A few years ago, I quit church. I left my role as a pastor, and started a new career leading workshops and counseling people. I continued my journey of faith, but found that a lot of things were shifting. During that time, I encountered many people with similar experiences in their spiritual lives. They were disillusioned by, and sometimes turning away from, the church.
In my earlier years as a pastor, when I’d encounter people like this, it would frustrate and disappoint me. I would view the exodus from their church as an exodus from their faith. No longer.
People who are unhappy with their churches get that way for many different reasons, and there is no single reason why people are leaving church. Maybe they no longer believe
the Christian faith (or at least, the Christian faith as they have been taught). Maybe they no longer believe in God (or at least, the concept of God that they have been taught).
Or maybe they do.
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