Ask Your Preacher

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“Long Distance Relationship”

Categories: THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
When members leave the church, is it required for those members to inform the church that they are leaving?

Sincerely,
Still Here

Dear Still Here,

The Bible never specifically says that people need to inform a congregation when they leave and begin attending another congregation, but it does say that the elders of the congregation have a responsibility to watch over the souls of the saints in their local church (Heb 13:17, 1 Pet 5:2).  Since the elders are accountable to God for these folks, it is useful to them if folks kindly let them know when they are moving.