I’ve been thinking about 'Change' as the 'Casting the Net' project goes live this month. This represents quite a change in the way we do Church. We are getting out into the community and connecting with new people - rather than waiting for people to come through the doors. As I have been out and about this week I have been on the receiving end of peoples' views on the EU Referendum. That is big 'Change' and a lot of people are either happy, or not happy about the result.
I’ve been reading - Why Growth is Harder In a Small Church – And Change Is Essential by Karl Vaters. He suggests that; Change is inevitable. Everyone who comes into your life changes your life. The fewer people you know, the greater impact each person has. And the longer you’ve known your current friends, the harder it is for new friends to find where they fit.
In the same way, everyone who comes into a church changes that church. The smaller the church, the greater impact each person has. The longer the church has been around, the harder it is for new people to know where they fit. Our churches are small churches - and they have been around for a long, long time.
Everyone who comes into our churches will change them a little. Expect that. Welcome them and the change they bring. The stark alternative is this: when we are gone, someone will have to be brought in to make the building safe and close it. All because change was such a difficult thing to accept... What do you think?