“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”[1]

With the coming of iPhone X, could you have imagined that a cell phone would cost $1000.00? Will I be an early adapter and rush out to get one? Probably not… I still am using my iPhone 4 and it serves as a good phone and text device.

We have had a family plan with our service provider for several years. When renewal times came up, there has always been another family member who needed to have a new phone because their old one was damaged or lost. We are now down to my wife and I on the plan, so when the renewal period comes next year I will finally be able to upgrade.

While the old iPhone 4 keeps serving me well, I am discovering that it is not a suitable platform for some of the apps I have wanted during my work travels. In fact, each year my phone becomes a little more redundant. I know that I will need to change…

There is a cost to change and if it makes sense to us, we will pay the price for something better.  Change comes with a price tag, and sometimes the cost of not changing costs you more in the long run.

Our congregation is undergoing a facilitated process known as ‘Regenerate[2]. It is sponsored by our church’s district office and is an encouragement to consider how God may want to change us at the local church level.

In our context the word regenerate means radical change toward health and growth. While we have enjoyed both health and growth as a congregation, we have a deep sense that God can do so much more in and through us. On that note, we volunteered to be in a beta-test assessment process.

There are many churches that have resisted making healthy change and the real estate signs give evidence of the safe way they chose to die.


[1] C. Joybell C. quoted in Heather White, Tips To Enhance The Leader Within: Everyone Is A Leader, Lulu Press, Inc., Chapter 8