So we have made the decision to change churches.
On the whole this not something we do a great deal. I take the concept of being a member of church very seriously and try not to change for the sake of boredom or not liking the particular flavor of the sermon for the month.
Over our married lives, we have been members of the Lutheran church (two, both left due to relocation), nondenominational churches (two, one left to a split and one left due to relocation) and our current church, another Lutheran one. As you may note, I prefer church doctrine.
But we have reached the point that I cannot - in all good conscience - continue on with or current path.
What finally pushed us over the top? Like most things, a combination: on the one hand, coming from a church where sermons were well reasoned and scripturally based to one where they had much more of a surface feel - a "homily" if you will, something I have never been very fond of. I like well thought out, challenging sermons, not five points with a couple of catch phrases.
The other thing? The bane of all churches, the building program.
Suffice it to simply say this: for a period of time - months - the point of all of the sermons became the expansion program, how this needed to happen and how this was planning for the future of the church. Sermon after sermon. Nothing about the gospel. Nothing about challenging us about our walk in Christ. Only about the program.
And suddenly, I was done.
If you want to say that this was God leading us to this, I do not know that I can disagree with you: this is the church that The Ravishing Mrs. TB works at which was originally an occasional child care job which turned into a part-time bookkeeper job which turned into us attending church there on a semi-frequent basis to this, where a great deal of the Pastoral Staff knows my name because of my wife and the two older Clann have steady childcare jobs and babysit outside of the church as well.
It is not something that I choose to do lightly. But it is something which matters a great deal. And if it matters a great deal - and the ultimate intent is that God be glorified by it - then it is something that needs to happen.
I value excellence in all parts of my life. My church membership should be no less.