Change is Healthy, Change is Good…

This past Wednesday in the young adult bible study, we read Romans 12:1-2.  This is one of my favorite passages because it reminds me of what it means to worship.  It also talks about being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Paul writes, “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.   They you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

This morning, I met with my LEAD team (a group of other pastors) and we talked about how we are being transformed by the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

God has been speaking to me about being transformed.  Transformation doesn’t mean stay the same.  It means change.  Although God stays the same, I am forever changing, working on improving, all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The ministry of the church should also be changing, working on improving, all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I just finished reading “Small Church Essentials” by Karl Vaters.  In Chapter 11, Starting, Changing, or Stopping A Ministry, he writes, “Any individual congregation that wants to thrive and survive in the coming generations will need to constantly adapt to a fast-changing landscape.”  He also wrote, “Change is healthy; change is good; change is normal.  All living things change, or they die.  The church is no exception.  In fact, the good news of the gospel is a message of change — life transformation, death and resurrection, salvation, and becoming more like Jesus every day.  These are the biggest changes we can ever experience.”

If we want to be a healthy, living, thriving church, we need to change.  And we need to change a lot.  This doesn’t mean that things haven’t been done well in the past.  It doesn’t mean that nothing good has come out of the ministries we have done.  I believe God has done amazing things here at Yocumtown, and I am constantly blessed by the outpouring of love that comes from this church.

The question we should always be asking is, “Can we do it better?”  And as we ask that question, we might find the answer is “Yes!”  That is when change needs to happen.  Vaters talks about the 5 P’s of starting or stopping a ministry: Passion, Purpose, Partner, Plan and Prayer.  When all of these things come together, great things can happen.  Let’s celebrate together the changes God is doing in our church.

See you at the church!

Pastor Stef

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