It has been often stated that the number one reason people leave the church is due to a feeling that the church failed to meet their needs. - Pastor Brian Moss
Pastor Brian Moss has an excellent post on why people leave a church. His reasons are often true and heart breaking. His second point strikes a chord with me:
There are so many people who join our churches but never invest in
relationships. They simply attend services. They treat the church like
an IN-N-OUT burger joint – get my food and get out quickly. But sooner
or later life happens, and when their world starts coming apart they
have no relational safety net. They suddenly expect “the pastor” to “be
there for them,” like he’s a spiritual Aladdin. Just rub the lamp and
*poof*, there he is! But that’s not even the biblical calling of
pastors. According to Ephesians 4:12, pastors are called to equip the
members to be the hands and feet of Jesus. God designed the church to be
a community of connected Christians, not a collection of customers
waiting to be served. We tell our people, “If you join this church, but
never develop any friendships here, we promise we will let you down.”
Disconnected people disconnect.
Maybe we should all take some time to consider if we are the problem - are we letting our church down?
You can read the entire post here.