Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

It was time for a change, it was time to move the 4:00 pm Saturday service to 5:00 pm. We spent months researching optimum service times, asking families for input and discussing the change with stakeholders. (I didn’t know service times had stakeholders.) When the day came for the change, however, weeping and wailing was heard for miles around. For over a year anonymous cards were dropped in the offering begging, threatening, demanding a return of the 4:00 pm Saturday service. How could a... Read More
What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

There is nothing worse than trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. No matter how hard you push and pry it will not fit correctly. At this point there are two options: try to change the shape of the peg or put it in a different hole. Trying to change the shape of the peg, or person, can cause damage, disruption, and ultimately devalues the way they were created and the gifts that God gave them to use. Instead of reshaping the peg, there are moments when we must find a new hole for the... Read More
Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More
Remembering Who and Whose You are During Times of Change 

Remembering Who and Whose You are During Times of Change 

Everything changes. I used to spend a lot of time trying to avoid change. We moved a lot when I was a child and I think this led to the desire for something permanent. Over the years I’ve realized that everything, everything, everything changes. You have different skin than you did four weeks ago, different blood than you did four months ago, and different bones than you did 10 years ago. The continual act of your body renewing and changing allows this to take place. Incidentally, it’s also... Read More
The Blessing of Discomfort Zones

The Blessing of Discomfort Zones

I have a five-year-old. His name is Truman. If you’ve ever been around a five-year-old you know what a magical time it is. He’s not a baby, yet he has some holdovers like the special stuffed animal he sleeps with, trouble opening certain packages, and he can’t tie his shoes. He’s not completely self-sufficient and needs our supervision. At the same time, he’s exploding with growth. He’s learning how to read and how to write and how to do by himself all the things we take for granted. It seems... Read More