Someone Stole Our Church and We Had To Leave

Over the years we have seen hundreds of people leaving the church whenever a problem exists. Many become very negative towards the church and find it hard to move on. Many do not realize, but sometimes it takes a specific situation for God to get one to move.

I belonged for 28 years to a denominational church. Graduated from their college and became a member of nine different churches because of transfers. I Always took an active part and on a number of church boards. My last denominational church where our family spent seven years, a problem existed in the church that I could no longer attend there. Being on the board, things were happening that I believed should not have occurred.

We began to attend a non-denominational church that was very traditional. There was not a lot of difference between our previous denominational church and our new church. After one and a half years I was voted on to the church board. Living in Las Vegas, NV it seemed everyone was concerned about the sin that occurred in the city. The board prayed weekly for three years that God would give us a vision on how we might win the unchurched to Jesus Christ. We visited a number of large churches to ask what they did differently to reach out to the un-saved.

We believe God gave us the commission to spread the gospel to the Las Vegas area and beyond. In order to do so, we had to change our music and the sermons were more geared to those who were not Christians. We began by promoting that it was okay to not be okay, just come as you are and let Christ change you. This was hard for some members to accept.

Many traditional members believed the board stole the church from them. They began to leave by the dozens. Many left with very negative attitudes toward the church. Having been one who felt the church was no longer what we traditionals thought it should be I know how one feels. However, after time and seeing the results of growing from a Sunday attendance of 270 to now reaching on special occasions 70,000 I learned that this was where God wanted me to be. He knew what it would take to get me to move.

God tells us to have a forgiving heart. Most do not realize that in many cases God needed you somewhere else. Those who have left our church, because of disagreements, went to different churches in town and even started new churches in the Las Vegas area. Those traditional churches really needed these people and they too have grown exponentially. Scripture says that God has a plan for every one of us. Only He knows what it will take for you to make a change.

If that has happened to you did you leave with a bad attitude? Do you realize God just meant for you to be somewhere else where you can serve Him better?

After 29 years working for a company, a situation occurred at work that caused me to quit. I started a business and it has been the best thing that could have happened. I have been in my business for 29 years also and work with my son and daughter. I no longer have to worry about 450 employees and have recently sold my business to my son. Officially, I am now a consultant for the business. I thank God that He loved me enough to allow a situation to occur that let me become a business owner. So I suggest to everyone who feels someone stole their church from them, that they understand, that “someone” may have been God. He wanted you to serve Him elsewhere. I write this from personal experience. I hope it will help you to understand that you may be blaming the wrong people. Would your attitude change and be more positive if you believed it was God that allowed what happened?

Isaiah 55:8 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” (NIV)
2 John 5 – “I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.” (NLT)

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  1. JOHNNY JOHNSON

     /  August 29, 2016

    Your thoughts are very kind, insightful, and sensitive. As Christians, our main vocation is exercising our gifts in support of His church. (We have other jobs to pay expenses.) The Holy Spirit gives us these gifts and also where and when we are to use these gifts.

    Quite frankly, I don’t like the way a lot of things are done at Central. Any influence that I have is ignored and yet I keep serving cheerfully with my gifts and giving financially.

    It’s not about me. I’ve served the Lord for over forty years and can feed myself. As long as I can have a place to use my gifts, I’m not concerned about the music or the programs. I’m just concerned about the people that walk through those doors for the first time.

    If things were done my way, we’d have 200 members and almost no visitors.

    Thank you for your timely words.
    Johnny Johnson

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  2. Anita Martinez

     /  August 30, 2016

    Totally agreed

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