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#29 A Few Great Reasons to Leave Your Church

Have you ever left your church for another church? Over 30+ years I’ve seen a lot of people come and go and then I’ve seen some of them come back again!

In this episode of Now is the Time I give you 7 great reasons to leave your church and 4 bad reasons to leave your church!

I also answer a listener question on fasting.


Listener question

Don asked: I don’t completely understand the purpose of fasting. When to fast, how to fast, for how long to fast given a particular situation, etc.

Check out this post I wrote about fasting: “What’s the Deal with Fasting?”

7 Great reasons to leave your church

  1. If they don’t teach the truth. Rom 16:17-18
  2. If they don’t practice the truth. 2 Tim 3:5, 2 John 1:9-10
  3. If the church is marked by complacency and idleness. 2 Thes 3:6
  4. If they refuse to obey clear instructions from God’s Word. 2 Thes 3:14
  5. If the leadership is characterized by divisive behavior. Tit 3:10
  6. If your church sends you to serve somewhere else.
  7. If you move out of the area.

4 Bad reasons to leave your church

  1. If you don’t like the music style.
  2. If you have a conflict with another member.
  3. Because another church has better programs.
  4. Because you think you can worship better on your own.


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Question: What are some other good or bad reasons for leaving your church?

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • I’m thinking “because of the pastor/preacher.” Reckon that can be both bad and good?

    • Bill, I referred to the “church leadership” which certainly would include the pastor/teacher. What were you thinking of specifically concerning the pastor?

      • I was thinking more of “i don’t like his personality” or “his preaching style” or “that he won’t bow down to me.” ‘Course with the latter I would hope (as the pastor) the would leave. 🙂

  • Thanks Caleb 🙂 This thought has been on my mind for a while, esp this week – why people leave or stay – and it’s great to read this now. Thanks.

    • Ngina, I hope the podcast is helpful for you. These issues can be difficult because there is often a lot of emotion attached to them.

  • Hi Caleb, thanks for this post. Some very important points. Could you clarify what you meant by “If your church sends you to serve somewhere else.” as a good reason to leave?

    • Joseph sorry I missed this comment of yours. What I meant by that reason for leaving is that missionaries who are sent long term from their local church effectively leave their home church and that’s a good reason to leave!

  • Dan Erickson

    What about your feelings about the pastor? I don;t think I’d leave for that reason, but some might. If they think he’s too boring, too liberal, too conservative, etc.

  • I think you covered it pretty well. I know when my family and I have left a church it was only because we heard God tell us to. It was hard to leave, we didn’t want to, but we trusted God more than voice of man.

    Sadly I’ve known far too many who have used some of your bad excuses to leave, but God can use even that to bring Him glory and mature His children.