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Years ago, I joined a summer-long outreach with Campus Crusade (Cru). Each Saturday, we would mingle with countless strangers and ask them one question, “What WAS your Spiritual Journey?” Countless backgrounds and stories would pour out — each one diverse and distinct.

 

A couple of days ago, I found myself faced with the question, “What now?” As I walked through the meandering trail, I realized that our “Spiritual Journey” does not stop at our conversion, but continues through our Christian walk. I realized in that moment, “It’s OK to Leave the Church.” However, how do we leave well? How do we leave with a good attitude, good relationship and with good communication?

 

Thank Them

 

Thank the pastors and leaders from that church for their influence and support. Honor their leadership and calling. Church is like family — each one is distinct and culturally different. There’s nothing wrong with leaving a church, but make sure that your departure shows honor and love towards those who have supported you. You’re leaving people, not just a building.

 

Don’t Gossip

 

Silence can be the greatest gift that you offer someone. If you’re considering leaving the church, keep your conversations short with others. Seek counsel; not permission. Life changes. As Millennials, we’re always in a state of transition and change. However, change needs to be a personal decision, not a group therapy session. Pray. Journal. Write a Pro and Con List. Take a walk. These activities lead to answers. When weighing a decision, keep your counsel to a minimum of two people who are wise and trustworthy.

 

Keep The Door Open 

 

You’re not leaving the Christian faith; you’re transitioning to a different church. It’s OK to leave — but always leave with open communication and open doors. The pastors might not be your spiritual advisors anymore, but they are your friends, your family and your colleagues. When leaving a church, it’s important to see your previous church family as collaborators, not competition. Your Spiritual Journey is an adventure. When leaving a church, remember not to slam the door. Seek Mentors who can offer some advice and walk with you on your journey.

 

Question: What is holding you back from moving forward and “Transitioning to a Different Church?” How can you transition through different careers and churches without burning bridges?

 

 

 

 

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Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions.

When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.
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    Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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