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Why People are NOT Leaving Your Church

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A Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

The Internet is full of articles about why people are leaving church—or never attending church in the first place. Some are called “nones” and recently many people are using the term “dones” for those who are finished with church—at least for now.

A great deal of focus is on the generation known as Millennials. This fits the pattern that every few years church leaders, prognosticators, and the parents of young adults express the concern that the current generation of young adults are not as active in church as others think they ought to be.

My response—perhaps contribution—to this dialogue is that I wonder why people are NOT leaving church. Why do people stay in their church even when that church gives evidence it is not serving them well and proactively helping them connect with the Triune God?

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Top Ten Healthy, Positive Reasons People are NOT Leaving Your Church

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By George Bullard

Surely you have heard the organizational management idea that you want to get the wrong people off of the bus and the right people on the bus. Well, this is an article on why the right people stay on the bus.

It is a follow-up to the overview article entitled Why People Are NOT Leaving Your Church.

Panic for pastors, staff persons, and key lay leaders is when you hear that a highly dedicated and positive family is moving out of town and thus leaving your church. If they are tithers, the panic runs deeper. But this is nothing compared to the same family leaving the church because they are angry or dissatisfied and joining a nearby church.

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Top Ten Unhealthy Negative Reasons People Are NOT Leaving Your Church

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A Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

Who in your church do you wish would leave? Yes, I know, that is not a Christ-like attitude. But it is true. Everyone has someone they wish would leave. The church would be a better church without them.

There is probably a rule 57 or so about this by Jethro Gibbs from the television program NCIS. “The people you wish would leave are not leaving. They stay for unhealthy negative reasons.”

This article is a follow-up to the overview article entitled Why People Are NOT Leaving Your Church and a second article entitled Top Ten Healthy, Positive Reasons People Are NOT Leaving Your Church.

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We’ve Only Just Begun to Deal with Our Prejudice

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A Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

In the United States some people are prejudiced against African-Americans. Some against Anglo-Americans. Some against Hispanic-Americans. Some against Asian-Americans. Some against Native-Americans.

Some people are prejudiced against immigrants, whether legal or illegal. They fail to acknowledge that most all of us have immigrant roots and our heritage is from somewhere else. Yet our ancestors were generally welcomed when they came to America.

Some people are prejudiced against Jews. Some against Catholics. Some against Protestants. Some against Muslims. Others do not organize their prejudice around the names of various faiths. They are prejudiced against liberals, or fundamentalists, or moderates, or progressives, or those who are passionate about sharing their faith — whatever their faith may be.

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How a Mountain Hike is Like a Congregation’s Transformation Journey

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By George Bullard

How is taking a mountain hike like a congregation’s transformation journey? Not much unless . . .

Before you read too far let me admit this article took shape during a mountain hike with my family was in North Carolina over a holiday weekend. Here are some of the thoughts that emerged during the hike.

First, the journey is longer than you were told at the beginning. At the start, even people with a map and who have taken this hike before misjudge the time it will take and the distance it covers.

In like manner, the congregational transformation journey often takes longer than first predicted, and covers more distance than projected. This is a surprise and can lead some people wanting to turn back.

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