And there will always be the anticipated themes of relocation or personal crises. We should recognize those issues, though we can respond to the latter more than the former. But all the research studies of which I am aware, including my own, return to one major theme to explain the exodus of church members: a sense of some need not being filled.
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In other words, these members have ideas of what a local congregation should provide for them, and they leave because those provisions have not been met. Certainly we recognize there are many legitimate claims by church members of unfulfilled expectations. It can undoubtedly be the fault of the local congregation and its leaders. But many times, probably more than we would like to believe, a church member leaves a local body because he or she has a sense of entitlement. I would therefore suggest that the main reason people leave a church is because they have an entitlement mentality rather than a servant mentality.
Please hear me clearly. Church members should expect some level of ministry and concern. But, for a myriad of reasons beyond the scope of this one blogpost, we have turned church membership into country club membership. You pay your dues and you are entitled to certain benefits.
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The biblical basis of church membership is clear in Scripture. In 1 Corinthians , Paul describes church members not by what they should receive in a local church, but by the ministry they should give. The solution to closing the back door, at least a major part of the solution, is therefore to move members from an entitlement mentality to a servant mentality.
Of course, it is easy for me to write about it, but it is a greater challenge to effect it. May I then offer a few steps of a more practical nature to help close the back door by changing the membership mentality?
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Here are five:. What are you doing in your church to close the back door? What are you doing to move members from an entitlement mentality to a servant mentality? Great post! In the 4 years Pastoring at our church I have seen the greatest results thru one-on-one mentoring w either a man or a married couple to train them. It takes time but it brings results! And, slowly a church can be transformed. I believe those two things are unrelated. Those are two different things. Kim- Your comment is a justification and change of subject.
The connection made between the comment by Bill Gates and that of the attitude of the Church is certainly a fair one. For example, most of our churches today are not even really teaching the Bible, but rather just giving a feel-good message every sunday. We need to re-evaluate ourselves. If the product is not selling, then maybe it is the packaging, or maybe the product is not doing what it should be.
People do not return the things they love. You need to address the points made in conversation otherwise your comment is useless. I am not trying to be mean, I am just calling you out because the response you gave is an excuse I am used to hearing. Many church leaders seem to get defensive when a wrong cord is struck. Many educated Pastors today are no more than business leaders with big businesses called The Church, in order to fleece the sheep and pad their pockets!
This is where most of Gods people are treated like a commodity, so Pastors can have careers. If every fringe benefit and big salaries were stripped away, how many Pastors or under shepherds would remain? This is a lot of why people leave a church.
Its what sheep can do for the shepherd with how he runs his business, until sheep are fleeced to being bare, instead of what the shepherd does for the sheep. The sheep are desperate for shepherding. Instead they are being devoured by wolves. Most Pastors want want want instead of serve serve serve. Preaching on Sunday is not what Jesus had in mind.
Christianity is really a faith-based spiritual organization. It is more than that because there are many physical psychological and social things that must be addressed. Its more than obvious!. So Dr. Swains comparrison is pretty accurate. The reason I left was because of a wicked evil shepherd that intentionally hurt people, including myself, and his preaching of false doctrine was based on pride and lies.
Even though he was confronted many times because of his behavior, the faults always got twisted back to not being his fault.
He is the one with entitlement issues and wanting to be served by All. I could longer be apart of falseness and hypocrisy. I have no regrets. Great if you can get away with it.! I do agree that at times entitlement may be a factor, but it is far from the only factor. I know many people who wholly love the lord, who are serving constantly, and giving of themselves. And you know what, sometimes they just got burnt out. It happens.
Sometimes churches fault to preach sound doctrine, sometimes leadership is weak. There are a myriad of reasons why people leave a church.
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On the whole comparing church to a business: I was a part of a church that was allegedly run by a guy who had earned a business degree — something along an MBA. I have never been in a church in my life that has so closely mimicked Corporate America as this church. It has been exceptionally hierarchical part of the Discipleship Movement. I was in this church for most of five years while in college. They were well-intended people; but the environment honestly struck me as somewhat toxic.
For the record, this is the only church I can think of where I was involved for more than a year and have tragically had to leave and distance myself from it. I could sweep the floors or clean the toilets. This was not one of them. They tend to make me feel glad to serve them. Unfortunately, The church itself compares itself to a corporation. It runs itself as such.
And too often it is the leadership of the churches that have a sense of entitlement.