Change is inevitable, even if we stay the same. Therefore, no matter what we do, somebody will be dissatisfied. Somebody will leave church. We cannot keep everybody happy, and complete harmony is forever beyond our grasp. Therefore, the painful question every Board member faces is:
â€œAre we willing to lose a few so that we might reach the manyâ€?
The only solution is to develop criteria about who you want to keep and who you are willing to lose. What would Jesus do?
Jesus would keep the ones who are disciplined about worship, spiritual growth, and total outreach to the â€œleast of his brothers and sistersâ€.
Christians are called to lead the mission, not be the mission. Those people â€œout thereâ€ (hurting and helpless) â€¦ they are the mission.
Tom Bandy in Roadrunner
I had a meeting with a young pastor yesterdayÂ who's church has been having some of these struggles lately.
Sometimes when people leave the local church, it's not a failure but can indicate church growth.