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Don’t like Change?

Posted on June 22, 2013 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Volunteering | 0 comments

A common challenge being faced by ministries is issues related to change. Change scares people. We like our comfortable world and the fear of the unknown is more powerful than the potential for greater success in the future. I know, it sounds strange, but its more common than those that embrace change. Ministries must be prepared for change, as the world continues to change around them.

Throughout time the ability to change has been the determining factor for those that succeed over the long run, and those that fail. Change doesn’t mean we give up who we are, but it means that we want to stay current with the times and relate to those we seek to serve. I get amused at people that tell me that they don’t use a computer or cell phone. They don’t engage via Facebook, Twitter, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, but to not engage, means that you are missing a part of the story. No, you don’t have to become a social media guru, but it is at least helpful to understand technology so that you can relate to those that do embrace it.

I know, some of you may be saying, I don’t want to give up my life to my phone, computer, etc. That’s really not the point. The point is that the world is changing and in order to make a positive impact with the skills that God has given, you must understand how the world has changed. The day you become complacent and say all is perfect, you just quit living. It really comes down to a choice, live or quit.

There are so many smart people out there that have become comfortable in their own skin. They like what they do and yet when you push them to get better, their immediate response is to throw their arms up and quit. Huh? Is that what God wants you to do? He gave you great skills and the time to quit learning and getting better is the day you stop breathing. Any other excuse is just that, an excuse. Stop making excuses, get over your “comfort zone” and let’s get better. If you can’t do this, get out of the way!

Change is crucial and essential for anyone to succeed at life. Embrace the change, help determine its course. The idea of quitting is a cop out, get over yourself and let’s get back to serving our God and making an impact on those we seek to serve. It comes down to either being the problem, or helping to solve the issues that we face. The choice is yours, are you going to embrace it, or sit on the sideline?