No matter where you go, it seems like everyone nowadays is afraid of people leaving their church. Some more than others.
Instead of concentrating all of our efforts on closing the back door in our churches … maybe we should focus on opening the front.
When we refrain from teaching our members how and when to (properly) leave, we often endanger them (and our churches) of becoming lakes. Instead of rivers.
I Ran a Wikipedia search the other day on the difference between a lake and a river. Here’s what I found:
A river is a body of water that runs continuously.
A lake (on the other hand) is a body of water that lies still.
A river (I also discovered) is where water is spent.
While a lake is where water is stored.
And lastly, a river (for the most part) is naturally composed.
But a lake is (more often than not) typically man-made.
Here’s a question to consider: Do we want our churches to be known as naturally composed or man-made?
*Sidenote: Do you know what a lake can become if enough sediment builds up inside of it?
An excerpt of 83 Things I Wish The Black Church Would Stop Doing by Milan Ford.