Leaving the church good for some Christians?

ThinkChristian points to Barna’s new book and a recent article about Christians leaving the church and notes they’re “claiming that leaving the church is actually helping them become more dedicated followers of Christ.”

Can leaving the church actually be good for some Christians? Is this really where the church is headed? Will Christians truly grow and mature as believers–will they be effective for Christ apart from involvement in the local church? What do you think?