I was out on a bike ride the other day, and I passed someone’s house who goes to our church.
I had that thought that I think every ministry leader has had at some point.
Hey…I don’t think I’ve seen them for a while. Has it been 3 or 4 months? (Pause).
I wonder if they left?
I even tried to help one of their family members through a crisis recently. Then I thought I wonder if I made it worse…not better.
I then found myself in that awkward space. We are a larger church (about 1500 people call us home) with two locations.
How do you drill down on that?
I realized we have people who are within this family’s natural sphere of care and so of course we’re going to check in on them and make sure they’re okay.
It also made me think about how people tend to leave churches these days.
Some leave angry and cause a fight.
Most just disappear, often without a word.
We don’t have a lot of the first kind at our church these days, but I’m sure we have some of the second.
It got me thinking…