It’s Not Always You: Why People Leave Your Church and How to Keep Them

ChurchLeaders | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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People are thinking about leaving your church.

In fact, according to one study, 15 percent of church members have thought about leaving their church in the past six months.

Losses - Surface

These losses might not sound huge on the surface.

But take a moment to consider what would happen if you lost 15 percent of your members.


Would you need to stop a ministry?

Would you need to reduce your church’s budget?

Staff - Decrease - Salaries

Would you need to cut staff or decrease salaries?

Losing 15 percent of your members is a big deal.

Reasons - People - Church - Range

The reasons people will leave your church range from good, bad and ugly.

There are times you’ll lose people due to life or church transitions.

Others - Times - People - Difference - Opinion

There are others times when people will leave over a difference of opinion.

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Times - People - Church - People - Losses

But there are times when you’ll lose people because your church didn’t do well at keeping people connected—and these losses hurt because you know you could have done something different.

To help make your church “sticky,” I’d love to share with you the best practices in keeping people connected to your church.


In this post, I’m going to cover:

Get out your pen and paper, and let’s get to work!

Change - Church

You will experience change in your church.

Over the years, you can expect your church to go through seasons of growth, times of decline or stagnation, and transitions.

People - Church - People - Church - Years

Before digging into why people choose to leave a church, it’s essential to know that some people will leave your church over the years for unsurprising reasons.

Said another way, when life in your church or the life of your church members goes through a change, expect to lose people.

Reasons - People

Here are five unsurprising reasons why you’ll lose people:

Let’s take a look at these reasons.

Point - Members - Church - Change

At some point, the members of your church will experience significant change.

When your church members undergo transition, oftentimes, these life changes will lead them to find a new...
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