Why haven’t some people come back to church?

Pastor Matthew Best
3 min readMar 16, 2023

Lately I’ve been pondering the question of why some people haven’t come back to church. I italicized come back in that last sentence because I think that’s the focal point that needs attention in a variety of ways.

If people aren’t coming back, we should be asking the question — why not?

There’s a few things to consider here. For one thing, church attendance and membership has been in decline for decades — people have been leaving for a long time. Have we been asking why? Have we been open to listening to the answers? Do we…

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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.