People leave church for the stupidest reasons. Nearly three-quarters of people left U.K. churches because of a “disagreement on a range of issues, from the way the organ is played to the content of the sermon.” It’s the little things like the choir robes or the building design or the flowers that cause silly arguments and people end up leaving.
I’m sure it’s a cumulative effect and it has more to do with our inability to solve conflict than anything, but it’s still sad.
And if silly things like that cause our own people to leave, what’s going to make visitors want to stay?
Update: I knew this story sounded familiar, and today I placed it: The Baptist Press recently covered the book Why Churches Die: Diagnosing Lethal Poisons in the Body of Christ. The book basically comes to the same sad conclusion: people leave church for stupid reasons. Only in this book it’s not just people leaving, it’s churches dying.