Tuesday, September 12, 2006

when people leave your church

LeadershipJournal.net has a good little article by United Methodist megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton. He is reflecting on why people leave our churches, how he deals with it, and how it hurts him. It closes with these words:
Jesus knew that God's kingdom would not expand by "pleasing all of the people all of the time." Instead the Kingdom expands as the relative minority of people who hear the gospel, live it, and in turn, give it away. Our task is to keep scattering the seed.


JD said...

Thanks. That is an awesome insight into the struggles all churches have today.

I do not care whether you are Methodist, Catholic, or of the "non-Denominational" denomination, there are always times that people leave, for their own reasons.

I will always hold true that you get out of your church community what you put into it and those that complain about the "church" they attend, are probably not really exploring the "church" as a community of believers that are gathered together to worship Christ, celebrate His sacrifice, and enable others to go out and share His Good News; they instead are pew warmers, looking for someone else to fulfill their spiritual needs, instead of participating and trying to make their relationship with God stronger. Some leave, looking for a new source of spiritual gratification, while others chose to be involved and make their situation better.

I know that is a little negative, but church is like life and marriage. You will only get out of it what you put into it.

My 2 cents. :)

Jason Woolever said...

very well said jd!