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Sunday, 18 September 2016

15 Reasons Why Committed Christians Do Not Attend Church

Christian, who have decided not to attend church services any longer…or just need a break from that routine. For some observers this indicates: they are not Christians or that they are not being faithful to God. That may or may not be true;  Lets checkout some of the listed reasons below.




1. THEIR FAITH IS STRONG, BUT THEY FEEL THE CHURCH IS NOT MEETING THEIR NEEDS.

These individuals may have been members for years at their church. They have grown up in the church and have reached a different phase of life. Perhaps the church focused more to young families now or perhaps it is geared toward the older people who have the financial resources that younger families do not. For them, the church doesn’t meet their needs, so they decide not to attend.

2. THEY ARE TIRED OF THE ROUTINE EACH SUNDAY.

While many churches do offer a variety of service times and days, many individuals get stuck in a rut of Sunday = church day. For many, Sunday may be their only day off and there is nothing fresh, new or inviting to get them in the church doors.

3. THEY HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT GOD, AND THE CHURCH ISN’T CONNECTING WITH THEIR LIVES.

These are people of faith, who are learning and educating themselves. They also have needs that the church leadership is not listening to or paying attention to. The focus of the teaching does not reach the needs of those in the congregation. People want to have real, practical applications to their lives when they go to church, and they want to hear from God. If the content isn’t applicable, they wonder why they should come.

4. THE CHURCH HAS CHANGED AND DOES NOT HOLD THE SAME INITIAL APPEAL AS IT ONCE DID.

What originally attracted them to the church either no longer connects with them or has changed with new leadership or a different make-up of the congregation.

5. THEY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HOW CHURCHES ARE RUN.

Churches, like any other organization or business, have a set of processes and order for how things are run. Individuals from the congregation will inevitably disagree with facets of this system; however, many times the church is at fault for running improperly. From the perspective of a church consulting firm, this is an enormous issue. Many times conflict, poor leadership from the pulpit, and personal agendas trumping the church’s vision/mission are key reasons for faulty administration.

6. THEY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HOW PEOPLE ARE HANDLED (OR NOT HANDLED).  

If there is no clear process in place to address church discipline and/or conflict resolution, people get frustrated with how situations are resolved. Scripture speaks on these issues, but many times the leadership is not in agreement or unclear as to what should be done regarding church conflict.

7. HEAVY-HANDED PASTORS OR TEACHERS SHAME PEOPLE INTO “BEHAVING IN A GODLY WAY”.

Scriptures should be used to instruct people on how to live according to God’s commands — not to shame or judge. God is the ultimate judge and those in ministry are His messengers to share how godly living looks.

8. THEY DISLIKE THE CONFLICTS WITHIN THE CHURCH.

Not many people enjoy conflict. But no one likes it when conflict keeps brewing and never comes to a resolution. Many pastors and other church leaders fail at conflict resolution in the church. When your leadership is in conflict, it’s time to pray

9. THERE’S A LACK OF INSIGHT INTO PERSONAL AND PRACTICAL ISSUES WITHIN FAMILIES.

This is such an important issue. People want to know that someone–especially the one who preaches the message each week–can share with practical life issues, such as raising a family, marriage, and the difficulties that arise whether it’s a wayward child, illness, financial needs, job stress, family conflict, or just plain life in general.

10. CHILDREN’S NEEDS ARE NOT MET.

Youth and children are the future of the church (and the present), and many families base their attendance on whether a church has a good children’s ministry or not.

11. THEY DON’T WANT TO GIVE TO SOMETHING THEY NO LONGER BELIEVE IN.

It’s very hard to give to something that no longer matters to you and lacks vision clarity for their future. Surveys often show what people are willing to give to.

12. THERE ARE TOO MANY RULES.

Being a godly person has nothing to do with a list of rules, but a relationship with God. Yet obsession over rules is one of the reasons why committed Christians do not attend church.

13. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE.

Some people just like smaller churches or groups. Thereby loosing interest in attending bigger or mega churches.



14. NO “GOOD” CHURCHES NEARBY.

Pending on where they live, this could be a reality; however, churches vary in their delivery, style and leadership. No one will find a “perfect church” that has everything that they prefer.

15. THEY NEED TO HAVE DOWN TIME BECAUSE OF WORK OR FAMILY STRESS.

Individuals need rest. And indeed that can be an acceptable excuse some of the time for missing church, but probably not all the time. The stresses of normal life can only highlight the need to worship and fellowship with a community of believers in the church.

Source - The Malphurs Group

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