Thursday, May 1, 2014

Switching Churches

Not me!

But people do. And I'm not here to judge them but I have noticed a trend in the church-switch that I thought I would blog about.  It seems that oftentimes the people who switch churches are ones who are very involved in their church.


I know that doesn't happen all the time, as plenty of people who never do more than sit for an hour during Sunday mornings switch churches too.  But I'm surprised at how often it is the involved and engaged person or family.  What's going on here?

I wish I knew.

I tried to write an ending to this post more than few times and never really could.  We'll leave it as is for now, and I welcome any thoughts.


  1. When I've seen an involved person change churches, it's almost always due to burn out. They feel drained by the things they are involved with but see no way of backing out without upsetting or disappointing people. So they just change churches. It's sad when this happens because often they love the church and its people. We should have a way for very involved volunteers to take a sabbatical when it's needed. I understand this feeling because I'm currently experiencing it but instead of running away, I asked for a sabbatical. It was so hard to do when you risk disappointing people.

  2. Holly, I think there is so much truth in what you wrote. Thanks for those thoughts. I have been so hurt by people leaving my church for reasons they would not/or could not verbalize. I am all for giving someone a sabbatical if needed. It is a mature Christian that realizes a sabbatical is needed. Replenish, restore, and get ready for God's next assignment.

  3. I also want to add......Peter and Brittney I have so many times thanked God for your involvement at church. i have been remiss in not sending you a note to let you know how much our congregation appreciates and prays for you. We love your family and feel privileged to watch it grow!!

  4. I'll throw a different idea into the hat. Those who are involved in their church also likely have stronger (and more specific) opinions on theology, ecclesiology (and any other -ology you can name) than those who aren't involved. So they're more likely to have a disagreement when things change. Moreover, they probably felt they had an investment in the church moving in a certain direction, and can become disillusioned when it moves in a different direction, or they feel their work is undone.

    Simply put, the involved ones (in general) care about things more, and thus will disagree more. Those not involved can also easily overlook things, or not even be aware of them.

  5. Wow guys! Thanks for making me feel like a real blogger. 4 comments! :)

    I love the idea of sabbaticals for volunteers Holly.
    Thanks Kim for your encouraging words.
    And good call Steve, I'm sure what you said could be one of the primary reasons people switch churches.

    Maybe I'll blog more on this in the future...