WHAT TO SAY WEDNESDAY – WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES THE CHURCH

 Question: What do you say when someone asks you why so and so left the church?

This can be a tough one because most of the time (as pastor’s wife) you know. You’ve probably discussed it with your husband and discussed it again and discussed it again.

Sometimes it’s an OK reason and you can simply tell the person asking, “Oh, they moved to Walla Walla.”  Or, “Didn’t you hear? Joe’s been hired as music director over at First Community.”

Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy.

This is a case where I often said, “I know, but I can’t (or don’t want to) talk about it” and then I closed the subject.

And gave my best IPWS (innocent pastor’s wife smile).

2 thoughts on “WHAT TO SAY WEDNESDAY – WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES THE CHURCH”

  1. Another very difficult thing can be running into people who have left your church. In some cases, it’s not too bad–after all, our church is not for everyone! God sometimes moves people on for everyone’s benefit. But sometimes, if the leaving was acrimonious, it can be stressful.

  2. Allison,
    That’s a good point and one I’ll address in the future. That is a very difficult situation.

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