We've been looking at trends within our church lately. One of them seems to be this 'revolving door' phenomenon where we maintain, or slightly lose, overall membership, but regularly have high turnover. We're also being told that we're about to enter into a time where there will be major changes to the way we do things. Though that hopefully means the 'revolving door' will be shut, it may also mean a more rapid exodus of those who don't appreciate major changes to the way things are done.
Change can be good. It's an opportunity.
It can also be difficult and uncomfortable.
How will the church view and respond to it?
So, the question of this post is it's title 'When should you leave your church?'.
Some would say that short of direct heresy being preached from the pulpit, you should never leave your church. You're part of a body. Don't amputate yourself. In fact, quit being a useless limb and get to work on any of the problems that you perceive. Others may think leaving or changing churches is no different than deciding Kroger has better prices than Walmart on groceries. There may be many views in between. Preaching styles, children's programs, youth programs, music programs, a sense of connectedness, etc. may all factor in to what's considered a legitimate reason for finding a new church.
But should they?
What would you consider a legitimate reason for leaving?
What do you think God's view is on church membership?