I have to admit, starting over at a new church is incredibly hard. Whether you’ve simply moved cities or have experienced some kind of pain with leadership, both leave an ache in your heart.
I have worked for and in the Church for the last 10 years; I have seen it all. Fortunately and Unfortunately. The people who are ‘done’ with church but not with God, I see you. The people who are ‘done’ with God because of the church, I understand you. And the people who are trying to figure it all out still, keep fighting; it’s worth it.
Now, I don’t claim to have all the answers when it comes to this topic, but what I do know is, the church and its leaders are imperfect but God is perfect. The church is run by sinners who fall short and hurt others, but by the grace of God and God alone, He can heal the hurting and set free the sinner.
This statement is not a ‘get out of jail free card’. No way. Church leaders must be held accountable. I echo that statement into eternity.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” There is so much hope and promise in this verse. If you’ve just moved and are looking to rebuild community and find a church that checks every box, know that God is with you in your pursuit. And if you’re dealing with past wounds, the same goes for you. God is with you and He is close.
Perhaps church will look different in the days ahead, and that’s ok. Maybe around a dinner table with a select few, maybe a small temple down the road, or maybe at a soup kitchen with your small group. Whatever it may be, I want to encourage you not to shy away from community. Lean in. Stay in. Let them carry you, pray for you and refresh you.
Starting over is hard, but continuing to pursue the body and all that Jesus has to offer will always be worth it.
Wherever you may find yourself at today, I’m cheering you on every step of the way.