In your journey of faith, you must recognize that your spiritual needs evolve as you grow. Just as a child outgrows a feeding bottle, there may come a time when we outgrow our current church. It’s not about abandoning our roots or dismissing the significance of fellowship, but rather understanding that our spiritual hunger requires substance beyond the familiar. We yearn for a deeper connection with God and a community that nurtures our growth. You need to explore the importance of finding a church that aligns with your spiritual maturity.
Attending church is more than just showing up or maintaining social connections. The church you attend defines you to a large extent. When you realize that the spiritual leadership you submit to is probably the most important decision you have to make, you will sit up and think about your church membership. Your church should be a sacred space where you encounter God, expand your understanding, and receive spiritual nourishment. While our church family is important in our lives, we must not accept a stagnant experience that hinders our spiritual growth. It is possible to outgrow a church, just as it is possible to outgrow certain relationships.
The same Bible that said, “like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation” (1 Peter 2:2 ESV), also said, “for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14 ESV). We can infer here that we ought to outgrow spiritual milk and should seek more. Don’t be a big fish in your church’s small pond. There is room for more growth.