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5 Reasons People Have Stopped Attending Your Church (Especially Millennials)

2. God is missing in the church.

People go to church looking for God but are having difficulty finding him.

This one hurts, but in an age where perception is reality, you can’t ignore this criticism.

The paucity of personal experience with God is disturbing. It would be easy to point at rock-show churches and blame them (I lead one, after all), but the truth is that people in all kinds of experiences from liturgical to charismatic have left the church in search of God.

Although some would disagree with me here, I’m not sure leaving the church for an individualized, personal or even home-based experience of church helps people any better.

Although our consumer culture certainly applauds individually tailored experiences, what if the real paucity is that we have even lost a sense of what true maturity and the experience of God is?

So, how do we address this?

Seeking a new definition of spiritual maturity (also blogged about that here) is a great place to start. Andy Stanley also outlines the five ways people grow spiritual. I taught through the same 5 principles recently here.

A clearer understanding of Christian maturity and experience could go a long way in better helping people connect with God.

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Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.