Is ‘change’ a bad word in your church?

Leith Anderson, senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in his book Dying For Change writes, “Change is an unavoidable part of life.  Each church member is changing while the church is changing while the society is changing.  Change is not the choice.  How we handle it is.”

For better or for worse, American people and society are changing.  Our community is changing.  Yes, we can value the past, and we must cherish our heritage; but we cannot hope that tomorrow will be yesterday.

As our society and people’s view of life changes, we as the church must adapt and change our methods also.  Our God does not change.  His truth does not change.  Humankind’s need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change; but our methods for getting that Gospel to them may need to change.

Change for the sake of change is not good, but change for the sake of accomplishing our purpose is essential.  What is our purpose?  What is our mission?  If the purpose or mission of Jesus Christ while on earth was “to seek and to save those who are lost,” then how can the purpose of the church be any different?  The primary purpose of the church must be to constantly point all people of all ages to Jesus through the ministry of the Word and obedient service.

How is the church going to better fulfill that purpose 2012?  That’s up to YOU, the people that make up the body of believers who gather as committed families in various churches everywhere.  I feel that the first step must be change in our own hearts.  As we grow to understand who God is and His love for us more, we will love Him more.  As we obey His commands and allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives, we will be more like Jesus in our character and actions.  As we allow ourselves to be broken before God, and grace-giving followers of Jesus, we will see others as Christ sees them.  We will then reach out in ministry to others and be the witness He has called us to be to everyone within our circle of influence as well as anywhere He leads us.

Let’s not shun or fear change.  We MUST continue to change in order to fulfill the mission Jesus has given.  May we embrace the attitude of “whatever it takes” to reach everyone within our changing culture with the only hope – the unchanging gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Stacy Bruce-Jean on May 25, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Dear Ken and Diane,

    I do not expect for you two to remember me, however I remember you both, and your father, as he was the man who baptized me at Calvary Baptist Church in Anaheim in 1973 and Ken, you were the one that led me to Christ and these two things I can and will not ever forget. I went on youth trips with you two, once to Big Bear, and if I remember correctly Diane, this one particular trip you broke your back? That has been a long time ago. I was so excited to be able to type in Ken Ramey in Google and when this website came up I just sat here crying! You two have never left my thoughts. I remember going to ya’lls house for bible study. I won’t take up too much of your time here, but I would love to hear from you and catch up on your family. I now am married with two grown sons of my own and living in Louisiana.

    Sincerely,

    Stacy Jean

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