I have been puzzling about this for years and recently began communicating with the leadership of our congregation. Please have someone help me understand how a congregation should deal with the membership rolls when members clearly have communicated their desire to disaffiliate.
In my experience, the only official communication about loss of membership is if someone transfers to another CRC congregation. Other denominations do not handle church membership in the same way.
This has been troubling me recently because there has been membership loss for our community that has not been acknowledged or communicated. Perhaps there is a good reason for this but currently it feels like a reluctance to acknowledge a sad reality.
Can anyone explain?
Barbara Steen, Holland Michigan