just starting into another book (far too many on the go – but hey..) called essential church by Rainer & Rainer.

the premise is this: many people no longer view Church as essential to their lives, why is this?

they listed off the top 10 reasons why people said they ‘walked’:
1) simply wanted a break from church
2) church members seemed judgmental or hypocritical
3) moved to college and stopped attending church
4) work responsibilities prevented me from attending
5) moved too far away from the church to continue attending
6) became too busy though still wanted to attend
7) didn’t feel connected to the people in my church
8) disagreed with the church’s stance on political or social issues
9) chose to spend more time with friends outside the church
10) was only going to church to please others

as a Pastor, none of these surprise me – actually most I’ve heard from dear friends.

many of my peers have walked, citing any number of reasons – few have stayed.

I am saddened at the lack of my generation’s presence.

why did you leave? when are you coming back?

be the change you desire to see.

I know you think I’m daft. I know you think I’m lame – but I would guess that you and I agree more than we disagree.

either way, I hope you’re living life to its fullest. I hope you’re loving Jesus. I hope you’re loving people.

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