If you plan of leaving your church, you must make sure that you leave on good terms. This is necessary if you wish to get all the proper documentation to present to your new church. In most cases, you will be required to submit a letter to the church formally announcing your departure. A letter to leave church is needed because most congregations do not have written regulations that govern members leaving. The letter should be courteous and state clearly that you want to disassociate from the church. This is necessary for the leadership of the congregation to issue you a letter of transfer or a certificate of standing.
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(Name of Church leader)
(Name of Church)
(Address of Church)
Dear (Last name of leader with honorary)
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to you today to inform you of my departure from your congregation. (Give a short reason for leaving) I will be moving to California with my family because I have accepted a new job in the state.
(State the positive experiences int he church) I have grown a lot spiritually during my 10 years with the church. Your leadership and sermons have always inspired me and helped me be better person. I have made very good friends at the church and will miss them all. (Last date of attendance) will be my last day as a member and It will be a very sad day for me.
I would appreciate it if you could recommend any churches in my new location that are similar to your church. I would appreciate your help in that matter and a letter from you confirming my attendance at your church would be appreciated.
Thanks and much Love,
(Pastor/Father full name)
(Your complete name)
I have decided to conclude my relationship with (Name of old church) church and will be moving to (Name of new Church)church in downtown. I will not be attending any more sermons with the congregation starting from (Last day at church).
I have had a lot of positive experiences over the (number of years at church) I have spent as a part of your flock. I have felt great accomplishment in the many humanitarian and Christian activities I have taken part in with the church. However, I have been sourly disappointed with the direction the church and its leaders are taking for the last few months. I do not think that I can be part of a church that is rejecting the teaching of the bible by (Clearly state the reason for leaving).
I would like you to issue me a letter that states my membership at the church to date so that I can send it to the leaders at my newly chosen church.