Podcast Episode #247
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Pastors go through several emotions when church members leave. Today, we cover five reasons why.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Even when someone has a good reason for leaving a church, it still feels very personal when they leave.
- It’s not just pastors who hurt when church members leave. Staff, members and leaders do as well.
- Almost every community has a “hot church” that some church members chase after.
- New members classes allow churches to discuss and deter serial church hopping.
- It’s normal for pastors to hurt when church members leave.
- There is a grief process for pastors when a church member leaves.
- Pastors, if you ever get to a point where a church member leaving doesn’t hurt, you’ve got a problem.
The five reasons it hurts when a church members leaves are:
- It feels like personal rejection.
- Relationships have developed.
- There has been much time invested.
- There is concern for the overall morale of the church.
- There is a fear others will follow.
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