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I read an excellent post today by Jason Helopoulos regarding good and bad reasons for leaving a church.  It is an excellent, short answer to this very common problem.  The whole article is worth reading (you can find it here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/07/23/good-reasons-for-moving-on/), but here are the bullet points:

His list of good reasons for leaving a church:

1) Providential moving.

2) Church planting.

3) Purity is lost.

4) I am a hindrance in the church.

Here is his list of possible reasons for leaving a church:

1) Spouse will attend a different church with me (read the post.)

2) Special needs.

3) Special gifts needed elsewhere.

Here is his list of bad reasons to leave a church:

1) Children’s ministry is better there.

2) Buzz.

3) The youth group is better there.

4) My church has changed.

5) New pastor.

6) “I’m not being ministered to…”

7) Music

8) Virtually anything else…

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I recently re-read John Piper’s message from the 2010 Together for the Gospel Conference.  If you have never read the sermon (or listened to it online), then it would be worth your time to check it out.  You can find it here http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/ConferenceMessages/ByConference/35/4574_Did_Jesus_Preach_the_Gospel_of_Evangelicalism/

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