Well, to be brief, there are so many different reasons why someone will choose to leave their church family and a lot of them are really important and necessary.
That being said, there are some reasons that really fall short of what the Lord requires of his followers and nine times out of ten it’s to do with ego.
Karl Vater writes:
“Are There Good Reasons to Leave a Church?
First, let’s acknowledge that there are some good reasons for leaving a church. Here are just a few:
- The church is stuck in dead traditions
- They’re so determined to do new things, they’ve become unbiblical
- The leadership is not leading
- The leadership is overly controlling
- You live too far away
- The only thing they want from you is a warm body and an offering
- You’re hindering the health, unity or growth of the church (yes, the problem might be you)
- and more.”
However we are told to persevere in the faith and protect Christian unity.
We’ve probably all had times when we feel fed up and ready to march out the door (sometimes pastors as well). But….
As Aaron Loy said:
“To leave a church because you’re not getting “enough” is a cop out. Your primary call in the church is to contribute, not just to consume. As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life. Eventually you need to learn how to feed yourself so that, in time, you can actually feed others. Remember, your call is not just to be a disciple but to make disciples.”
Dr Emery White on Crosswalk.com has written a very interesting article on this topic. Click the picture to follow the link.
And above all, pray.
A Prayer for Unity as a Church Body
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
God, help our church body to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given us. Help us in all our interactions with one another to have humble and gentle hearts. Grant us patience for one another, bearing with one another in love. Grant the Body of Christ unity. May we walk humbly with You, God, allowing You to show us our wrongs.
(also from Crosswalk).