It’s been an busy time here at Little Church Around the Corner. They’ve seen new people come and new people go. They’ve even kept some new people. They’ve been told they are warm, caring, supportive and loving. But they’ve also been told, “You’re not exactly what we’re looking for.”
The Leadership Team is awesome, but they wear blinders. Their goal is “to see people being born again.” And they said they’re not seeing that. I’ve tried to explain that most conversion experiences are gradual and not everyone has the “a-ha! I’ve come to Jesus!” moment. But they remember the past and want to live in the glory days of the ’50s & 60s’ when the church grew enormously. They’re “so disappointed that’s not happening.”
What can I say that I haven’t already told them? Change is so hard and disconcerting, especially in a small church in a small town.
“We don’t want to change. Why should WE change? Isn’t it up to THEM to change? We are who we are!”
And when I tell them the Church has alway changed but the message has not, they look at me as if I’ve grown two heads.