Time to quit the church?

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  • eyeuse2badub

    I'm a pastor and I want you to quit church. Now!

    By Chris Sonksen | Fox News


    At a time when church attendance is shrinking in America, I, a pastor, am encouraging people to quit church. Why?

    The answer is birthed out of conversations and research I’ve been a part of over the last several years.

    Regularly, I meet and train pastors and church leaders from all over the country through my leadership platform, ChurchBOOM. The conversations carry a common theme – a lot of people who attend church are passive towards serving, giving and community outreach.

    In most churches, 80 percent of the work is being carried out by 20 percent or less of the people. We’ve become a church of spectators and the pastoral staff is getting burned out.

    According to my own personal research, the problems are even bigger than the 80/20 principle.

    Only 39 percent of active believers consider the Bible as the literal word of God. Less than 20 percent of professing believers follow the biblical principle of giving. Only 5 percent have shared their faith with a non-believer. More than half of all church members attend church once a month or less.

    Something has to change.

    Casual attendance and the belief that others will serve, give and share the Gospel are tearing down churches across our country brick by brick. As believers, it’s time that we are either all in or we get out. The solution is simple: quit!

    That’s right – quit! If we quit the casual way we approach God’s principles can you imagine what would happen in our personal walks of faith and in our community of believers?

    What if every believer exercised generosity? What if every Christian fought for loyalty in the local church? What if everyone served in their God-given purpose? What would happen if we stopped simply believing and started belonging?

    If we would only quit the way we approach our relationship to Christ and our local church, the blessing, the reward, the joy, the fulfillment, the purpose, and the increase would radically transform our lives and the world. Together, we can revolutionize the church!

    But the only way we can do this is if we quit.

    My conversations over the past several years revealed the spiritual habits necessary for personal and church growth and revealed the “why” behind disengagement in the church.

    The truth is, if we don’t feel passionate about something we don’t do it. If we don’t like something that happens in the church, we find another one. If the spiritual practices don’t fit our lifestyle, then we don’t do them.

    This mindset permeates our “I want it now and I want it my way” culture and is only enforced through social media, website choices, TV options and countless other platforms that have risen in prominence in our lives. This is not the way God intended the church to live.

    The local church isn’t a building – it’s a body of believers fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. When these believers approach their individual involvement and commitment in a casual manner it weakens the entire body of Christ and the impact we are called to have.

    As a result, we lose and so does the local church. God wants us to win, to thrive, to fulfill our potential in him. We will not experience the abundance he desires for us until we quit our current approach and we are all-in.

    Once you go all-in on generosity, serving, outreach, discipleship and the other biblical behaviors laid out in his word then look out, because God will rain on your life with his blessings like you have never experienced.

    Jesus felt the church was worth dying for – it should be our mission as Christians to value living for it.

    This op-ed is adapted from the book “Quit Church.”

    just saying!

  • eyeuse2badub

    A definite trend that has the clergy worried about their jobs. God needs to show up pretty soon or he'll lose all his support!

    just saying!

  • DesirousOfChange

    It's what gives the JWs their growth -- or used to do so. Everyone is/was (forced to be) "all in". Door knocking and all. (What little they do of it any more.)

  • scratchme1010

    Thanks for sharing this. There are many other sources that state that church attendance is in decline. My concern is what people are replacing church related activities with.

  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    Seems like the : 'Tell others about your imaginary friend business(preacher)' is dying down as it should, because as a more accurate understanding of our world unfolds.

    It's a dying profession, one should seek other ways of making a living, and stop being so gullible.

  • Diogenesister

    I thought he was a pimo pastor for a moment!!

    It's just an attention grabber for his New book - or am I a cynical ex-believer?!

    I do think it's interesting that the stats seem to bear out that non church-goers must be doing a lot of charity work/volunteering/giving - that it's not just the Christians any more ( or not all of them. Seems a bit like Watchtower, 20%take up the slack for everyone else) volunteering was once very much once the preserve of the religious.

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