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How can I know if it's time for me to change churches? The one I've been going to for the last few years doesn't have any community service projects that I can get involved in, which is something I'd really like to do now that I'm retired.


I’m grateful you want to help others in your community; far too many people assume their usefulness is over once they retire. But it doesn’t need to be that way; some of God’s choicest servants made their greatest impact later in life. Moses (for example) was 80 when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

I don’t know whether or not you should seek another church home — but God does, and I urge you to pray about this decision and seek His will. As you consider this, however, I hope you’ll keep two things in mind. First, no church is perfect. Some people seem to spend their lives looking for one that is — but they never find it, because it doesn’t exist this side of heaven!

Second, don’t overlook the good points in your present church. Is the Bible honored as God’s Word, and is it preached and taught? Does your church provide other opportunities for your spiritual growth? In other words, don’t focus only on the church’s shortcomings, but also on its strengths. And are you taking advantage of them?

In addition, don’t overlook the possibility that God may want to use you to start a community service project of some type in your present church. It not only could fulfill your desires, but also help others to put their faith into action. The Bible says, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right” (James 2:8).

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  1. JoAnna says:

    Our church is very much a teaching church. That’s great but they never encourage people to use their gifts. Pride is destroying our church. People need to hear more about God’s grace and the lifting up of Jesus. I believe when leaders are humble and express the grace of the Lord, then people might follow their example.

  2. Mrs Timothy says:

    I believe I’m spiritually gifted. I can’t seem to find a church that’s suitable for my spiritual gift. Please help. Pastors accept me at first but as soon as they realize about it, they start oppressing me.

  3. Kay Hemphill says:

    thank you for these resources. So wonderful to have resources that remain true to the Gospel and doesn’t change to conform or attract or pacify.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Some churches are pollitically correct that they backslide to not “offend”. Other churches really keep the faith.

  5. Roland says:

    If you try to inspire your church but they wont respond because they are steeped in traditionalism, what would you suggest I do. Stay and spiritually die with them or move to a church that believes in the bible being preached.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I had a serious problem with my church – we needed a teacher for specific age and could find no one. I was distraught and upset. Then the Lord showed me it was ME that should fulfil that position. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

  7. Andre says:

    I agree with Dr Graham regarding looking for the perfect church.When you look at Jesus,then you will see perfection.Perfection of individuals by the Holy Spirit is the work of a lifetime.The only way to make the church perfect is through Jesus.