Had a conversation with a man who desperately wants to see life and joy in his congregation. Our conversation made me think of this blog post. Enjoy!
Why are people disillusioned with the church? There are too many reasons. In a short video, Mark Vanderstelt (Soma Communities) shares insight from a couple in his fellowship that had become disillusioned with church. I summarize the reasons he shared below and offer a few ideas from my experience that can keep people from similar disillusionment.
1) They came in expecting to find a loving, welcoming family in the church. They expected to connect with people with whom they can do life. But their experience of church was something else, something less. Their expectations went unmet.
2) The messages they were hearing didn’t translate into action. Problems were identified, but no one did anything about the problem. That fed the sense that the church was hypocritical.
3) They couldn’t see the relevance of the gospel to everyday life. They did not have a sense of how their experiences at church connected with their work, family, health, marriage, getting along with neighbors, etc. So church began to feel like a waste…
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