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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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Perhaps the proposal at the end of “Why Are People Leaving Church? Pt. 4” seems irresponsible for someone in leadership in the church.

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As I was completing this series of posts, on John Pavlovitz’s understanding of why people are leaving church,  I received an email containing a statement from Lisa Kimball who writes:

I have come to believe that the greatest threat to Christianity in America in the 21st century is not atheism, pluralism, politicization, Nones, Dones, or even sex abuse scandals and hypocrisy, although they are devastating. The greatest existential threat to Christianity is superficiality…

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In an open letter to the church posted May 2019 John Pavlovitz re-visits the question “Why Are People Leaving Church?”

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The remaining three reasons John Pavlovitz gave in 2015 for the exodus from church are challenging and important. Below, with my comments are the three final reasons Pavlovitz believes people are leaving church (again please read his version @ https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/244545-dear-church-heres-people-really-leaving.html)

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John Pavlovitz is the author of a provocative and popular blog called, “Stuff That Needs To Be Said.”

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Fretting about church finances makes it hard not to hear the echo of the voice of Jesus echoing in my head.

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It never occurred to me starting out in this church business that a day might come when the community in which I serve might struggle financially to make ends meet.

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The problem with priesthood is that there are times when the awareness of Presence that is essential to fulfilling the role of priest, is simply mysteriously missing, leaving barely a whisper or a trace.

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Those of us who find a place in church, have no position from which to critique anyone for whom church is not a useful formulation.

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