It’s hard when people leave a church. It’s hard to leave. It’s hard being left.
Most who leave don’t make that decision lightly. They deal with some serious pain when they finally make the decision to go.
If you’ve been a pastor for several years, you’ve had to deal with your share of such departures. Each one hurts. It’s especially hard when those leaving are long-term members.
Even if the church is large and growing, it can be hard when people leave. But when the church is small, each loss is much more painful.