Here is an article by George Bullard reflecting on research done by the Barna group about the 100 million or so self-identified Christians who have opted out of church. A large portion of them blame church conflict and the pain they received while being part of a local church. Perhaps we as leaders need to return to Paul's letters to the Corinthians and read them as though they were meant for us.
Also, we continuously have compromised our values. We have spoken values (what we say is important) and lived values (what we act like is important). Of course our lived values speak so loudly and so much more clearly, that our spoken values are drowned out.
What can your church (and my church) do to re-build bridges with believers to help them get back on the road to discipleship?
Consumed by the Call,
The Barna Group - Millions of Unchurched Adults Are Christians Hurt by Churches But Can Be Healed of the Pain - George Bullard's Posterous