Or, to be more accurate, I soon will be.
It is a phenomenon reported by pollster George Barna, observed by many of us and experienced by some – feeling dissatisfied with church. Not just complaining that something isn’t perfectly the way we like it, or disliking the people, but feeling deeply alienated from the church system and knowing deep down that Jesus never meant it to be like this.
The question is, what to do about it? Tell yourself everyone else can’t be wrong so it must be you, and just grin and bear it? Quit church altogether? Join another church (often only to find it’s different, but still the same)? Give all your energies to making change? Or start a new church?
A new book
Jeremy Myers, who blogs at Till He Comes, has experienced a lot of this. And so he has gathered together the stories authored by 36 different christians, under the headings of Leaving Church, Switching Church and Reforming Church. Jeremy has edited the whole book and it is now due to be published on December 1 by Civitas Press.
And I am one of the authors!
I have always wanted to be a writer, but I have always been insufficiently motivated, and unsure if I had enough style or enough to say. But my story of my encounters with a number of different churches, and what I have learned, is included in this book. I am quietly thrilled.
It’s there to be read
I’ll review it later when I’ve read it. But if you’ve felt frustration with the church, or if you’re happy with church but want to understand and support those who are not, you might find something worthwhile here. You can order it online for $US15.99.