The Main Reason People Leave the Church

Episode #003
May 3, 2013
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Podcast Episode #003

Today we continue our discussion on church membership.
Last week we talked about what church membership is and what it means to be a church member—how it’s not just having your name on a roll somewhere, but being actively involved in the ministry and function of your local community of faith. This week’s episode deals with NOT being a church member. Specifically the main reason people LEAVE a church.
In an earlier post, I listed the following reasons people leave a church:

  • “The worship leader refused to listen to me about the songs and music I wanted.”
  • “The pastor did not feed me.”
  • “No one from my church visited me.”
  • “I was not about to support the building program they wanted.”
  • I was out two weeks and no one called me.”
  • “They moved the times of the worship services and it messed up my schedule.”
  • I told my pastor to go visit my cousin and he never did.”

Do you see the theme there?
Here are the five ways I recommend closing the back door in churches:

  1. Inform church members.
  2. Raise the bar of expectations
  3. Mentor members.
  4. Train members
  5. Encourage people to be in small groups.

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