Stay connected to God and others after leaving. Until you find a new, healthier church where you can grow more, be sure to keep up your spiritual disciplines (like prayer and Bible reading), meet with other believers regularly, and keep serving and giving (perhaps through charities or other organizations in your community). Remember that you’re still part of the universal church even when you’re in between local congregations.

Adapted from Life After Church: God's Call to Disillusioned Christians, copyright 2007 by Brian Sanders. Published by Likewise (a division of InterVarsity Press), Downers Grove, Ill., www.ivpress.com
Brian Sanders founded and directs Tampa Underground (
www.tampaunderground.com), a missional network of microchurches in urban Tampa, Fl. He has served as a teaching pastor at a local church and has helped to launch more than 15 home churches.