A Stabilizing Influence
By Mary Jo Cannard
Her church was in transition. A pastor had moved on and a new one had come. It had happened rather quickly. Not everyone was happy with the change. The pastor was excited, had lots of ideas, and was eager to put them into place. Some in the congregation were adamantly opposed to anything new the pastor suggested. She acted as a stabilizing influence, gently conversing with the pastor, explaining that she might want to slow down, get to know the congregation before implementing major changes. She talked to the congregation about how difficult change was for some people. She spoke of the loss the church had experienced when their pastor had left. They invited a speaker in to talk about the stages of grief and steps the congregants could take to ease the process and prepare to accept their new pastor. Everyone listened. The process wasn’t complete, but things were getting better.
Where would you fit in the above situation? Are you eager to introduce and embrace new ideas? Are you resistant to change? Are you a stabilizing influence on those around you?
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Romans 15:7 ESV
Pray that our congregation will be open to change as new members will join us in membership.
Continue to pray for the evangelistic team as they work out details of the meetings.