Changing Churches is based on one couple’s journey to find a church home. Finding a church is not easy and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Leaving a church for another should not be rushed into either. There are right and wrong reasons to leave, according to Dottie Parish, author of “Changing Churches: A View to a Pew”, including false teachers/teachings, neglecting important doctrinal issues and God calling you to ministry at another church.
Parish and her husband were not church hoppers. They expected to find a church home where they could serve and grow. In the process, they left two churches that they thought would be their church home forever. Both times they had to battle hurt feelings, broken relationships and spiritual struggles. Through their experience, Parish learned valuable lessons she believed God wanted her to share with others dealing with the issue of changing churches. She explains her position well and shows that you can leave a church gracefully even though you may lose friends in the meantime.
She also helps those left behind deal with friends who leave. She gives advice about how to search for a new church and find one that fits God’s plan for you. Parish’s book helped me define some of the issues I’ve had and showed me how to deal with them. If you are a pastor or staff member, Changing Churches will help you understand why people are leaving your church.
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