When It’s Time to Leave Your Church

Even this week, I’ve had people (including some of my students at Southeastern Seminary) ask me the question, “How do you know when it’s time to leave your church?” Pastors have asked the question, as have laypersons.

A few years ago, I dealt with this issue on this website – so I’m simply taking readers back to those posts. The first two posts are directed more to pastors, and the latter are directed more to laypersons. I hope these posts are still helpful to you:

8 Signs It May be Time to Leave Your Church

8 More Signs It May be Time to Leave Your Church

11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church

9 Better Reasons to Leave a Church

Help other readers – what other thoughts about this topic would you bring to this discussion?


  • John says:

    Hey Chuck, Just started reading your posts a few weeks ago. I rarely make a comment but I sense a need to respond to this one. I have been in the ministry 44 years and am currently pasturing my third churches. In all those years the only reason I accepted a church’s call or resigned was the Lord’s leading and this reason only. Yes, I had applied many of the principles you suggested, but in the end, it came down to one motivation: what does the Lord want me to do: go or not go. If a person can narrow their decision to that one element, there will be few if any regrets and you will be able to weather the difficult experiences knowing that you are in God’s will. There were many times when the fact that I knew that what I was doing was God will, kept me going especially during my seminary years.
    Well, hope this is helpful. Enjoy your articles.

    IJN, John

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.