Why Do Church Members Leave in 2020?

On the other hand, what makes them leave? Believe it or not, it’s not politics or music. The majority of devoted church members (48%) only leave if they have to move to a new home. However, 19% leave when the preaching style changes, so it’s important to take changes slowly to avoid pushing your members away. Other reasons church members leave, according to LifeWay, include:

  • Pastor leaves (12%)
  • Politics (9%)
  • Music changes (5%)
  • Conflicts (4%)

16 Responses to Why Do Church Members Leave in 2020?

  1. Daniel J Hesse April 10, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

    They have a clearer view point?

    • Troy Day April 10, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

      Some Christians who may not have a church they like nearby or had a bad experience at a previous church haven’t given up on their faith. Instead, the Pew Research study found that 37% of Americans who rarely or never attend church, practice their faith in other ways. This shows that having a presence online could be beneficial to reaching those Christians.

  2. Troy Day April 10, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

    what makes them leave? Believe it or not, it’s not politics or music. The majority of devoted church members (48%) only leave if they have to move to a new home. However, 19% leave when the preaching style changes, so it’s important to take changes slowly to avoid pushing your members away. Other reasons church members leave, according to LifeWay, include:

    Pastor leaves (12%)
    Politics (9%)
    Music changes (5%)
    Conflicts (4%)

  3. Steve Vocque April 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm #

    In my case it the treatment from another member and the pastors blind eye a few years ago he said if u don’t like it here then go some where else a lot of us did I’m the only one that came back and once again it was the blind eye

  4. George Hartwell April 10, 2020 at 10:51 pm #

    Depends why they are there and if that need is being met. I expect most need to be involved in a small group or house group to make the connections that will keep them in church.

  5. Troy Day April 11, 2020 at 7:52 am #

    why? Doyle Rogers Poppy Thompson

  6. Brett Haas May 31, 2020 at 2:19 am #

    Because 2 Timothy 3:5 is true!

    ” Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”

    • Troy Day May 31, 2020 at 4:13 am #

      Daniel J Hesse If you reopen your buildings for worship services and people show up, will they like the experience and want to come back?
      I think this is going to be a stretch…especially for people you are trying to reach. I’m imagining this scenario:

      First you need to go make a reservation on our website. When you arrive on our campus, you’ll need to be escorted to your seat. We’ll need to get your contact information to track you down in case someone is here with the virus. You’ll need to wear this mask. You have to sit six feet apart from everyone else in this big room which will be about 20 percent full. Your kids will need to sit with you through this entire service that is designed for adults because we can’t open our kids environments at this point. When the service is over, please leave promptly and return to your cars while avoiding contact with other people.

      It sounds delightful.

      Again, I have to ask, is this the wisest use of your resources (time, leadership, volunteers, money, energy, etc.) during this season? Or, would the Kingdom return on investment be better if you focused on your digital ministry strategy and the long-term shifts you’ll need to make to effectively carry out your mission and vision once this crisis is behind us.

    • Daniel J Hesse May 31, 2020 at 6:03 am #

      Troy Day this crisis will change the landscape of the church and the nation, if not the world. Church of 2500, only had less than 400 last Sunday for 3 services. The small group ministry will play a large role. Discipleship and its place has come to the fore.

  7. Troy Day May 31, 2020 at 4:51 am #

    they just gone – vanish

  8. RichardAnna Boyce June 5, 2020 at 10:12 pm #

    change name of church to Black lives matter to Jesus, and see how many new seekers turn up 🙂

  9. Troy Day June 6, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

    most of them leave for free grace RichardAnna Boyce Joe Absher

    • RichardAnna Boyce June 6, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

      many are leaving denominational Pentecostal churches and starting or joining Pentecostal Free Grace fellowships 🙂

  10. Troy Day June 6, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    its ONE way to look at it CW Sellers Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

    • Michael Ellis Carter Jr. June 6, 2020 at 6:46 pm #

      Troy Day most of my friends and I are not opening our churches up at this point. We are making progress online and despite the religious folks who don’t like it the gospel is still going forth

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