Here’s Why People are REALLY Leaving The Church

John Pavlovitz has written a piece for Church Leaders titled, “Dear Church, Here’s Why People are REALLY Leaving You.”

This spoke to me: “In fact, most of your time, money and energy seems to be about luring people to where you are, instead of reaching people where they already are.”

I don’t know why reaching people where they are, letting them be where they are without demanding they come to the church, is so hard to get. The first year I was a single mom, two staff members in my Sunday School class (small group – or whatever it was called then – I can’t remember) wanted to give my young girls Christmas presents. They didn’t need Christmas presents – I’d already got them everything and more. But we did need somewhere to go on Christmas day. Not one family invited us to their home, and not one person brought us food … but they were very sad they couldn’t buy us gifts. It’s what they needed to do for the ‘needy,’ but it wasn’t what the ‘needy’ needed.

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What do you think about what he’s written?

 

 

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  1. But we did need somewhere to go on Christmas day. Not one family invited us to their home, and not one person brought us food

    As a bachelor who spent a number of years living far enough away from family that flying was the most sensible way to make it back to visit, this rings true. I’d normally fly back for Christmas, but Easter / Thanksgiving I typically wound up hanging out with my atheist / agnostic friends as they were the ones most likely to extend an invitation. (That said there was an exception or two as well).

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