Grace Covenant Church | SermonAudio.com
members, click to sign in..

5,138 active users!!Bandwidth
JUL 23, 2014
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
Local Church Finder
Webcast LIVE NOW!
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -46 sec
Top Sermons
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
Online Bible
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

More + Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
HTML Embed | Demo
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Single Sermon | Info
To embed a single sermon,
use the "Email & Share" button.
Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: gccma
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
Grace Covenant Church
Silas Schreyack  |  Methuen, Massachusetts
Email Us!Our Website
Our Blog
Filter By

How to bring about Change in the Local Church.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
Posted by: Grace Covenant Church | more..
Years ago we had to change the location of our worship service. As we moved our equipment out of the old location some of the younger ladies were in tears. As a young pastor I did not know what to say. And yet I also felt their lost and pain.

Change can be hard on a local church. Even if you know a particular change is the best thing for everyone in your church, change can be difficult. Now this is one of the reasons why change is so hard on a local church. In our culture change seems to get faster and faster. And our minds and emotions have trouble keeping up with these changes.

It’s like driving in Boston while the tunnel was being built. Every week they changed the traffic patterns. Just when you got use to the new traffic patterns they changed the patterns again. And this went on for several years. It was frustrating.

But if there is one place we expect what I call “the stability of the same” it is in the local church. We expect relationships to remain the same. And we expect the programs of the church to remain the same. But let’s not fool ourselves. Relationships do change. People die, move away, or even go to other churches. And programs become ineffective and die.

If you are a pastor or church leader you know it can be hard to bring about needed changes in the local church. On the one hand, if we do not bring about change, our ministry may become unproductive. But one the other hand, if we force change we run the risk of hurting the people we love and even losing their support.

But when handled correctly change can bring a blessing to a church or organization. Let me share with you four questions you can raise when you think changes are needed in your local church or organization.

1. Is this change really needed? I had a seminary classmate who often made this statement. “Don’t trouble, trouble.” In other words, don’t change something unless it really needs to change. If something is working then leave it alone.

2. Do I have a Biblical mandate to bring about change? As leaders in the church of Jesus Christ we need to do God’s work in God’s way. We don’t want to follow the latest fad of our day. We do not want change something for the sake of change. We don't want to change something based upon my personal desires.

3. Is my leadership team supportive of the change? If the leaders are not with me in bring about change then something is wrong. Perhaps I have not explained myself correctly. Perhaps my timing is wrong. Perhaps I simply need to give up the idea. I never make a major change without the support of my leaders.

4. Are there others I need to get on board to help bring about change? If there is a need to change something about the worship service then maybe I need to consult with the musicians. My rule of thumb is to consult with everyone who will be directly affected by the change. And that may mean having a congregational meeting.

5. What are the steps needed to bring about change? I need to map out with the leaders the steps we will take to bring about change. This requires prayerful consideration.

I now know what I would say to those young ladies as the men carried out our equipment to the new worship location. I would be more open about my emotions. “Yes, this change is hard for me. Like you I have grown attached to this building.” But I would also affirm them. “God has something better for us. Thank you for your faithfulness."

It may not be easy to deal with change in the local church. But it can be done in a way that glorifies God and helps His people grow in grace. And that’s the bottom line for everything we do in the church. We want to glorify God and help God’s people grow in grace.
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry

Why Church Membership Matters
Collingswood, NJ
Dean Burgon Society

Play! | More

Mark Pannell
Godly Repentance

The Righteousness of God
Sunday Service
Eager Avenue Grace Church
Play! | MP4 | RSS

E. A. Johnston
Underground Church In America

Ambassadors For Christ Intl-US
Special Meeting
Play! | MP3

Paul Hayden
Leprosy Cured, Sin Forgiven

Hope Chapel Redhill
Sunday - AM
Play! | MP3

Paul Washer: "Most Useful Bible Study"

See what Paul Washer calls the most useful Bible study tool in hist­ory. Click here!

Sermon: Strange Fire of Pope Francis!
Robert Rubino

O Lord, help us to hear the serpents rattle before we feel its fangs. ... T. DeWitt Talmage

City: Austin, TX
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
iPhone + iPad New!
Church App New!
Android New!
Church App New!
Kindle + Nook New!
Windows Mobile, Nokia
Chromecast TV New!
Pebble Smartwatch New!
Kindle Reader

Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices New!
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription Service
HIFI Option
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domains
QR Codes
24x7 Radio Stream
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
Logos | e-Sword

Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
Copyright © 2014 SermonAudio.com.