I don’t think I have ever met a single person who enjoys change. Change is never fun. It is so much more comfortable to sit back and relax in the way we have always done things.
We have no choice but to change. If we don’t change, we don’t grow. For it is only through a change in circumstances that we can grow (James 1:2-4).
Now there are some who argue that we as people should change, but the church should not. I strongly disagree. Read the book of Acts.
The church continually changed in the book of Acts. Acts 1:12-14. There were 120 people. Acts 2:41. Then 3,120 people. Acts 4:4. Then 5,000 more. Acts 4:32-37. Then there were financial changes in the church. Acts 6. Volunteer ministry now. Acts 8:1;4. The first multisite church. Acts 29. The change continues. I believe the church is a living organism and should continue to change. The message always stays the same, but the methodology changes.
We often get so used to doing church one way that we fall in love with that one process or style. That cannot happen; we must be in love with Jesus, not the process. It will be hard. Ideas that we once thought were brilliant, and worked for a time, will have to be killed.
Stuff I post on this blog will become irrelevant and old. Programs at your church will begin to dry up and go stale. Your favorite style of shoe will fade away.
Change stinks. But it brings new life. It brings fresh blood flow. Without change, death is certain.
“If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted.” – Sir Francis Bacon
Change must be employed if we desire excellence. If you want the same results you have always gotten, by all means go ahead and sit back and kick your feet up. But if you want extraordinary results, change is a must.
Without change, death is certain.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!…” (Isaiah 43:18-19b, NIV)
Change or die!