How Church Leaders Should Handle the Issue of Church Members Not Returning

Episode #190
March 25, 2021
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It is a reality for most churches. Many members will not return when the church regathers. Leaders must prepare for that reality. Kevin and Thom discuss how to best approach this issue.

  • Be prepared for around 20% not to return.
  • Understand that the departure for many of them was already in place before COVID.
  • Low expectation churches are partly to blame.
  • Establish a prayer ministry focused on those who do not return.
  • Don’t assume they will never return.


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