Too many congregations are allergic to the word “change”. That one six letter word trips up congregations. Let’s try something different. How about the word “shift”? When the earth shifts because of an earthquake, we must adjust.
Life shifts. Style and methodology shift. Each new generation brings shifts. Technology shifts. Shifts often redefine basic assumptions about congregations. It does not mean that God shifted, that the drama of redemption shifted, and that the core values of congregations shifted. It simply means that shifts occurred in response to which congregations will be innovators, early adopters, late adopters or laggards.