Four Reasons People Are Dropping Out of Church

Episode #264
September 30, 2016
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Podcast Episode #264

Discipleship is critical to many aspects of the church, but today we discuss the link between the lack of discipleship and dropping out of church. It’s a much closer link that you might think. Disciple’s Path is but one resource we mention that might help combat this.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches where people demand to be served instead of being servants have ceased being Biblical churches—they are religious country clubs.
  • When people see church as an option, church membership and attendance becomes disposable.
  • Once you start treating church as disposable, that’s when you begin to drop out.
  • If we truly have a servant attitude, we won’t see church attendance as optional.
  • If you don’t challenge someone on the front end, you will have trouble holding them accountable later on.
  • People want to be a part of a church that is making a difference.
  • Discipleship often begins with preaching—but it does not end there.
  • The most common characteristic found in true disciples is daily Bible reading.
  • The most common question I get from pastors about discipleship is “where do we start?”

The four reasons for dropping out of church that we discuss are:

  1. The disposable mindset.
  2. People aren’t serving.
  3. People aren’t challenged.
  4. People aren’t discipled.

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