“…it’s never permissible to move out and go get yourself a new family just because you’re having some problems with your spouse and children at the moment. The same thing is true regarding church membership. When (not if) problems arise in your local church, you stay put and deal with it as a mature follower of Christ.”
This is one of the points made by Pastor Josh Buice in a blog post, “When should I leave my church?” I agree with his convictions that far too often, people leave churches for personal preferences and consumeristic desires rather than for biblical reasons. In addition, my experience is that most people leave poorly in the sense they leave without saying a word or they take shots on their way out. I can count on one hand the number of people who talked to me personally when they decided to leave as opposed to those who wrote a critical letter or simply disappeared.
“In the end, there are times to leave a church and you shouldn’t feel undue guilt or shame for doing so. But, it’s highly probable that you should stay, pray, worship, work, submit, and serve within your church for the glory of Christ. You may need to stop searching for the exit sign and start serving Christ within your local church.”
The article includes a list of biblical reasons for leaving a church. It also challenges the readers about leaving for the wrong reasons. You may not agree with everything in the article. But if it causes you to rethink your commitment to your local church, it is worth the read.