What is it about change that makes people so crazy? It seems that change in today’s world is a taboo type of occurrence. It is not only in the world but sometimes I feel it is more intrusive in the church than any place else. If I look back at the past six months I would say some significant changes have occurred but also some opposition. Gangel says that, “Phrases such as ‘We’ve never done it that way before,’ ‘It will never work here,’ or ‘We’ve tried it that way and it didn’t work’ characterize almost every organization, and such thinking throws up roadblocks to the process of change.”(Gangel, Kenneth O. Team Leadership in Christian Ministry)Roadblocks are hard to get through but through Christ we can defeat anything that is holding HIM back from accomplishing a certain change in the church.
Change is tough but let’s look at the change that is needed in churches today. Part of the change is looking at the demographics of the area and concentrate on what we feel God wanting us to do in this area. I had the opportunity to attend an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). There were several representatives from schools and colleges at the meeting. The few things that really stood out in my mind were:
- Teen pregnancy was on the rise
- Suicide was on the rise in youth to young adults
- Drug abuse (mainly prescription and methamphetamines) were on the rise
- School dropout rates were increasing.
- Teen bullying is on the rise.
- Lastly, 85% of the teens and young adults (15-25) do not attend church regularly or just do not go at all.
This was a hard thing to take but it let me realize that churches had some REAL work ahead of them.
The first thing we need to do is pray. Christ said in Matthew 21:13 “My house shall be a house of prayer…” Pray that we are leading and doing things as Christ wants us to do but also pray that we take some bold, faith filled moves to reach these generations. Westland has a call on the church and that is to make disciples of Christ and do it with passion and heart. You see Jesus was an agent of change and was seeking to change this world and our lives. We have to get our minds on Christ and concentrate on the mission that we were all called to do in Matthew 28 (Great Commission). When we look to the face of God and ask His direction on anything, He will respond with the right response and at the right time. I know that change is still not easy but it is sure needed.
“Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe ‘even if there is no God.’ But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way.” (Francis Chan, “Crazy Love”) Wouldn’t we rather be known as a change agent here in the church? Let’s do something great together and do it with passion.