In my last post, I blogged about people are leaving church and the Christian faith in record numbers. I will begin a series to dive into this. As a missional church, we need to be asking tough questions to address some reasons why people are leaving church or congregation. Today, there seems to be more books out there that discuss why Christians are leaving church. Therefore, I think we are beginning to “smell the coffee” and wake up to the reality of our age. Many of our churches are suffering decline but are not addressing the needs of people.
There are many reasons why people leave. Here are several reasons that I’ve gathered from some books, but I’m sure there are a lot more.
- Unanswered questions
- Lack of purpose and mission
- Stages of faith development
- Use of money
I may add to this list of reasons as the series progresses.