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Why Are Church Leaders Always Talking About Change? (7 Reasons)
The alternative to change isn’t stability. It’s stubbornness. Besides, no one needs help to stay the same.

We worship an eternally unchanging God, as seen in a book whose newest parts are almost 2,000 years old. That’s a lot of stability.

So why does it seem like every church leader talks more about the things my church needs to change than the things that need to stay the same? Including the dozens of blog posts I’ve written about the need for change?

Do we think we need to stay cool and cutting edge or we’ll lose this generation to something even cooler? That may be why some church leaders talk about change. But it’s not the case for me (and I don’t think it is for most of us.)

The gospel isn’t cool. And trying to make it cool is a losing battle.

Keeping up with the latest fads is a fool’s errand. The gospel isn’t cool. And trying to make it cool is a losing battle.

So why all the change talk? Here are 7 reasons:

1. No One Needs Help to Stay the Same

Giving in to inertia is easy. It has a powerful gravitational pull. If we don't actively resist it, we will succumb to it.

The people who want to stay the same are probably not even reading this or other leadership blogs.

Want to stay the same? That’s easy enough to do on your own.

2. I’m Not Perfect Yet – And Neither Is the Church

If you, like me, are less than perfect, you need to change.

(And if you think you are perfect, you need more than a change, you need therapy. Or an exorcism.)

I’m blessed to serve a great church body. It’s an amazing group of passionate, worshipful, missional servants of Jesus. But we’ve never gotten any of that perfectly, yet.

What we get wrong – or even good, but less than perfect – we need to change.

3. Learning Requires Changing

I’m still growing, learning and trying to get better every single day.

The day I stop changing is the day I die. Mentally, spiritually and emotionally, if not physically.

4. The Gospel Is About Change

The central message of the Bible and our faith is resurrection, salvation, renewal, transformation and rebirth.

In other words, change.

If you can’t get on board with change, you’re missing out on what following Jesus is all about.

5. Not Changing Is Not Healthy

The alternative to change isn’t stability. It’s stubbornness. A hardening of our hearts that need to remain soft in the hands of Jesus.

Change is hard. Not changing is worse.

6. Jesus Never Changes, But I’m Not Him

When change is in the air, some people see a slippery slope – that if we change our methods, we’ll end up changing our theology. And we can rattle off a list of circumstances where that seems to be the case.

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April 03, 2017 at 11:19 AM

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