This past month marks 12 years of pastoral ministry for me. In that time, I’ve seen a number of new people come into the church where I was serving, as well as some long-time members leave. Some of these experiences have been healthy, and some have not. Most of the unhealthy ones are because of how I and the other pastors/leaders handled the situation; however, there are some important things to keep in mind when engaging in a new church or in leaving your existing church. Kevin DeYoung over at The Gospel Coalition Blog has written a couple of posts this week addressing this, and I thought they were worth sharing:
Second, “How To Leave Your Old Church”.
These posts cover the “how” in leaving a church, while usually the most pressing decision is not “how”, but “if”. Whether or not to leave a local church is a huge decision with huge ramification both for the individual and the church. We should approach that decision carefully, prayerfully, Biblically, and solemly. To help with this, I’m working on a future post that discusses what are good reasons and bad reasons for leaving a church, but that’s for another day.