So I had a little chat with God, trying to process my feelings and understand why after 7 years i feel like I am at my wits end. Seven years is along time...and we have had our ups and downs at our church....but my frustrations have always dissapated after a short while. This time....they have lasted and I am trying to understand them better.
Over the past few months our church has embarked on adopting several changes.
- Worship style and schedule
- Capital campaign for campus improvements
- Changing the pew bible in the Bridge to the TNIV bible
But when I thought about it, I realized that all those complaints and comments come from fear.
Fear of Change.
I think sometimes our theology that God is unchanging makes us enemies of change. We forget that God in His perfection looks upon a people of imperfection....and because of that imperfection, change is good and it is needed to keep drawing us closer to the beings God intended for us in creation.
So instead of being part of the "Same place, Same thing" commercial, we need to look inward and see where growth and stretching is needed. I know it's hard. Most people don't care for change. They like what they like and they are who they are.......but if we could some how help them tap into the potential of change I think we as a church wouldn't be so fearful.
So that is my prayer for the church and for me (and patience for me): that we would be open to change and take a chance on trying it out....who knows what amazing things may come of change.......maybe something as spectacular like when our nation fought for the end of slavery and won.