Are you trying to lead people out of the church?

John Dehlin Blog, Q&A, Writings

My original motivation for creating Mormon Stories was to help people stay within the church after a crisis of faith.  In addition, I have personally initiated several projects with the same goal, including StayLDS.com, MormonMatters.org, and AThoughtfulFaith.org — and I continue to support these projects.  I have been told by literally thousands of people over the years that these projects have been instrumental in helping them stay active members of the church.  In several Mormon Stories episodes I have also consistently interviewed people with the explicit intent of helping people stay in the church.  Over the years, however, I have learned that for many people, remaining in the church is no longer a possibility.  Consequently, I have found the need to be supportive of individual decisions regarding church activity — and to focus on individual and familial health, happiness, and well-being (regardless of church membership status).