Pastor of 30 Years Lists 9 Things Pastors Should Do When Members Decide to Leave Their Church


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A pastor who has served the same nondenominational church for 30 years has owned up to big mistakes he made when people told him they were leaving his church, and listed nine things leaders can do when someone informs them of such a decision.

Mark Altrogge, a non-vocational pastor who has served Saving Grace Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania, for three decades, shared in a post on The Blazing Center Tuesday that one of his worst failures years ago was when he tried to convince a construction worker to take a job at McDonald’s and stay at his church, rather than move his family to Houston where there were better job opportunities.

“How stupid was that?” Altrogge asked himself, noting that the man moved to Texas anyway.

A year later he met with him again and asked for “forgiveness for my arrogance,” but soon realized he has made numerous mistakes in his responses to similar situations.

The pastor said his experience has taught him a number of important lessons about how pastors should react to people leaving their church.

On top of his list was asking to meet with and listen to people who say they are leaving because they have been offended.

“Why are we so slow to do this? People have left our church because they were…

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