearts are wicked and deceitful. Under the Lordship of Christ we can practice self control- truth is truth no matter how we feel. Take every thought captive…..etc…
Please don’t misunderstand- our feelings and emotions do matter. We are a people that live in a post modern world. God’s Word is still the base and foundation of our faith. Can’t church be a place that we authentically Worship and grow with like minded people? To find love and acceptance no of our sin but of the common thread of Christ. Not having to fit in a mold or ideal.
Just give me Jesus….He is our only hope.