So the last blog was about the political mud pit around change in the small church. (Go back and read it for the juicy scenarios.)
What’s at the core?
Change is hard. If you strip away the layers of emotion around yesterday’s scenarios, I’d bet you’d get to the heart of the matter. There’s a reason the phrase is called “fear of change.” That’s it in a nut shell: people are afraid. They’re afraid that the church they knew and loved all their lives won’t be the same church when they need it most – leaving this life into the unknown of eternity. Change threatens our comfort, our security. When I’ve encountered the politics along these lines, it has served me well to remember where the other person might be coming from, especially if they’re older. It gives me an increased sensitivity to their stance and makes it easier for me to back down from any molehills I may be trying to make into mountains.
THE THIRD POLITICAL STRUGGLE? – “Inward vs Outward”
The conversation that can really bug me: (From church members) “We’re doing all this youth and children’s ministry. Why don’t their parents come and help out around here? And while we’re on the subject, what about young families? We have GOT to do something that gets the young families in here. Its the only way our church will grow again…and our finances.”
How do you deal with the political struggles of getting church members to understand that ministry isn’t what it was in the denominational hey-days of the middle and latter 1900’s?