Yesterday, as part of the discussion to Changing the Conversation about why some Christians don’t attend church, Rachel offered this question:
do you think that maybe Christians “try” a different church, or simply seek out a different church, because their needs aren’t being met?
This is a great question. After I read this last night, I started trying to think of real-life examples (not hypotheticals) where some have left one church for another, or have stopped attending church altogether. Here’s what I thought of–and remember, I offer no judgment on these issues, I merely acknowledge that they have been issues in real examples that I know of.
- Doctrinal Disagreements
- Lack of Welcome & Fellowship
- Lack of Discipleship, Education, & Personal Accountability
- Sexual Abuse and/or Addiction
- Lack of Ministry Programs & Opportunities to Serve
- Scheduling Conflicts
- Lack of Humility and Accountability in Leadership
So what say you? What are some of the specific (though, no gory details, please) reasons you’ve known for someone to leave a church or stop attending church altogether? Have I missed any big issues that you know of?