Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my thoughts about some of the things I learned the hard way. This is #8 of 10 and one that I see lots of young ministers completely unaware of: Change is sometimes good and sometimes NOT so good.
When you first start at a new ministry work the tendency will be to get in there and make some changes. Many of those are needed, but let me warn you, fast and quick change can really throw some folks off … literally… off the ship and you might find out that you really needed some of those people on board. If you come in and try to change everything in one huge overhaul you’re apt to alienate, hurt feelings, and start your ministry with a bad taste. I think the old adage, “Eat the elephant one bite at a time” is appropriate advice here.
Over the past few years I’ve talked with a couple Kid Min leaders who share that sometimes they change just for the sake of change.
I’m not sure I completely follow that line of reasoning. Now I realize that sometimes if we’re not careful we can get stale and in a rut… but sometimes that simply means we need to step back and reassess, not redo. I recognize the need for fresh and relevant but I would challenge us all to be careful to not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” simply because the bathwater has gotten cold.
There are some things that might need to be addressed immediately. Safety and security issues may need to be dealt with in a quick and swift manner. However, other changes might need to be made after careful assessment and consideration and a maybe even put out there for folks to consider and dealt with in the future after you’ve gained respect, buy-in, and followship.
Remember: Change is sometimes good… and sometimes NOT so good.