In seeking to gain a full and balanced picture of any religious community it is often worth considering why people leave, resign or are disfellowshipped as well as why they join. This is because organisations by their nature will often present an aspect intended to convert potential new converts. Those who are committed will tend to keep any doubts about shortcomings to themselves or downplay their importance.
The reasons people leave are varied. Some cease to believe in God or decide that despite believing they would prefer to not follow him. Here are some other primary objections:
There are also some very difficult practical issues which leads to people leaving such as:
Over time the need to try to recognise that such problems do occur within the Christadelphian community and aren’t easily handled by individual congregations has led to the formation of Care Groups which in the main have tended to move away from the stated position of the community that all the answers lie in scripture. Many have embraced recognised worldly psychological perspectives and in fact proclaim the need for professional worldly qualifications. This movement in emphasis has been recognised by some traditional elements of the community, but the reality of these problems has led to the acceptance of the need for Care Groups in the main. There has been less recognition that some problems in fact may be caused BY some spiritual deficiencies that the historical approach has - in particular the strong exclusivity, denial of the need for God’s Spirit and the extreme intellectualism of the community. In my experience there is also a big problem with depression, which in some cases may be connected to non attendance.
Links to personal testimonies can be found in the category Former Christadelphians in the links section.
Some information on the related topic of why young Christadelphians are increasingly not committing can also be found in the article on the Process of Conversion.