Church, Here’s Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1

john pavlovitz

WalkingAway

Being on the other side of the Exodus sucks, don’t it?

I see the panic on your face, Church.
I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls.
I see you desperately scrambling to do damage control for the fence-sitters, and manufacture passion from the shrinking faithful and I want to help you.

You may think you know why people are leaving you, but I’m not sure you do.

You think it’s because “the culture” is so lost, so perverse, so beyond help that they are all walking away.
You believe that they’ve turned a deaf ear to the voice of God; chasing money and sex, and material things.
You think that the gays and the Muslims and the Atheists and the pop stars have so screwed-up the morality of the world, that everyone is abandoning faith in droves.

But those aren’t the only…

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2 Comments on “Church, Here’s Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1

  1. I remember reading this ages ago and it still rings true for me. Many of my friends have left their churches in recent years. They’re all still very much believers in Jesus – just tired of the noise and dysfunctional social dynamics of church communities, a lot of them pushed to the margins because they didn’t fit in, stuff like that. Churches are losing some of their best people and they can’t see how they’re pushing them away. It’s sad.

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