Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv has an interesting series of blog posts on getting people to leave your church. It seems completely counter-intuitive, but it makes sense. If people aren’t moving your church forward, they’re dead weight (which is kind of scary–am I dead weight?). And it’s not just about helping your church, it’s also about helping those people find the church for them.
Craig gives an example where he preached on the church’s vision trying to get everybody on board. If people weren’t on board with the vision, he asked them to find another church. He even offered brochures from 10 other churches he knew and recommended. It was a serious challenge and 500 people ended up leaving. Most people would freak out at that thought. Not Craig:
The next week, we had about 500 new seats for people who could get excited about the vision. Within a short period of time, God filled those seats with passionate people. Many of those who left our church found great, biblical churches where they could worship and use their gifts.
That’s why I sometimes say, “You can grow your church by asking people to leave.”
Or for a, uh, slightly different perspective, there’s Mark Driscoll from his book Confessions of a Reformission Rev:
“The church is a body, and one of the most important parts is the colon. Like the human body, any church body without a colon is destined for sickness that leads to death.” (page 131)