Leaving the Old, and Engaging the New

How to leave your old church well, and how to engage in your new church faithfully.

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:

First, “How To Start At Your New Church”.

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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Leaving the Old, and Engaging the New

  1. Pingback: Reasons to Leave a Church, part 1 « Roots Run Deep

  2. Pingback: Reasons to Leave a Church, part 3 « Roots Run Deep

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