To proclaim the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "true truth," and to disciple and encourage people to grow in faith and participate in influencing their culture.
Within churches looking for new pastors are leaders
who fear change because it represents insecurity to them. They don’t know what
type of relationship they will have with the new pastor and they certainly
don’t want to lose their influence and position of authority in the
congregation. Fear is an emotion that causes people to hide from or avoid their
problems. It is a core issue in human beings that has plagued man since Adam
hid from God. In answer to the Lord’s question, “Where are you?” Adam replied
by saying that he became afraid at the sound of God because he was naked and so
hid himself (Gen. 3:9-10) Fear causes us to retreat and circumvent issues that
should be dealt with. And mausoleum (i.e. dead or dying) churches certainly
have many issues confronting them; but they must “wake up” from their deadness
and refusal to change!
transitional pastor, I have had elders warn me not to make any changes because
change would be viewed as condescending to the prior pastor whom they loved dearly.
This was not the prior pastor’s view; only those who devoted themselves to his
vision and ministry style. Just tweaking an order of service was tampering with
the ‘holy grail.’ The retired pastor didn’t mind his replacement changing
things; so why should the elders feel so insecure? They were weak leaders who
did not prepare themselves or their congregation for change. They were content
living in a mausoleum and thought the sheep felt the same way.
change is a definite symptom of weak and failed leadership. What makes matters
worse is leadership being possessive of a church that really belongs to Christ!
“It’s been this way for a long time and we like it this way. We want no changes
to our church.” Such attitudes keep the church encrypted; and the only new
comers that stay after one visit are other dead people who are comfortable
hanging around a cemetery.
Change is good
For many leaders,
change is frightening because it represents the unknown – something they can’t
control. Whenever there is conflict in a church and a pastor has resigned or been
forced to leave, change in vision and ministry direction is inevitable. There
is no avoiding it! Change also represents the loss of something dear to us
whether it is our job, a loved one, our health, our traditions, our pastor, our
comfort, or our stability.
beginning in the Garden of Eden to the culmination of Scripture in Revelation
God has ordained change. Why then do we fight against it, demanding our own
wills, and desiring the status quo? Change is what the Lord uses to grow us
spiritually, to help us understand him more fully, and to prepare us for the
final and perfect change when at the last trumpet, the dead will be raised and
transformed into the imperishable (1 Cor. 15:52-53). Since change is part of
God’s decretive will, it must be good.
and transition in a church may be forced change, but is to be seen as occurring
within God’s providence. And if God is at work in us willing and working his
good pleasure (Phil. 2:13), which is always for our best, then change must also
be good for God’s people (Ps. 73:1). Understanding this assures us that all
things will work together for good for those who love God and are called
according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28), even the bad things that may have
happened because of church conflict. Leaders therefore are admonished “to wake
up” to the fact that change is good because it comes from God.
Proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "truetruth,"andtodiscipleandencouragepeopletogrowinfaithandparticipateininfluencingtheirculture.