Should I stay, or should I go (to church)?

American trends are showing more & more people who claim to be followers of Jesus but who choose not to be a part of a local church.  There are several responses those still in the church might have to that:

  1.    They're flakes.  They aren't really "committed".
  2.    It's the church's fault.  The church needs to step it up and be more relevant so people will want to be involved.
  3.    They have a point.  What am I really getting out of the church? Maybe I should try something else.

We could go into a lot of detail addressing each one of these responses. Each one of them has some merit, at least from a certain perspective.  And maybe you have a different response altogether.  The Christian community has spent a lot of time trying to find out what is going on in the minds of those who choose to leave the church but still claim to be followers of Christ.  We want to understand so we can address it & bring people back.  I guess it leads me to ask the opposite question - "Why is it that we who are still part of the local church are continuing to value it?"  What are our motivations?  It's not just a pros/cons list to help me decide which is better for me, or I might decide to stay home after all.  It's a question of whether Jesus wants us to be part of the church, & why?  If the church is important to Jesus then it should be important to us, & we should do everything we can to make it as effective as it can be, & to fix what may be broken.

All that to say - Ed Stetzer wrote a good response to Donald Miller, who revealed that he rarely goes to church because he doesn't get much out of it.  I thought it was worth the read:

Pastor Travis

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