Lay Leader Lines

March 8th, 2015 by Kali Lewis

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Q: You keep talking about changes in the church. I hate change! I’m comfortable with our church just as it is right now! Why do we have to change?
A: Think about it. Life is change. If people never changed, we would all still be in diapers and drooling on our bibs. Change is a natural part of life, and many changes we take for granted; we would be dismayed if they didn’t occur. Changing from a baby, to a child, to a teenager, and to an adult is an example of a series of changes which we expect and embrace.
The real problem is often that we don’t have total control over the changes we see around us, and we don’t know how they will turn out. We are uncomfortable with the unknown, especially when there is risk involved. Perhaps you would be more comfortable with the process if you became involved in deciding what changes to make. Not only would you have input, but you would have a better understanding of the reasons for the changes being made. That, in itself, can assist in greater comfort with the process of change.
The one thing that is pretty much a guarantee is that there is always change in life. That being the case, how about becoming involved in the process, instead of sitting on the sidelines, where, if you stay long enough, the changes will pass you by? After all, if we make a deliberate effort to not change, we will very likely change anyway—from a living church to a dead one. Are you sure that’s what you want?