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Change and The Church

By New Churches Team

It is no surprise that the world is changing at an increasing rate. Try “dabbing” in front of your 10-year old-child, and they will quickly let you know that no one actually “dabs” anymore. You will most likely also embarrass them.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, most of us do not enjoy being seen as “outdated” or “not relevant.” When it comes to church planting or ministry, being seen as irrelevant can be a cause for concern. However, does staying relevant always mean there is a need or requirement to keep changing things? Are there times when change isn’t helpful?

Change Is Necessary, But …

Change within ministry is necessary. You cannot expect to keep everything the same for years and continue to grow. We know it is really difficult to let things go that were once very successful. However, it is to the detriment of the church, and of the congregation, to try to keep everything the same. As Todd Adkins would say, “Change is necessary. You either change and grow or you die.”

However, along those lines, there are certain aspects about your church that should not frequently change. For example, your mission, values, purpose, and vision should not continually be re-vamped or re-worked.

How Do I Know What I Should and Shouldn’t Change?

It is important to understand what should not change and never change. For example, like already mentioned, your mission, values, purpose, and vision should not (continually) change. Staying true to the Word of God and preaching and teaching Biblical truth from the pulpit is something that should never change.

While determining what should and shouldn’t change, this is a great opportunity to invite your team into the conversation. Discuss with them about what should remain the same and what should change on a monthly, quarterly, yearly, or longer basis. Remind each other that we do not need to worry about what everyone else is doing. We are just called to serve and to be relevant to those who we are reaching.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 360: The Mentality Around Change. Click here to subscribe and listen to more church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.



New Churches Team

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