Years ago, when we still attended weekly church services, a longtime acquaintance (that’s generally what we are in church situations — we’re rarely given time to freely mingle and get to know one another as friends) left.
If you attend church, you know how this goes: Bob and Allison aren’t there one week. Probably sick, or out of town. Because we’re only longtime acquaintances, we don’t call and ask, and besides, isn’t that what the visitation committee members do? It’s their ministry.
And then another week goes by. Must be a family emergency. We’ll pray for them, when we have the time.
Another week, and another, until six months later when we think, “Bob and Allison haven’t been here for, whoa, a long time. How sad. They must have left the Lord, and they’re backsliding.”
Please read the rest at What Kind of People Leave Church? at my BeliefNet blog, Commonsense Christianity. I am unable to post the entire article in more than one place, so I am most grateful to those of you who follow the link and read the whole thing.
If you have your own leaving church story, or, I’m-still-hanging-on-but-I’m-frustrated, please feel free to leave a comment.
This article is linked to Missional Woman, Womanhood with a Purpose, Essential Things, God’s Girl, Christian Mom Blogger, Happy and Blessed Home, Anything Goes, Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Jenny Evolution, A look at the Book, Counting my Blessings, Modest Mom, A Mama’s Story, What Joy is Mine, Life of Faith, Moms the Word, Women of Worship, The Multi-tasking Mum, The Fairy and the Frog, Stitch by Stitch. Monday manic link up. Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Mopping the Floor, Frugal Crafty Home