It happens all the time. People become disappointed in their church and leave. Maybe they were offended by someone. Maybe they didn’t feel like anyone cared. Maybe an important crisis or milestone in their life was missed. Any number of reasons can cause disappointment in church.
Yet the local church is the context God created for us to grow in our walk with the Lord. We were saved individually to be part of a community – the body of Christ. Leaving a church in most situations neither helps the person leaving or the church. And those who walk away from church altogether do terrible harm to their walk with Christ. Again, God did not save us to be lone ranger Christians – he saved us into the body of Christ.
How can the church address these disappointments? What can pastors do? What can the disappointed do? Kevin DeYoung gives some great thoughts on this in a three part blog. Part 1 is an introduction. Part 2 is addressed to pastors. Part 3 is addressed to the disappointed. By reading and applying these ideas, our churches could become much stronger and more united. May God grant this in each of our churches.