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I’ve been asked the question more than a few times over the last year. Consider the following principles:

DON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF THE MUSIC. In other words, if the music is old fashioned, or boring, or not contemporary enough, or too contemporary, and not old fashioned enough. My words here may rub some wrong because there are some passionate opinions about music and music styles in worship, but entertaining a preference disagreement with the music style is not good grounds to abandon a church. If the music compliments the service well and the songs are biblically sound and honor God, a person should look past the occasional singing of a contemporary version of And Can it Be? with drums and an electric guitar.

DON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE THE PREACHING IS BORING AND DOESN’T MEET YOUR NEEDS. The concept of boring preaching is subjective. Even the best preachers can be boring sometimes, but even that doesn’t mean the pastor is a bad preacher. There is a big difference between boring and bad. Boring may have to do with ability, where as bad impacts ones doctrine and theology. Boring will receive constructive criticism.

DON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF PETTY DISAGREEMENTS WITH OTHER MEMBERS. Sadly, this happens a lot, however, if you happen to feel offended because the pastor dismisses your ideas about the youth night activities, or your wife’s idea for songs for the Easter sunrise service, that is not grounds to leave your church.

DON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH WHEN THE OLD PASTOR LEAVES AND ANOTHER PASTOR COMES. Inevitably, people will leave when a church transitions with a new pastor. Everyone just loved the old pastor, and in their minds, no one can ever replace him. But, I believe it honors the work of his former ministry when the people he pastored for so long are accepting toward the new pastor with grace, love, humility and submission.

DON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE IT IS TOO SMALL AND DOESN’T HAVE BIG MINISTRIES TO KIDS, TEENS OR ADULTS. Activities and programs can supplement the life of a church, but they shouldn’t be the focus of why a person attends a church. Also, people have a tendency to perceive a small church as having something wrong with it. “If it were good, more people would come” or so goes the idea. But there may be nothing wrong at all with this small church and “smallness” has its advantages, such as a closer knit group of members and more opportunities for personal service.

What about positive reasons for leaving:

DO LEAVE IF THE GOSPEL IS NOT BEING PREACHED.

DO LEAVE IF THE LEADERSHIP OR CONGREGATION WILL NOT ADDRESS SINFUL ATTITUDES OR ACTIONS.

DO LEAVE IF GOD CALLS YOU TO GO TO ANOTHER CHURCH

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6 Comments

  1. Oh Man,
    Your stealing my thunder. I should have my reasons for leaving a church up by this monday, the good Lord willing.

    Fred

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