Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
Change is inevitable. We can fight it, we can rebel against it, we can pretend it doesn’t exist. We can hide from it, we can curse it, we can cry out to God against it. But in God’s church, among God’s people, there will always be change…because this revolution Jesus called “my church” is in fact a living, breathing organism. And where there is life, there is necessarily growth…and where there is growth, there is [gulp!] CHANGE. Mark it down. It is an eternal truth.
Yet despite all of the scripture devoted to this truth and even in the face of thousands of years of evidence of it in the human experience, managing change among God’s people (i.e., in the church) remains one of the toughest leadership challenges around. I have never met a pastor who did not consider the ushering in of change to be one of his most difficult leadership tasks…ever. But if you were to come to the conclusion that God’s people just do not like change, I believe you would be …
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
I am pretty excited about a new series of posts I am starting for the Summer. I do not yet know how long the series will be, so no commitments along those lines, but I have a feeling the well of material for this series runs pretty deep. I will be writing about things I have learned about the church…from my Dad.
Some of you know my Dad. He blogs over at www.kencoffee.com. He recently marked the end of his 60th year in vocational ministry (read about that here). He has pastored and served on various church staffs over the course of that 60 years, but probably made his deepest and widest mark on the kingdom (so far, anyway) as a denominational leader/worker. Growing up in his shadow, it still seems to me that, no matter how many people know about me and my ministry, I will still be known by most of them as Ken Coffee’s son. And you know what? That is OK with me. 🙂
With Father’s Day coming up, I have decided to honor my Father in a special way. For the last few months, I have been working (off and on) compiling a list of things I have learned from Dad. This list was originally supposed to be a Christmas present to him, but it wasn’t ready. So now it is becoming a Father’s Day present…one that will last throughout the Summer, because the list is long. There are things about family and things about cars and things about vacations and things about finances and things about work and things about sports and things about, well, just about everything. …