Myths About Those Who Have Moved Outside The Box

I ran across an interesting article today by Alan Jaimieson (a New Zealander) in Reality Magazine titled Ten Myths of Church Leavers,. Of course, I wish he had used another term for the Sunday morning box since the church of Jesus Christ in the world is larger than any box can contain, and you really don’t leave the church by quitting one of those boxes. Be that as it may, I found his observations and conclusions to be compelling.

Here is his opening paragraphs to whet your appetite:

Despite the almost mantra-like status of the statement “people are leaving the church” there still appears to be little understanding about who is leaving, when they leave, why they leave, and what happens to them and their faith after they leave. Of course everyone has their own view on these issues but few, especially our church leaders, have taken the time to sit down and talk with an actual leaver or two.

It is much easier dealing with stereotypes than actual people, even if the stereotypes don’t help us understand what is really going on. For those interested in moving beyond the stereotypes and asking: “Who are these people who are leaving our churches?” an examination of some myths about church leavers may prove helpful.

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  1. Rose Mary February 19, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    My husband and I "left" organized religion years ago, but we continue to attend "church" regularly to reach others with God’s truth and love. We are very much aware of the spiritual ingathering of the children of God in progress, regardless of where they might be physically. So though physically we have not left the "church" we are attending regularly, you can still count us among the leavers.

  2. Rose Mary February 19, 2005 at 7:21 pm

    My husband and I "left" organized religion years ago, but we continue to attend "church" regularly to reach others with God’s truth and love. We are very much aware of the spiritual ingathering of the children of God in progress, regardless of where they might be physically. So though physically we have not left the "church" we are attending regularly, you can still count us among the leavers.

  3. Debbie February 25, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    My in laws left the church years ago, and are perfectly content with that. There is no absence in their life of believers to fellowship with. However, as a new Christian, I feel lost without a church. It seems like it’s ok for people who have been in the system to leave, what about us newbies who don’t know alot of Christians.

  4. Debbie February 25, 2005 at 7:55 pm

    My in laws left the church years ago, and are perfectly content with that. There is no absence in their life of believers to fellowship with. However, as a new Christian, I feel lost without a church. It seems like it’s ok for people who have been in the system to leave, what about us newbies who don’t know alot of Christians.

  5. Wayne March 9, 2005 at 10:14 am

    Debbie,

    I tried to sort out your concern on my Marcy 9 blog: http://weblogs.oxegen.us/lifestream/archive/2005/03/09/6680.aspx

    Hope it helps,

    Wayne

  6. Wayne March 9, 2005 at 1:14 pm

    Debbie,

    I tried to sort out your concern on my Marcy 9 blog: http://weblogs.oxegen.us/lifestream/archive/2005/03/09/6680.aspx

    Hope it helps,

    Wayne

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