When to Leave Your Church, Part 2

(This is a continuation from yesterday’s Part 1. If you missed it, you can read it here.)

Have you ever felt like leaving your church? I understand what that feels like. You’re hurt and tired. You feel stuck and want something fresh. I’d like to share a fresh perspective with you on this topic. I pray it edifies you as you read it!

God does lead some people away from their churches. Members become missionaries. Jobs move people. And when the truth is left out of the pulpit, it’s usually time to go.

Here’s a unique perspective that I’d like to share with you. One of my best friends has a fantastic stance on his church membership. He’s there to serve. He’s told me more than once that when things got tough in the church, he’s there to do whatever he can to make things better.

Leaving has never been an option for his family. He’s not there to gain–he’s there to give. He’s not a consumer. He’s a contributor. (And, no, he’s not the pastor.) That’s his perspective. And his being a contributor has done so much good for the church. His perspective has inspired me. It made me think.

Churches go through difficult times because of one reason: people exist. So when a member is burned in his church, then his perspective of leaving his church to go to another can be like jumping out of one hot frying pan only to land into another sizzling skillet.

However, when a member has the perspective of being a giver–a contributor–then when he doesn’t receive what he feels he needs, it’s OK. “Blessed are those who are merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) His purpose is to give–to use his God-given gifts to edify the body, especially when it is sick (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Cor. 12:7, 26)

Wow! Can you imagine if 90% of the members of your church had this perspective? What kind of church would it be then?

You are gifted! If you’re believing in Jesus as your Savior, His Spirit has gifted you. Your gift is supernatural. It’s phenomenal! There is no limit to what you can do with your gift! So what are you contributing to your church? (Remember, your church is a group of people–not a building.) What are you giving? Are you doing what it takes to make your church healthy?

Or are you a consumer–sucking the body dry and making it sick?

You could not pry my best friend away from his church. Unless, that is, you are God.

Question: How have you seen someone in your church act as a contributor? How has this affected your church? 

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