As a pastor, when someone leaves your church, it hurts.
It doesn’t matter if it is because they moved away, stopped believing in the vision, helped to start a new church across town or just simply decided they were done with church. They all hurt. Some more than others.
In the history of Revolution Church, whenever someone has left, God has always shown himself faithful and allowed our church not to skip a beat. In fact, each time a volunteer or staff member has left, our church was stronger after they left and by God’s grace, we could take the next step.
I was in a funk the other day.
Pastors know this feeling.
You start to think about the past year, people who have left, people you were pouring into and you start feeling sorry for yourself.
It is natural.
It is also sin.
In that moment of reminiscing the Spirit very clearly impressed upon me, “Josh, when people leave your church, sometimes it is for your and the church’s protection.”
Here’s what I mean.
Soon before we planted Revolution, one of our core leaders just up and quit our launch team. That hurt and made no sense. Within one year he and his wife divorced. That would have been horrible as a new church plant to walk through.
We had another influential person who left and then within 6 months said he didn’t believe in God or want to follow him anymore.
My point is, when people leave, sometimes it is for their good, your good and the good of the church because it is God protecting you.