3 Signs Families Are About To Leave Your Church

by Frank Beeler

Some things shouldn’t surprise us like they do. We’ve heard the warnings and seen the signs, but when something or someone finally fades away, we react as if we had no clue.

In the world of family ministry, nothing seems to surprise us more than when families leave our church. Most of the time, our metaphorical mouths hang open, but should we really be shocked?

I’m learning there are a few clear indicators someone is pulling back from the ministry but oftentimes our ignorance is a conscience choice.

Here are three signs families are about to leave your church.

Changing Language

I’m not talking about using inappropriate language in the foyer of your church. There are short phrases that creep in over time that may be spoken softly but scream emergency!

“Get to” becomes “have to.” If the vision is clear and embraced, saying “have to” is only used to communicate urgency not responsibility. “Get to” communicates an appreciation of calling and opportunity.

“Us” becomes “they.” We know the church is the people not the building. “Us” communicates unity. “They” communicates division.

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Read the rest of Frank Beeler’s signs at Orange Leaders blog. Frank is the Family Pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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