7 Terrible Reasons For Leaving A ChurchJessica Griggs
There are some valid reasons to leave a church. But there are many more terrible ones. Playing Jesus hopscotch isn't exactly the best way to get connected, and develop the kind of relationships and community the Bible talks about in Acts 2, where the people of the early church devoted themselves to teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, selling all their possessions, giving to the needy, having all things in common together and breaking bread in each other's homes. Without some level of loyalty to not only the universal Church, but the local church, we will never forge those bonds with our fellow Christians, and never have the opportunity to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with one another. We also deprive others the opportunity to encourage us when we are faint of heart. Basically, the church is part of God's plan, and essential to your spiritual growth. Here are a few really bad excuses to leave the church:
1. It is too big
When people say that their church is “too big,” what they usually mean is that it's hard to get connected, or more frankly, they haven't really made the effort to get connected. The issue of building community is present in every size church, from the tiny church plant that meets in a movie theatre, to the mega church with four campuses. And if you were unable to find your super special group of church friends in a church with 2,000 members, what makes you think you'll be able to find it in a church of 50? More importantly, seeking out super special friends isn't really the point. It's loving one another simply because you are a part of the same family. More often than not, we learn most from those that are difficult to love, or those that really challenge us to get out of our comfort zone. But building those relationships take time, so if you're church hoping, chances are you aren't sticking around long enough to get real with anyone.