Any church leader who’s been in ministry for more than a few months has heard different variations of it:
I’m looking for a church that meets my needs.The longer a Christian has been in church, the more likely it is that they’ve uttered a phrase or two like this from time to time.
What are you going to do to better meet my needs?
I’m leaving this church to find one that better suits my needs.
I’m not against changing churches. I think everyone has one or maybe two church changes in them. Leaders change. The effectiveness of churches can vary in different seasons. And occasionally a church is downright toxic. I get that.
One or two church changes (when living in the same community) is understandable. And it’s completely different from serial church shopping, which for reasons I outline in this post, is a colossally bad phenomenon.
The problem is deeper, though, than changing churches (as big a decision as that is). It’s about the purpose of the quest. Should the criteria of a church meeting your needs be the reason you change churches? Well, what if the church was never intended to meet your needs? What if the furthest thing from God’s mind when he created the church was to meet your needs?
Here are 5 reasons why I believe trying to find a church that meets your needs is futile. Read More