Contemplating a move to a different church?
Generally, I discourage moving (see my prior post). After all, a local body of believers represents a spiritual family for Christians.
The phrase used in Ephesians is “members of God’s household,” then, “built together to become a dwelling in which God lives” (2:19,22).
Ergo: Don’t leave lightly.
Still, there might be special circumstances in which a voluntary move is prudent. I’d like to comment on one:
DNA Mismatch: When the church’s DNA doesn’t match mine, a move could be in order. I’m talking about the church’s central ethos, its long-term philosophy of ministry, not the latest stylistic or leadership changes.
The issue might even be a major theological point, such as the atonement or doctrine of scripture.
Before leaving, however, I’d check my facts: Have I verified the supposed misguided direction of church leaders over an extended period of time, finding out the true rationale behind their decisions?
Have I talked with them directly?
Interpreted them in the most generous light possible?
Or, have I jumped to conclusions based on gossip, side comments, and “patterns” that I’ve pieced together in my own mind?
I’ve found that when I persistently think ill of leaders to the point where they can’t do anything right and everything they say and do merely confirms my suspicions or prior-held conclusions, the real problem may not lie with them.
Still, DNA is DNA. If it’s not a match, maybe — just maybe . . .