Have not read other replies yet, so as not to color my answers.
Also, am answering from a place of "currently a sporadic-trying-to-be-faithful church attender" with long periods of "stopped being involved" at more than one time in my past; will answer based on those times, I hope that's okay. Since you included is this/was this temporary, I took it to mean you would welcome thoughts from those who've BTDT but not currently doing it.
I am curious about the experiences of those who have stepped away from church but not away from God.
What events caused you to stop being involved with a local church?
How long have you be out of church?
How has this changed/affected your life, your relationship with God, and your friendship with others?
Do you do anything to try to meet or be with other believers?
Is this (or was it) a temporary situation for you or do you imagine that you will someday return to a church?
I apologize if this might seem limiting to add, but I am not looking for a response from those who are faithfully attending a church and are eager to back up the Biblical reasons to stay plugged into a church setting. I know those reasons/thoughts/feelings. I have heard them my entire life. My dad is a pastor.
ETA: I am mainly just curious about other's experiences. We have been having our own struggles lately, yes, but we have come to no conclusions.
What events stopped me/us being involved?
First time, having a preemie. He was a borderline micro-preemie, it was cold/flu season, and then he was in nearly weekly therapies. And then he was a BUSY BUSY BUSY toddler. And then we'd just been out of church for so long, it was weird and hard to go back. And then it morphed right into the second time, which was because we moved to Brazil and couldn't find church in English, didn't have enough Portuguese at the start to try church, and then when we did, it was still so mentally exhausting to expend a full hour focusing hard on such topics in a non-native language.
How long were you out of church?
The first time was periods of 6 to 12 months, interspersed with periods of attending for a month or three, back & forth from the time youngest was born to the time we moved to Brazil 2.5 years later.
The second (Brazil) lasted more or less all of our time in Brazil, with a period of maybe 3 to 6 months attendance sprinkled here and there, but mostly not. We were in Brazil for a little over 6 years.
Mixed into both of the above topics is also the fact that DH & I "grew up" Baptist, switched to a "Methodist" (but really a church following that really popular seeker friendly movement, I forget the name of it, from the mid/late 90s...) church, and then when we moved the first time we had NO IDEA what denomination we identified with anymore. We didn't want to be Baptist anymore, for sure. We didn't fit actual Methodist beliefs either. We kind of felt non-denominational, but nothing in our new town fit that. We landed, in that town, on a church we thought fit, and we loved the people there, and needed that, desperately, but when it became harder to attend.....it was easy to stop.
In Brazil, aside from no English options, we didn't even recognize the few Protestant options available, so again...easy to just not.
We had very much reached a point, and it only deepened, where we identified as Christians......but not so much with any brand of church-goers. Even now, that's still how we'd identify. We attend, with semi-regularity sometimes, but specifically have not joined as members.
How has this changed our life/relationship with God/friendship with others?
We're in a pretty "Bible Belt" part of the country, so it's definitely odd at times. Our kids attend a Christian based home school enrichment thing, and we skip over some of the content in the texts used, and find ourselves more liberal than some in the group. We attend church often enough we know some people, but sporadically enough that others assume we're guests when they see us....and I can tell that a lot of folks wonder if we're still coming to church, are things okay, why have we stopped attending.....our long period of not attending in a way deepened our relationships (individually) with God, peeled away any legalism that might have been remaining, but definitely is a hard thing for our church-going friends to understand.
Neither dh nor I really feels, these days, that church attendance and corporate worship is a necessary ingredient to following Christ, although I'll admit we also haven't been as proactive with teaching the kids as we maybe should have been.
Our pastor, thankfully, seems to get us and never harasses us about going weeks (months sometimes) without coming, and never bats an eye when we show up again. He seems to understand, and is a rare one who does, that God can be a priority in my life even if church is not.
Do we do anything to try and meet with other believers?
Well, we sometimes attend church. I sometimes attend a ladies' Bible Study. We have friends who are believers and hang out with them. We don't go out of our way, though, to make any of those things happen, and during the times we were completely out of church, we definitely didn't. We did in those days spend more time as a family reading the Bible, and the adults/older teens in the family all have some form of personal time with God, on some level. Not daily or anything, nothing rigid, but basically we've distilled Christianity down to a personal relationship with God.....and each of us personally maintains that in whatever way makes sense.
Where we lived in Brazil, it would have been hard to find other believers (at least among the ex-pats; our good friends were Jewish, and the next set of friends were unbelievers of some variety, but not sure what, we never discussed it), so we just relied on our family unit to be our "gathering together" time. It was enough, and it's a lot of why we just haven't, even in 4 years, been able to fully commit to the idea of "be there every Sunday, or else" attendance.
Is this temporary?
Well, since we're sporadic attenders now, I guess that's yes. I don't think we will ever return to "you better be there" mentality we had when we first got together, dh & I. I still don't 100% think either of us identifies with any one particular denomination, and don't think we ever will; going through such a long period of not being in a church....not having a church to be a part of even if we'd wanted to....really stripped us of all the conventions, traditions, and identifying markers of any denomination over the other, and we found on the other side we prefer that.
We like the church we attend now, but it's one of those denominations that is independent, not all governed by a larger body, so it's not certain we could move to a different church of this same brand and find the same contentment there. If anything happened that made us stop attending this current church, I'm not sure if we'd go back to looking or just go back to "home church" as it were. We're very much in a place where God is a priority.....church is not, so much. I don't see that side of things changing.