"As a pastor and leader, I watched as we lost people. Our leadership team spoke of the ones who left with solemn words and judgmental hearts. It was as though we knew why they left, and what they should have done instead.
We wrote them off. At the first sign of non-conformity, we considered these “lost ones” to be deceived. We would encourage our people to break off fellowship with the ones who left. I’ve spent the last three years of my life reaching out to the un-churched, over-churched and cult-churched.
We, as the Church, need to do a better job reaching out to our brothers and sisters whom we’ve pushed away or whom we’ve watched walk away as we whispered “good-riddance” to their backs."
( Travis Klassen)