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Leaving your church

Reblogging an old post about “leaving your church.” Let me know what you think!

Jeffrey E. Miller

Picture14Maybe you should leave your church.

How do you know if it’s time to move on? How do you know if yours is a good reason to leave?

I get these questions a lot.

Let’s begin with the obvious:

There are a host of bad reasons to leave your church.

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Practicing ministry without a license

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Photo Credit: Creative Commons – szin

Practice ministry without a license.

If you’re around me long, you’ll hear something along those lines.

It is my heartbeat, and the heartbeat of the church where I serve.

God has given certain leaders to the church (Ephesians 4:11). Their job is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).

Did you catch that? Those who work in vocational ministry are not called to do all of the ministry themselves, but to train others to do the ministry with them. Continue reading


Church: the holy huddle

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Image by Roger Price

Football season is here!

Lots of huddling going on.

But Sundays aren’t just for football huddles; holy huddles are also taking place among churches around the world.

I’ve often heard the term “holy huddle” applied to the church as an insult by enlightened, progressive Christians. They seem to think that evangelism is God’s highest priority (it is not) and that gathering together as believers is a waste of time (it is not). Continue reading


Ministry = high highs and low lows

incredible-hulkThere are few surprises in ministry if you appreciate the effects of sin on image-bearers.

Ministry is a never-ending emotional roller coaster, made up of high highs and low lows.

It’s back-to-back counseling sessions. One to counsel a doting couple about to get married, followed by one with a volatile couple’s last ditch effort before they file for divorce. Continue reading


Church vs. Parachurch

878087606_aMEqi-X3[1]Think of Campus Crusade, hospital chaplaincy, seminaries, prison ministries, private Christian schools, Bible societies.

These ministries are classified as parachurch (“alongside the church”): Christian ministries that are NOT churches.

You might say I’m a convert. When I first began to follow Christ, I quickly fell in love with parachurches and found little purpose for the local church. Today I support both.

I’m a huge fan of parachurch organizations. Continue reading


Leaving your church

Picture14Maybe you should leave your church.

How do you know if it’s time to move on? How do you know if yours is a good reason to leave?

I get these questions a lot.

Let’s begin with the obvious:

There are a host of bad reasons to leave your church. Continue reading