In his book, The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, Reggie McNeal writes, “A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving because they have lost faith. They are leaving the church to preserve their faith. They contend that the church no longer contributes to their spiritual development.”
--The Present Future, 4. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Andre Mooney
I wonder if this would be happening if church were a more encouraging place?
Hebrews 10:25 (NAB) We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.