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I have moved to a different Church. Should I tell the pastor of my previous church that I have left?


Thank you for your question relating to Church and telling your former pastor about moving to a different community of Christians. 

If I were your former Pastor, I would really appreciate your informing me of your new decision. You could perhaps write a letter or send an email if you feel uncomfortable meeting up in person, or perhaps ask your new Church leader to speak with them. As heartbreaking as telling them may be, please do also think how simply slipping away silently may also cause hurt.

In the Western world we have such a rich choice of Church to attend, that if we were willing to travel, we could probably attend a different Church every week which we may enjoy different aspects of each community.

A well known preacher said "if you find the perfect Church, do not join it, because you will ruin it". The truth is there is no perfect Church on earth because it is made up of imperfect people who need God's grace to become more like Christ.

I want to challenge your view of Church. It should not necessarily be a place where we get the most out of it for ourselves. It should be a place where we can love God, and his people, worship God, grow to know Him more, celebrate communion and baptism, meet under qualified leadership, hear from the Bible, pray together and serve one another as we also serve the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are estimated to be around 10,000 to 20,000 different Christian denominations in the world. In my little hometown of just 8,000 people there are 6 different Christian Churches. Each has their unique style of leadership, worship, preaching, traditions, buildings etc. Each needs people to be committed to them to thrive and serve one another and the community. Membership is important to know who is part of which Church, who the leaders are responsible for and who you can help serve etc.

There is not enough room in this short reply to detail the importance of the local Church. I want to encourage you that if you do move, to end well with your former Church, and make sure you know you are doing it for the right reasons. Perhaps look back at your time there and think how you could have spoken with the leaders about the issues you faced and tried to address them instead of run away from them, so that the same thing does not happen in your new Church. If everyone just kept moving about all the time the individual Churches would be in a hard place.

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