I would rather be part of a different assembly farther away. What should I do?

How will I know God’s will in a choice between staying in the assembly where I am or moving to another assembly miles away whose people and activities are more appealing to me?

When Paul illustrates the unity of the assembly in its functions, he uses a human body (1 Corinthians 12:14-26). His statement that "God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him" (v 18) therefore indicates that God’s pleasure and wisdom are evident both in the placement of various functions in the human body and in placing various believers in an assembly. We are placed in an assembly, "according as He willed" (v 18, YLT). Therefore, the general conclusion is that a believer is in God’s will to remain in the assembly where He is.

An assembly’s wilful departure from God’s Word (not merely a difference of opinion) may (?) indicate God’s will to move to the fellowship of a different assembly. God may use circumstances such as employment to move a believer to another location and another assembly. Relocation causing a believer to leave assembly association is not God’s will.

But, making a move to another assembly based on one’s own preferences (its people and/or activities are more appealing) is like manufacturing your own light to guide your steps. Of such a choice, God states, "This shall ye have of Mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow" (Isaiah 50:11). In addition, it is wise not to become enamored by the "green grass" of a distant assembly. Each assembly has its own difficulties. Devote yourself to fostering in your own assembly the features you admire in a distant assembly.

David Oliver