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The Problem with Church-Hopping

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4 issues with always looking for a church.

I grew up as a pastor’s kid. I am now on the road to becoming a pastor myself, working as the Worship and Creative Director at my church. Through this time, I’ve come into contact with a certain type of people.

I’m here to save you from their fate—the fate of the Church Hoppers.

These people are usually nice, but there’s something in them that won’t let them stay anywhere too long, and every few years they decide that something is wrong with their current church and they leave to go elsewhere.

Now, I will allow that some churches need leaving, and there are legitimate reasons for finding a new a church at times. But, I want to address the main complaints I’ve heard and why those complaints shouldn’t be good enough.

Here are four problems with church hopping:

1. It puts the focus on what we feel like we should be doing in the church.

The complaint: “I’m know I’m called to ____ and I don’t feel like I can do that here ...

Proverbs 26:12 will shed some light on this one: “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

Sometimes we have the wrong idea about our calling, and despite our greatest hopes, God has slotted us for something else that appears to be boring or less glamorous than what we think we should be doing. But that’s why God gives us friends and leaders.

If you’re having trouble finding your ministry sweet spot, first admit to your friends and leaders that perhaps you’ve had the wrong idea about yourself when it comes to ministry roles, and then ask for their opinion about what you should be doing. God gave us friends as a means to seeing ourselves objectively, so utilize that gift from Him before worrying about your own.

Trust the perspective and feedback of the people God has put into your life before making a decision as big as leaving your church.


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