The church I attend is a fairly large one. I have seen it grow over the years and while I consider that something to be celebrated, I have heard others who see it as a detriment. One of the reasons some people have left the church is because they felt “lost” and not able to really connect to people.
However, despite the size of my church they also do a wonderful job at creating opportunities for the congregation to fit in. They offer a variety of life groups, some for the entire family and other life groups that are just for men or just for women. They also offer a number of classes and Bible studies where you have the opportunity to be in a smaller group setting.
I could really go on with the opportunities but I think the real point is that too often people are quick to move on to something else because they don’t give it a fair shake.
There are other reasons that I have heard when people leave their churches. Someone offended them. They had a disagreement with another believer. They are not getting recognized for their talent. And the list goes on.
I do believe that there are times when God will move someone from one church to another but this whole idea of “church hopping” doesn’t seem very fruitful. It’s almost like some believers turn into these wandering souls, hoping to find that one church that will meet their every expectation.
Well here is the problem with that…we are human. Churches are run by imperfect people. While the majority of them probably do strive to live as Jesus would have us live, the fact remains that no church can fulfill our every need. It’s our relationship with Jesus that does that.
So instead of looking to a building or a pastor or a congregation to meet the needs you have, look to Jesus. Then it won’t matter so much what happens within the walls of your church. You won’t be so quick to look elsewhere just because your every whim hasn’t been met.
The reality is that no matter what church you attend, you are likely to be disappointed by someone or something. It’s part of life. It’s what happens in other circles such as with our family, our friends and our work. But stay the course and remember that you could make a significant difference in your church.