Today I want to talk about the changeition. Yes, I know that is not a real word. This is a word I made up to describe the place where our church is.
Things always change. The only thing that doesn’t change, is the fact that things always change. I’ve been thinking about the way things have changed for Jennifer and I personally over the past year. It has been just over one year since I began talking with the transition team of South Hills Assembly about coming to Bethel Park. This year has been filled with a lot of changes. Changes for my family and for the church. Now we are coming to a point in our church that I have begun to call a time of changeition. It’s a combination of the word change and transition.
In leadership we always talk about change and how to implement change. In fact there are leadership books written that only deal with making changes. It is very obvious that I have made some changes to things as the new Lead Pastor of South Hills Assembly. Some of these changes have been simple and easily accepted. Other changes have been a little hard for some to swallow. But whether we view the changes as good or bad, change is always a challenge.
This now brings me to this time of changeition. The definition of changeition is a place when the concept of change has been expressed and understood, and the initiation and application of the change begins to take place. In other words, it’s when we begin to put action to the desired changes.
You see, when we know that change is coming, most people will begin to prepare themselves for the results of the changes. We begin to prepare for what it will be like when the changes take effect. This helps us to embrace the change. However, we often forget to prepare ourselves for the process of change. The process of change can be just as difficult to embrace as the change itself.
How can we be ok with the realization that some things need to change? How can we be ok with understanding what the change looks like? How can we handle the process of change? In other words, how do we handle changeition?
1. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. We know that God has our future in his hands. Even though we don’t know what is around the corner, God does, and he will take care of us.
2. Trust God and your leadership. The trusting God part is pretty self-explanatory. Trusting leadership can be a little more challenging. The truth is, most of the church does not know me that well. Because of this it can be hard to fully trust me. I understand this, so I am praying that in time and through the voice of God it will become easier to trust me, and the other leaders of our church. This trust is essential for quality change to take place.
3. Release your need for control. A lot of times people resist change because they feel a lack of control. There is a level of insecurity. The illusion is that you ever had control in the first place. We need to release our need for control and let God be the captain of our ship.
4. Overcome your lack of desire for change. At the end of the day, many people just don’t want things to change. We like the way things are. But just know, that if we don’t embrace positive change, we will become stale and stagnant, and we will inadvertently bring about change. It will just be bad change.
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the seven words of a dying church before or not, but here they are: “We’ve never done it that way before.” These seven words can kill us. Change is hard, but necessary. Let’s allow God to take us through the changeition, so that we can see God do amazing things in and through South Hills Assembly.