Change Church Homes

Changing Your Church Home

In 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, we are told that God places individuals in the local church. Their unique gift is necessary for the body to be healthy and effective. People choose a church home for the benefits they receive and the service they contribute, therefore:

  • Only leave a church because God has given you a definite release and direction. Seek confirmation from respected Christian leaders before moving.
  • Be sure you move in the timing of the Lord. (1 Cor. 12:12-27; Acts 13:1-3)
  • Never leave a church because of an offense or hurt. Go through the proper channels to try to heal and restore relationships. (Matt. 18:15-17)
  • It is never right to divide a church. If you feel there is something wrong or out of order, first pray and ask God to reveal your own heart motivations. Repent if necessary. 1 Cor. 1:10-11; 3:1-4; Titus 3:9-11)
  • Pray for the leadership. Remember that God has called you to submit to their authority, because they watch out for your soul. (Heb. 13:17)
  • Go to the leader in a spirit of humility and love and share what God has given you. (James 3:13-18; 1 Samuel 26:8-11)
  • Ask the church leadership for their blessing to send you as you transition to a new local church. (Acts 13:1-3)