Your choice of church significantly shapes your life’s trajectory. Success hinges on three vital factors: your spiritual growth, the quality of leadership available to you, and the circle you surround yourself with. All three are influenced by your approach to church membership. The age-old adage can be rephrased as “show me your pastor, and I’ll reveal your possibilities.” So, first and foremost, stop thinking that you’re better off without a church or that you want to develop your own private relationship with God. This is simply a form of arrogance and deception.
If your current church is stifling your spiritual growth and preventing you from growing deeper in your relationship with God, it may be time to prayerfully consider leaving. God wants us to flourish, be challenged, and grow in our faith. We should look for a church that expands our minds, nurtures our souls, and fosters spiritual development. A place that challenges you to become your best self by redefining what’s possible for you. As it is written, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24 ESV).
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore other congregations or communities that can help you flourish in your spiritual journey. Remember, the goal is not to abandon God or abandon sound biblical principles. However, it is important to find a place where you can fully experience the richness of God’s presence and uncover the depths of your faith. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about your church experience. May we find the courage to seek out the right church to propel us forward in our faith and allow us to flourish as we continue to grow in our relationship with God and others.