“It’s my church home. I will never go anywhere else!” I smile when I read those words on our church’s Facebook page, but I know differently. Nobody stays forever. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only person not eventually leaving is my wife.
People come, and people go often for all the wrong reasons.
- They grow bored with your teaching. “I’m not getting fed any longer.”
- You’re not new and exciting anymore. “We feel called to support a new pastor in town.”
- They don’t like the music. “We don’t do my favorite songs enough and the music is too loud.”
- They’re struggling relationally. “I’m having some issues with Bob and feel it’s best to just move on.”
- It seems like you’re all about numbers and reaching new people. “What about me?”
Of course, there are a hundred other reasons given, but they always boil down to one: they don’t love you anymore or at least not as much as they used to. Let’s face it, people rarely leave what they truly love.
They don’t leave a dream job that they love.
They don’t leave a spouse whom they love.
They don’t leave a church that they love.
It just doesn’t happen. We…Continue Reading