I just finished Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope’s book, Church Refugees. I’ve been aware of this book for five months now and have become acquainted with one of the authors. I’m working on a longer review of it. It’s a great read that you’ll enjoy if you care about the state of Jesus’ church today and what he is doing beyond the walls of our conventional congregations. One thing it does so well is dispells the myth that you have to belong to a “local church” to have a vibrant and fruitful relationship with Jesus and engagement with his people and the world. For now, I just want to share this quote with you about those who are leaving:
They aren’t weaker Christians than those who stayed. They aren’t less faithful. They aren’t backsliders or spiritually immature. They have simply endured too much in the instituaionl church and see no reason, theologically or practially, to continue in that relationship
Get yourself a copy. You won’t regret it!