Leaving and Transition is difficult. There are some specific considerations for Lead / Senior Pastors when considering leaving a church. In many cases, many of the particulars of transitioning from one church to the next are universal and the same regardless of the position. There are significant matters to pray about, circumstances to pray through, and discernment to engage with. This article, and more below, will deal with some of those particulars.
8 Principles To Consider Before Leaving A Church You (Used To) Love
This article first appeared on ChristianityToday.com on November 28, 2018. Used by permission of Christianity Today, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Leaving a church is hard. Don’t make it harder by doing it badly.
By Karl Vaters
It’s hard to leave a church you used to love – and maybe still love.
In previous articles I’ve written from the pastor’s perspective about how hard it is when people leave the church you’re pastoring, and what to consider before leaving a church you’ve been pastoring.
But the pain of leaving a church isn’t limited to pastors. Many church members find themselves facing the heartbreaking decision of whether-or-not to separate themselves from a church they’ve invested a lot of their lives in. And I’m not talking about church-hoppers, bored believers or shallow saints. I’m referring to people who have found themselves in a place they never expected – considering leaving a church they had planned to stay committed to.
If you are facing that dilemma, here are 8 principles to consider that will help you leave well – or decide to stay:
Click here to read the 8 Principles: https://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2018/november/8-principles-before-leaving-church-you-used-to-love.html?paging=off