“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Benjamin Franklin
In my home state people comment that if you don’t like the weather, stick around – it will change. In the tech world you’d better be on your toes as change happens fast, and if you don’t watch suddenly you are left holding your PDA trying to figure out what happened. I’m not one to have the need for every gadget out there, but I will certainly use anything that brings a better result to what I am doing.
Church leaders need to take note of what Benjamin Franklin said about change. If you don’t, you’re done. Embracing change can look different for each team. It’s the think steps or personalities that may be causing us to get stuck in resisting change. My hunch is that it is both ego and fear based too. “If we change what will people say? What if it doesn’t work? This the way we have always done things.”
No one is questioning doctrine, core beliefs or the infallible Word of God. It’s the method of how that glorious Message is being shared that must be changing to keep it fresh. And no one church has it all together. When you neglect to embrace change, it helps people to compartmentalize and think “church world” vs “my world. These worlds should never be separate! Change brings the collision of these two world for people to live out their walk daily. Our mission is to tell the Good News to a lost world. Change is good.