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Recently we reported that more than one in five adults no longer affiliates with a religion. One of the things that struck me in the story was something the pastor for a local church of Christ said. He said it was a shame churches can't do exit interviews to find out why people left. I think it would be simple enough for churches to follow up with missing members - not to push them into returning, but to genuinely seek out what lead to their departure. While very few would expect churches to change their central focus, I don't believe that is why people are leaving. Too many times petty personal issues or a lack of a feeling of being connected to the church is why people stay home. As the general manager of WAFF I feel the obligation to reach out and get feedback on how we are doing from the people we serve. I wonder if church leaders feel the same obligation. If not, they should - I bet if they did, they would see more people in the pews on Sunday.
I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's My Take what's yours?